With your semi-truck fleet, pre-trip inspections are a must. These inspections are critical to avoiding breakdowns and accidents and ensuring the trucks on your fleet arrive at their destinations safely and on time.
Motorplex offers top-of-the-line truck repair and semi-truck fleet maintenance at our shops in Auburn and Spokane, Washington. Here, we share some common things that get missed on many pre-trip inspections.
Check Your Brakes!
Unfortunately, braking systems are not checked as thoroughly as they should be during pre-trip inspections. Some things can get missed in visual inspections, so adding a mechanical brake check to your semi-truck fleet maintenance service schedule is critical.
That’s because many components go along with checking brakes. For example, there needs to be an in-cab check and a check on the brake adjustment with the slack adjuster. Outside the cab, your mechanic must inspect under the trailer and over the wheels. Brakes erode over time, and faulty brakes cause accidents, so you want a company that will diligently check brakes. Regular brake service will help prevent issues for your drivers on the road.
Your drivers or fleet managers must check wheels properly during a pre-trip inspection. While tire pressure and wear are often checked, you must also check the actual wheel components. During an inspection, check your wheel fasteners. They need to be tight and tightened correctly! When you see rust around lug nuts, this is a good indication that your bolt hole is too wide. Get this checked and serviced before you or your fleet starts a trip!
Don’t Forget the Reflectors!
When a light goes out on a vehicle, we get it fixed ASAP. However, reflectors can get overlooked. Your reflectors make it easier for people to see you on the road, especially when you’re pulled over in the dark. Having the greatest visibility possible is always necessary. You want to be sure your reflectors are clean and without any cracks. Ensuring you have reflective strips along your cab and trailer is also essential!
Seatbelts Save Lives
We’ve all heard it a million times, but if you have trucks in your fleet with faulty seatbelts, you must address it immediately. And during a pre-trip inspection, always check your seatbelts. Unfortunately, accidents happen; when they do, a working seatbelt can mean the difference between life and death.
At Motorplex, we take our semi-truck fleet maintenance services very seriously. We want you to feel confident that your semi-truck fleet is safe on the road and that your workers, vehicles, and others on the road are safe, too.
Call Motorplex today to learn more about our semi-truck maintenance services!
Motorplex Offers Fleet Maintenance in Auburn and Spokane
Motorplex offers fleet maintenance, in-shop repairs, and onsite mobile service in Auburn and Spokane. We can work on all makes and models from light automotive, medium-truck, and heavy-duty vehicles. As diesel engine repair experts, you can trust that fleet is in good hands.
Need professional fleet maintenance? Then Motorplex is here to help. Contact us now to book an appointment in Auburn, WA or Spokane, WA!