It is the little things that add up to be big issues, but by addressing the little things as needed, you can avoid the large problems later. Little things aren’t really so small after all, if neglected, they combine to become a series of little problems that can seem overwhelming later.

Some little things can have big consequences later. When it comes to your equipment, always try to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to regular maintenance. Most truck owners will get their PM (Preventive Maintenance) done on a regular schedule, but many might neglect the other little things that should be routine also:

  • Lubricate lock mechanisms
  • Lubricate door hinges
  • Check and replace the engine air filter
  • Regularly replace cabin air filter(s), including any bunk air filter(s)
  • Replace air dryer filter
  • Tighten any loose fasteners (bolts, screws, etc)
  • Check shock absorbers, replace as necessary
  • Check airbags and airline fittings
  • Keep tires properly inflated

This is a small list of the often overlooked things that can add up over time. Individually, each only takes a few minutes to check and consequently, if needed, only a few dollars to replace or maintain.

If you ask a handful of drivers why they dislike their trucks, it will usually be several small issues that, if maintained properly, they could have avoided the problems altogether. 10 little things can seem like a lot to do, but take one at a time and it becomes a much smaller issue.

Take care of your equipment and it will take care of your business. Have a maintenance schedule that also includes all the little things that need attention, not just the big stuff.

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Greg Huggins

Greg has been in the trucking industry since the late 1980s. After spending 25+ years as an owner operator with United Van Lines, he leased to Landstar Express America in 2014. Greg is always trying to learn something new and share what he has learned with others.

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