Before you set out on the road for a long trip, there are certain steps you should take to guarantee that your truck is not only in good shape, but that it is also safe to be driving it on the road. Any problems or damages that require attention should be handled before you depart. A pre-trip inspection is a vital part of any successful trip in your truck.
Check the coolant and oil levels and look for potential problems or leaks. Seal caps tight on the fluids and check the engine blocks for any fluids leaking down the side. Check hoses and fan belts for signs of wear and tear. Look closely for any loose wires in the engine. Refill the windshield wiper fluid and check axles, shock absorbers, king pins, and ball joints.
Do a quick check on your tires, make sure the 5th- wheel is coupled, watch for problems with landing gear, and give electrical cords and air lines a visual check. Check brake pads, trailer suspension, and positioning of brake adjustment indicators. Look the entire truck over and pinpoint any body damage. By practicing good self-inspections often, drivers can avoid confronting a truck accident attorney later after an avoidable accident.
Once you have performed all the steps above, put the engine in neutral and start it. Check your gauges and electrical system. Ease the clutch out slowly to determine if there is a problem, but don’t let it idle too long. Test your flashers and lights, visually check the engine for leaks and watch belts to ensure they are turning and have the right amount of tension.
Once you have visually and manually inspected your rig, walk around it while it is running and make sure all lights function. Back up and pull forward a few feet to ensure you are moving smoothly. Test the foot brake before you set off on your trip. With just a few extra precautions, you can greatly decrease the chances of causing a serious accident.