Trucks used in forest for carrying logs have to be driven with a lot of precautions. Truck drivers driving log haulers have to face lots of challenges in the forest including fallen trees, washouts or slides. These are just physical issues but drivers may even have to experience mechanical issues.
In spite of taking all the precautionary steps the chances that something can go wrong in the engine or brakes in the middle of the forest. It can be due to excessive load or the bumpy roads. It is wise to take certain steps regularly, before you go on the trip in the wilds.
Follow Scheduled Maintenance
It is important that all the trucks operating in the forest must be maintained thoroughly and regularly. Car machinery is complex and the functions are blended with one another, so it is good to have the tires, brake pad, batteries and engine oil level checked. Worn out parts must be replaced. The servicing and maintenance must be performed in accordance to manufacturers manual.
Observe Proper Operating Procedures
The trucks that are used in the forestry industry are equipped or fitted with various additional tools and equipment, like wood chippers, mowers, harvesters, log loaders, etc. The drivers will be trained to use those tools, and also given instructions about the various safety measures that they will need to follow in order to complete the assigned forestry project on time.
It is important that you should avoid overloading the truck too. Use the truck only for the purpose it is meant to. Also drive the vehicle in very safe manner.
Perform prior-trip Inspections
It is important that before driving the vehicle in the forest inspect the important parts of the truck to make sure that they are not damaged. The tires must provide 100% traction and there are no excuses for under inflated, mismatched or worn-out tires. Brakes must perform collectively. In those moments, there will be no scope for, ‘too loose’ or ‘too tight’.
Make sure that the hydraulic fluid, radiator fluid, engine oil is not leaking. Starting the engine and pay attention to see if there is any abnormal sounds. Get the problem resolved if any abnormal sound is observed.
After taking the truck in workshop check all the important parts of the vehicle. Ensure that the brakes are working smoothly without any obstruction while pressing. In case there is a hydraulic system used, check it. There should be no traces of leaks even a small leak can affect the hydraulic systems pressure. Make sure that all the lights are functioning properly including brake lights.
Inspection is also necessary after the vehicle is parked, at the end of a full day work. There is every chance that the truck may have got damaged or dented during the day while it was used in the forest.
Some of the safety tips from professional truck drivers at Payeur include you to practice best driving etiquettes and let other folks on the trail pass.
If you follow all the above things consistently then you can drive safely in the forest as well as the lifespan of your truck increases.