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3 parts of your truck that play an important role


truck-safetyYou may feel like you know your truck inside out, but it’s extremely vital that you recognize the importance of some of the smallest, and seemingly insignificant parts of your vehicle.

There are some things in your truck that you rely on everyday without even thinking about it.

Here are three things in your truck that you should never neglect or fail to maintain. Each has a special function and is essential for keeping you, and your truck, on the road.

  • Gas strut

Also referred to as gas springs, gas lifts and adjustable struts, these small fittings are a common component of automobile and trucks.

Unlike a regular spring, this small device uses compressed gas to exert a much greater force. For this reason, they are used to support the extreme weights of trucks doors and are in use every day when you drive your truck. Should they become bent or damaged, it’s important that a strut is replaced quickly. UK based companies such as WDS Ltd supply replacement gas springs and struts, as do US based suppliers such as Ameritool.

  • Oil Pan

Sometimes referred to as a sump, the function of this crucial engine part is the same, regardless of name. It’s used to hold the precious oil the engine needs to stay lubricated and functioning properly. Without it, things would simply grind to a halt and you wouldn’t be going anywhere fast.

Traditionally, oil pans were made of heavy metal, although modern technology has proposed lightweight plastic as a more effective option. The material used for these new designs was created by DuPont  – you can read more about this innovative technology here – and is credited as being 50 per cent lighter than standard metal pans. It’s better for fuel economy and even reduces noise levels.

  • Tires

When you consider that your average trucker is covering around 400 miles per day – that’s over 120,000 miles per year – it becomes apparent how important the tires of a truck are.

As well as ensuring that the tires on your truck are appropriate for your vehicle and the loads you bear, it’s important that you carry out effective maintenance and checks. That includes looking for any damage and checking the tread and air pressure of your truck’s tires. Take a look at these top 10 tips for truck tire safety, created by Michelin Americas Truck Tires, for more advice on taking care of this important part of your truck.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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