Wondering why it takes so long for semi-truck repairs? Well, you and every other truck driver waiting in the shop are wondering the same thing. When you’re stuck at the shop, you’re not making money. You might get some financial support if you’re a company driver, but as a lease driver you’re not only paying for repairs but you’re also losing money on all the loads you could be hauling.
When you go into a car dealership for a new vehicle, you want something nice and well-taken care of. At a dealership, can you guarantee that the new-to-you vehicle went through a thorough inspection and everything on it was fixed that needed to be taken care of? Nope. That car that was 500 miles from needing new brakes didn’t get new brakes. That huge dent didn’t get buffed out.
It’s hard to believe, but sooner than you think, snow will be covering the ground and the roads will be icy. It brings an entirely new set of hazards to driving.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) reported that there were 388,000 accidents in 2018 involving large trucks. Did you know that a significant number of semi-truck accidents are caused by a total lack of maintenance or poor maintenance? Yikes. That means there are a significant number of trucking accidents that are preventable.