The Top 5 Best Ways to Reduce Unplanned Downtime on the Road

You’re driving along and everything seems fine. You are on schedule to reach your destinations and drop off your delivery. Then, the unthinkable happens and a tire blows out on the trailer. Now you must stop and wait to get it changed.

 

Unplanned downtime can be a real pain, especially when you have somewhere to be. Rather than looking it as a negative, use this time to think about what you could have done to avoid this situation.

 

1. Make a truck driver checklist of things to check before hitting the open road.

Doing a precheck of tires, connections, headlights, taillights, wiper blades, coolant, oil, and other fluids can help prevent unplanned breakdowns. If you notice something is wrong during the precheck, take your truck to the nearest truck mechanic and get it fixed.

 

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2. Perform regular truck maintenance checks at the right intervals.

Change the oil, get a tune-up, change air filters, etc. when they are needed. Don’t put off truck maintenance checks just because you are on your way to making a delivery. Instead, schedule in a few extra hours to ensure your truck gets the TLC it needs to keep going mile after mile.

 

3. Upgrade your truck’s technology with newer devices.

From GPS systems to state-of-the-art Roadwatch sensors and systems, there are many types of technology you could use to make getting to your destinations more efficient, as well as monitoring real-time road conditions and outdoor temperatures.

 

4. Wash your truck to keep it clean.

Dust, dirt, road salt, chemicals, and other debris can cause problems to electrical systems, braking systems, hose connections, and so on. Get into the habit of washing your truck at least once a week and remembering to also wash underneath it to keep it clean.

 

5. Take care of yourself and your health.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, people are relying on truckers more than ever to deliver food, essential items, and healthcare supplies. The last thing you need to do is get sick yourself.

 

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, use an alcohol-based sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands, use a face covering when making deliveries, and practice safe social distancing.

 

Make sure to get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy balanced diet, and take a daily vitamin to help keep your immune system boosted.

 

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By using these 5 great tips, you are sure to reduce unplanned downtime. To find the best semi-truck seats, Roadwatch sensors and systems, and other accessories for your truck, please feel free to explore our wide selections online or contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 for further assistance today!