Fewer things are more aggravating in a commuter’s life than a side-of-the-road breakdown. Depending on how busy the road is, it can also be dangerous. The larger the vehicle, the more specialized help is needed. Despite the volume of large trucks on our roadways, the accident rate for those trucks is low. With over 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States, 2018 saw less than 116,000 accidents involving reported fatalities or injuries. Most of the time truck roadside assistance is needed, it’s because of a mechanical failure which needs fixing before the truck can get rolling again.
The most common reason for trucks to break down is because of their brakes. These reasons include:
- Worn or nonfunctional brakes or brake pads
- Low brake fluid levels
- Damaged brake lines
- Defective anti-lock brakes
Checking the brakes is part of the daily pre-trip task list to which most professional drivers adhere. Other items on the list include verifying all safety equipment is on board and ensuring things like turn signals work and mirrors are clear. Tractor-trailer owners and operators take safety very seriously because of the people and goods affected by their work. Operators report problems with a rig in writing to the company for a mechanic to look over.
Tractor-trailers are operated in the safest manner possible.