The Value of Preventive Maintenance

When do you take your truck to the repair shop?  If you answered, “When it’s broken,” then you’re likely spending a lot more money and wasting a lot more time than you really need to.  In order to ensure the longevity of your trucks, preventive care is an absolutely essential part of the process.

The Health of the Truck

When a person suffers a heart attack, the medical costs can be very high.  However, any doctor will tell you that taking preventative steps before any heart attack occurs will greatly reduce the likelihood of it and keep your health strong and your insurance costs low.  It’s no different with trucks.  Preventing problems before they happen is the most reliable way to lower your overhead costs in the long run.  Not only does this practice make good economic sense, but it also ensures the safety of your drivers and other motorists.  Additionally, federal law requires that all carriers have a program to inspect and maintain vehicles.

What Does Preventive Maintenance Entail?

Any responsible business responsible for the proper functioning and maintenance of large semi trucks must examine the vehicle to determine what needs to be adjusted, checked, replaced, or lubricated.  It’s important to know when these things need to be done and how they need to be completed.  There are three essential steps to ensuring proper preventive maintenance:

  1. Understand what parts need to be examined and refined.
  2. Understand when and how often to examine them.
  3. Determine when to completely replace or overhaul specific components.

Using the services of a professional and experienced third party can save your company considerable time and energy, and you’re ensuring that the job gets done properly. Preventive maintenance may cost a little extra in the short term, but in the long run it will pay off big time.

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