Every truck owner knows, or should know, the importance of having regular maintenance checks performed on their vehicles. It is essential for the life of the truck and trailer the safety of its passengers that periodic inspections are conducted in order to prevent breakdowns or serious accidents and loss of life before they occur. A truck/trailer that is well serviced and maintained, and kept in top working order will provide many benefits. These include saving money on costly repair parts that could have easily been avoided with just minimal preventative maintenance.
It may be tempting to cut corners in an effort to save a little money when repairing and maintaining your truck. However, this is not a course of action that you should take when it comes to something that you rely on for transportation. Truck and trailer safety should be the biggest factor in determining which parts to purchase and how often to have your vehicle checked for potential problems.
When you use inferior parts in the repair of your vehicle, you run the risk that they will wear out more quickly than if you had used quality truck and trailer spares. The better the product, the longer it will last. This will not only save you money down the road, so to speak, but it will also help to ensure that you and your passengers are best protected in the event of an accident. Insurance companies are also very strict when claims are made on heavy duty vehicle accidents, especially on safety critical components. If certain specifications are not adhered to, the claim is scrapped immediately.
Some truck owners may think it is best to use the cheapest truck parts available. They may justify this in their own minds by thinking that it is just a temporary fix and when they have a little more money they will invest in higher quality truck parts. This is flawed logic. By choosing cheap materials and shoddy workmanship over quality, you run the risk of that specific part breaking down and causing further damage. This may affect the overall safety and integrity of the vehicle. This is not only unwise, but it is also needlessly reckless.
Truck and trailer safety should be at the top of the list of priorities for every driver, workshop manager, transport operator and fleet owner. Saving a few bucks on a cheap part pales in comparison to the costs that can arise from even the most minor of accidents. Regular tests should be run on the engine, brakes (truck and trailer), tyres, valves, axles and suspensions and all safety features of the vehicle should be in top working order.
It is important to have your truck and trailer checked and serviced on a regular basis as well as to use quality truck and trailer parts in the vehicle’s repair.