Every trucker wants to be successful. One way to ensure that you will have a long and fruitful career is to do your best to make your routes on time. But truck fires can destroy your reputation and slow your growth as a long-haul trucker. So how can you prevent these fires? Let’s find out how.
Although smoking can help you relax, it’s not a good idea to do it inside your cab. When you want to have a smoke break, find a safe place to pull over and take a break. After all, when you get out of your truck to stretch and get some fresh air, you can also get food, water, and talk to any other truckers who might be nearby. The ashes and still-lit butts of cigarettes can ignite any trash you have on your floorboards. Even if you use e-cigarettes or vaping cartridges instead of cigarettes or cigars, there is still a risk of truck fires breaking out.
Replace Your Brakes
You also need to replace your brakes. Other drivers on the road will replace their car’s brakes. Just because your truck is a different type of vehicle doesn’t mean it won’t need functional brakes. If anything, it is even more important that your brakes aren’t faulty. Old brakes dragging along the asphalt can also spark a fire. Timely preventative maintenance, especially between cargo hauls, can stop this nightmare from becoming a reality.
Check Tire Pressure
It’s also necessary to double-check tire pressure. The tires attached to your truck will behave differently from all the other vehicles you will pass on your journeys across the state or across the country. Friction from dragging tires due to underinflation can also start truck fires. Your rig will serve you well as long as you take care of it!
Address Worn-Out Wiring
The electrical components under your hood can also be the cause of a truck fire. You owe it to yourself to check on the wiring once a month. During this inspection, you can get rid of dirt, grease, dust, or other particulates that could be fuel for a fire.
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