BRAKE SAFETY PREPARATION TIPS FOR TRUCK DRIVERS
Brake safety is vital to staying safe on the road and avoiding fines and large repair bills. According to research and analysis published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), brake problems are a major contributor to accidents involving large trucks in the United States. With that in mind, there are many things you can do to prepare your brakes for any situation that may arise.
Always conduct pre-trip inspections.
Before you go on the road, have your truck's brakes fully inspected. Make sure they are in good working order and have no damage or wear that could affect their effectiveness. If necessary, find the nearest brake replacement specialist immediately to avoid further brake problems. Also, check the brake fluids and brake adjustments to make sure they are in the proper range.
Keep your tires in good condition.
Make sure the load is evenly distributed to avoid putting excessive strain on the truck's brakes. An unevenly distributed load on worn tires can result in reduced braking power and steering.
Be vigilant on the road and pay attention to all traffic conditions.
Hazardous road conditions can include rain, snow, ice, or debris that may be present on the roads. Even changing weather conditions affect the ability of your braking system to stop you in time when needed. Be vigilant and always be prepared for any situation that may arise while driving. Keeping yourself and others safe is your number one priority.
Avoid harsh braking whenever possible by anticipating road conditions and traffic ahead of time. The more often and more sharply you brake, the faster your truck's brakes will wear out.
Always maintain space between your vehicle and other vehicles on the road.
When driving, you should always leave enough room to stop if the vehicle in front of you slows down or stops too quickly. A general rule of thumb is to keep a minimum driving distance that allows you to see the vehicle in front of you as well as all the surrounding areas. This will help you avoid sudden stops or collisions with other vehicles and ensure the safety of the people around you on the road.
Plan for regular maintenance of your fleet.
Regular fleet maintenance will keep your brakes working properly, allowing them to last longer and save you money in the long run. Spending a little time now on routine maintenance will save you a lot more money in the future!
Brake safety is important to the health and well-being of every truck driver and to the lives of all road users. Follow these tips whenever possible to stay safe and always be prepared. We're always on standby, just give us a call at 253-231-5500. And if the need arises, the experts at Tacoma Truck Repair Center will service you to the highest level, so you can get back on the road with serviceable brakes!