Long distance moves can take a toll on your moving truck. Big trucks transporting heavy loads and experience engine wear, break and tire wear, and other maintenance issues that local transportation vehicles don’t. The large rigs that have to navigate through downtown New York on a daily basis experience a different kind of wear than that of a long distance moving truck. According to one group of New Jersey long distance movers, keeping their moving trucks maintained is as important as keeping the employees that drive them happy.
It’s almost just as important to take great care of your big truck as it is to get a gig driving it. With moving companies, those gigs are a little different than semi-haulers that transport shipping containers. Long distance moving trucks are responsible for transporting a homeowners personal belongings in state or out of state. It’s a different responsibility, but one that can be extremely demanding on your truck. Depending on where the homeowner is moving too, you may find yourself navigating mountainous terrains that require your vehicle to work a little harder on those big hills. This is just one reason why continuous maintenance is so important. Long distance moves require time management, families are depending on you to move their belongings across the state or country in a timely manner. If you are late due to your trucks breaking down and they are waiting to get moved because they are on a deadline, then this becomes very inconvenient to the homeowner. It isn’t always easy to keep tabs on the little details which keep your truck maintained properly and working at peak performance. But if you own a long distance fleet of moving trucks, then here are some tips to help you keep your moving trucks running at peak performance.
Check Your Oil Levels
It is vital that you take time to check your oil regularly, particularly before a long distance move. This is especially important when your rig is new, or if you have purchased it new. Another time to double check the oil levels is after any engine work has been completed. Strong engines require plenty of oil and if you don’t remember to check it regularly, it can damage your engine real quick, costing you a pretty penny to rebuild. Not to mention the loss of money from missing out on moving opportunities.
Check Your Radiator Levels
Make certain to check your radiator levels before any long distance trips, being especially careful to inspect the radiator itself and not just the overflow container. Top the fluids off before making any long distance trips. Check for any tiny leaks so you can address them immediately before they cause overheating, which will then cause damage to your engine. Simple maintenance like this allows you to become more familiar with your moving truck which helps when you are on the road. Drivers should be just as familiar with the trucks as the shop mechanics. When you embark on a long distance move, your local shop mechanics are not going to be there to help you out. So if you are a driver, learn these basic maintenance tips.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is also extremely important to check and this ought to be done daily, especially before a long haul. The more frequently you are moving families, the more frequently you should be checking these things. Tire pressure may vary with changes in the weather, and of course the size of the load you are transporting. Under-inflated tires may lower gas mileage and also make steering more difficult. Over-inflated tires are somewhat more vulnerable to punctures and pothole harm. Check for the right pressure for your specific brand of tires, and double check them after you have filled the truck with the load you will be moving.
Gas can cost a ton when moving long distances, double check your route for alternate paths that may avoid rush hour traffic or construction that may slow you down. Sitting at an idle in traffic can burn fuel and end up costing you more in gas then you budgeted for. If possible, try to time your move before or after rush hour traffic. Also, keeping a steady pace when traveling the highways is optimal, with minimal gas and break and more of a steady foot.
Check Your Brakes
Be certain that you have your brakes checked frequently. If you are moving families regularly long distances then make sure you pay attention to this. This is especially important in mountainous regions where there are big uphill climbs that are followed by big downhill decent. Aside from keeping drivers safe, this is a great way to limit liability for other drivers and keep everyone safe.
If your truck has been sitting for a couple of days, make a point to check all the things listed above. Do a once over of the entire truck before heading out on the road. Check the underside to make sure nothing has nested, nothing is chewing on exposed wiring, and that nothing was damaged from the last trip. Keep windows and mirrors clean so you can see well at night, check brake lights, turn signals, and headlights. Keeping water and snacks in the cab is also recommended. Long distance drives can easily lead you down desolate roads without phone reception or gas stations. Having a day worth of food and drinks will ensure survival if your truck breaks down and you become stranded.