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Essential Preventative Maintenance Tips for Summer Driving

As the temperature rises and the roads stretch endlessly ahead, it’s time to gear up for the summer driving season. Whether you’re hauling freight cross-country or navigating local routes, the summer months present unique challenges for both vehicles and drivers.

To ensure smooth sailing on the highways, it’s crucial to prioritize preventative maintenance. Here are some essential tips from the ES Advantage team to keep your trucks rolling safely through the summer heat.

Summer Driving

Tire TLC

Your tires are the foundation of safe driving, especially during the sweltering summer months. Start by checking tire pressure regularly, as high temperatures can cause tire pressure to increase. Underinflated tires not only reduce fuel efficiency but also pose a safety risk. 

Additionally, inspect tires for signs of wear and tear, including tread depth and sidewall damage. Consider rotating tires regularly to ensure even wear and optimal performance, prolonging their lifespan and enhancing safety on the road.

Cooling System Care

Summer heat can place significant strain on your vehicle’s cooling system, making it essential to keep it in top condition. Regularly inspect coolant levels and ensure proper coolant mixture to prevent overheating.

Check radiator hoses, belts, and clamps for signs of wear or leaks, as these components play a critical role in maintaining engine temperature. A well-maintained cooling system is your first line of defense against engine breakdowns during hot weather driving.

Battery Health

Extreme temperatures, especially heat, can wreak havoc on your truck’s battery. Before hitting the road, inspect the battery for corrosion, loose connections, and overall condition. Clean any corrosion with a battery cleaning solution and ensure tight connections to prevent starting issues.

Consider having the battery tested, before summer kicks into high gear, to gauge its health and replace it if necessary to avoid unexpected breakdowns on the road.

Fluid Check-Up

Regular fluid maintenance is key to keeping your truck running smoothly throughout the summer. Check engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid levels regularly, topping up as needed.

Also, inspect for any leaks that may have developed over time. Adequate fluid levels and proper lubrication are essential for optimal vehicle performance and longevity, reducing the risk of mechanical failures.

Brake Inspection

Safe braking is paramount for truck drivers, especially when navigating busy summer highways. Inspect brake pads, rotors, and brake lines for wear and tear, and ensure proper brake fluid levels. Address any signs of brake degradation promptly to prevent brake failure on the road. 

Consider scheduling professional brake inspections and maintenance in the next couple of weeks to keep your braking system in top condition for summer driving.

Driver Education and Safety

Beyond vehicle maintenance, prioritize driver education and safety initiatives within your fleet. Provide comprehensive training on summer driving hazards, such as increased traffic, construction zones, and extreme weather conditions.

Encourage drivers to stay vigilant, take regular breaks, and stay hydrated during long hauls. Emphasize the importance of defensive driving techniques and adherence to safety regulations to mitigate the risk of accidents and injuries.

Gear Up For Summer With ES Advantage

At ES Advantage, we understand the importance of keeping your fleet in top condition for summer driving. Our comprehensive advantages empower trucking companies and owner-operators to optimize vehicle performance, minimize downtime, and prioritize driver safety.

Connect with a member of our team to start preparing today and take advantage of our nationwide fuel, shop, and tire network to get your truck set up for success this summer.

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