Can ignoring maintenance increase your crash risk?

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Driving a long-haul truck through Illinois will introduce you to a lot of unique situations. You might encounter inclement weather, road debris, traffic and navigation challenges if unfamiliar with the area.

Reducing your risks of crashing can help you focus better on your job and your safety. Performing routine maintenance on your truck is one effective way to lower your risks.

Improve efficiency

A poorly maintained truck can jeopardize your truck’s uptime. This is its ability to safely and effectively transport cargo. If you have to stop along your route for mechanical problems, you will lose time and could be at odds with your employer. A well-maintained truck will run better and allow you to do your job with precision and efficiency.

Reduce mechanical failure

Perhaps the most glaringly obvious reason to prioritize routine maintenance is to reduce mechanical failure. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of long-haul drivers experience a serious accident during their career. Reducing these risks for yourself requires a constant effort to improve habits and comply with rules and regulations.

Mechanical failure can include a number of problems including brake failure, engine failure, tire blowouts, trailer coupling detachment and steering failure. Putting together a maintenance schedule can help you stay on top of things.

Anticipate the unexpected

Having the reassurance that you have optimized your truck’s performance can help you anticipate the unexpected. With everything in working order, you can more effectively navigate hazards and respond to potentially dangerous situations with poise and control.

A truck accident can change the trajectory of your career and have long-lasting consequences. Every step you take to reinforce your safety can provide critical support and protection.

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