Every once in a while, semi truck drivers get stuck on the side of the road, too. While truck drivers are well-versed in truck inspections and staying up to date with their semi’s maintenance, there are a few accidents and occurrences that can’t be prevented or anticipated. And this may result in them needing a tow.
Roadside assistance for semis is, in some ways, much like roadside assistance for any other vehicle. But knowing the 4 top reasons why semi truck drivers call for a tow will help you better prepare for emergencies that may arise.
- Locking keys in the truck
As embarrassing as it may be to admit, locking keys inside a semi is quite a common occurrence! When semi drivers end up misplacing their keys inside their truck, they often need to call a tow operator for locksmithing services to get their keys out in a timely manner. This may not necessarily result in a tow, but it is often a dilemma that a towing company can help take care of in short order.
- Brake failure
The drum brake and discs on semi trucks are much more susceptible to extreme weather conditions as well as air pressure and friction. This is because they face more than most vehicles due to how they’re set up. Rusting, corrosion, air leakages, and internal water contamination can also wear out semi truck brakes. To reduce how often semi truck brakes fail, it’s important to have your semi regularly serviced and maintained to avoid breakdowns.
- Electrical issues
Semi trucks’ alternators, start motors, and batteries are linked to complex electrical systems due to the sheer size of the vehicles. These complicated systems can easily break down if they aren’t properly maintained and inspected. It’s essential to pay attention to any odd smells that come from your electrical systems and to keep an eye on your battery for any signs of it failing or dying. Leaking batteries often produce odd smells, so keep your nose vigilant for anything out of the ordinary!
- Tire failure
Tire failure is actually more common in semi trucks than typical vehicles because of the stress of their heavy loads over very long distances. Tire wear happens much more quickly on semi trucks that are constantly being driven many miles than your average commuter vehicle. Not keeping an eye on your tire inflation can also contribute to quicker wear. Like every other part of your semi, be sure to keep your tires inflated at the right level and to inspect them before, during, and after every long haul.
If you ever find yourself in a situation where your semi truck is in need of roadside assistance, give Tow Pro a call at 615.256.TOWS(8697). Our experienced operators will get information about your situation and send a tow truck to you in your time of need, no matter what the time of day. We’re available and ready to help, 24/7.