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Buying a Used Truck for Your Fleet? Top Tips for Safety’s Sake

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If you run a small- or medium-sized business (SMB), you might cut corners here and there to save money. One common thing SMB business owners do is to buy used semi-trucks instead of new ones for their fleet. Although nothing is wrong with doing this, you should take the process of buying a used truck cautiously. After all, the safety of your drivers relies on that.

Here are several tips to help make sure that the truck you’re looking into is actually safe.

 

3 Common Causes of Brake Imbalance

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Brakes are the most important safety feature for every single vehicle on the road. Yet for a semi truck with a heavy load in tow, the importance of well-tuned brakes holds even more importance. If even a single brake ceases to work the way it should, your vehicle may be at risk of losing control.

One of the most commonly experienced brake problems has to do with balance — in other words, some of your brakes doing more work than others. Don’t make the mistake of writing off this issue as no big deal. Over time, even a relatively minor imbalance will grow worse, putting you at greater and greater risk as it does.

Air and Hydraulic Brakes: Similarities and Differences

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Many people, including a large proportion of laymen, understand that semitrucks and other large vehicles use air brake systems. However, people don’t always understand how air brakes function, especially in comparison to hydraulic braking systems found on smaller vehicles.

Below is an explanation of air brake and hydraulic brake systems and what you should know about each, including the similarities and differences between the two types.

Understanding Your Truck’s Driveline

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The multitude of components that make up a heavy-duty truck can be intimidating — even for seasoned experts. While most operators possess at least a passing familiarity with the principal components, more specialized ones often go overlooked. Unfortunately, this can lead to the formation of expensive and time consuming problems.

For that reason, drivers should be encouraged to take a proactive approach to understanding your truck and its various parts. This makes it easier to spot potential issues before they result in a full-blown crisis. This article will help to improve your knowledge of key truck parts by providing a useful introduction to the component known as the driveline.

6 Upgrades to Enhance the Operation of Semi-Truck Brakes

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Brakes that perform well are important to ensuring the safety of semi-truck operation. You should make efforts to optimize brake performance so that your vehicles are safe to drive in any condition.

Fortunately, you have many upgrades available to you to make your truck’s brakes stronger and give them a faster response time. The following are six brake upgrades you may want to consider to improve your work vehicles and ensure safe braking when your trucks are towing heavy loads.

Taking Care Of Your Truck’s Air Suspension

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Air suspensions are quickly becoming a mainstay in many commercial trucking fleets, especially with many new trucks featuring “air ride” systems aimed towards delivering driver comfort. Unlike traditional steel springs, air suspensions offer a consistently smooth ride regardless of whether the truck is heavily loaded or running empty.

Even when faced with a tough fleet maintenance schedule, neglect is never an option when dealing with your truck’s air suspension. Taking a proactive approach towards maintenance can help prevent problems that could result in expensive downtime.

Start the Year Off Right

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End-of-Year Maintenance Tips for Trucking Professionals

At the start of each year, many trucking companies set projections and goals for their business and their profits. As the literal driving force behind your organization, the trucks you rely on play a critical role in your ability to meet these goals. The average truck operator will spend around 10 percent of their earnings to cover maintenance costs.

However, when maintenance is not made a priority, this percentage could easily increase and take a real bite out of your profits. Set yourself up for a more prosperous year with these end-of-year truck maintenance tips.

Routine Fleet Maintenance Can Protect Your Business

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Operating a business is an overwhelming task at times, and with so many things to focus on, it’s easy to overlook fleet maintenance. Don’t make this mistake. Failure to properly maintain your fleet of trucks introduces some unplanned costs, and not just in terms of financial obligations. Learn what a commitment to fleet maintenance can offer your business in both the short term and long term.

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