Summer Maintenance Tips: Prevention is Key

This year we have unseasonably high summer temperatures throughout the United States. Extreme heat can put vehicles at risk of experiencing breakdowns, tire issues, and mechanical failures – especially if the vehicle is not properly maintained. In a recent survey, AAA found that 4 out of 10 Americans are not prepared for emergency breakdowns. Granted, many of these are passenger vehicles, but preventative maintenance is equally important for truck drivers.

Because over 70% of America’s freight is transported on roadways, unmaintained trucks and trailers can put a huge burden on our constantly moving economy. A single breakdown could cause a chain of events that creates monetary and service issues for multiple parties involved. Proper vehicle maintenance is essential.  Don’t get caught on the side of the road wishing you’d taken some preventative measures to keep your vehicle and freight moving.

Here are four major problems truckers could experience throughout the summer.

Cooling System Issues

Over time, the protective additives in coolant become depleted. To avoid engine overheating, ensure coolant is full, clean, and fresh. Additionally, most vehicle fluids lubricate and cool by carrying heat away from system components.

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