Pre-Trip Tips For Professional Truck Drivers - Advanced-Trucking
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Pre-Trip Tips For Professional Truck Drivers

A large rig truck can’t be started as quickly or easily as a car, and there are additional measures to be taken before driving off. 

The diesel engine must be warmed up and everything must be in working order before traveling.

It’s crucial to execute this properly as a professional driver. 

The driver could injure himself or others by failing to make sure all systems are in working order if the correct procedures are not followed, damage the truck’s engine or drivetrain, or both.

Pre Trip Inspection For Truck Drivers

Warming Up A Truck Engine

  • Activate the clutch.
  • Make sure the gear shift is in the neutral position before grabbing it.
  • Start the truck while holding down the clutch.
  • After that, slowly release the clutch to ensure the vehicle won’t take off.
  • Make sure there is enough oil pressure by checking the oil pressure gauge (for example, approximately 60+ on a cold start).
  • Verify that the truck doesn’t have any warning lights or buzzers that might be malfunctioning.
  • To warm up, let the motor idle. 
  • Don’t crank the engine; instead, let it idle for at least 10 minutes.
  • Ensure the brakes are engaged.
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In The Truck

  • Check the bunk to make sure nothing will fly forward when you drive by securing anything.
  • Ensure that there is no debris or obstructions in any of the walk spaces in the cab and sleeping bunk.
  • Air pressure ought to be 120.
  • Pushing in the RED button on the dash will now activate air to the trailer 
  • Make careful to keep an eye on the air pressure gauge to make sure it doesn’t fall below 100lb. 
  • If it does, you have a situation that requires immediate care.
  • Wait until the air pressure is 120 lb again.
  • Listen for any air leaks after exiting the truck.
  • Make sure the airbags in the trailer have inflated.
  • To check for air leaks, pull down the trailer brake and take another thorough stroll around the truck and trailer.
  • Verify the functionality of each and every light.

Block the Wheels

  • Disengage the trailer brake on the truck. 
  • Put a piece of wood on the brake pedal and take another walkabout, checking the brake lights, listening for air leaks, and making sure the space behind the trailer is clean.
  • Release all of the truck’s brakes, then back up a few steps to check that all of the trailer wheels are moving. 
  • To check that the trailer brake is functioning properly, roll forward a short distance and pull on the trailer brake.
  • Recheck all instruments, including the fuel gauge, and the voltage meter to ensure the alternator is operating properly.
  • Release the clutch slowly while moving forward, turning sharply to the right as space allows, and checking your rearview mirror to see the trailer tires. If possible, do the same on the left side. 

Every time you leave the yard or embark on a vacation, follow the instructions for starting a huge rig. Professional truck drivers are aware that it is a sensible thing to do.