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Tip No: 13 - Regular Maintenance
Law requires regular maintenance and inspection of trucks. In fact truck drivers are frequently stopped for roadside inspections. When the vehicle passes the test, it receives a dated decal, which has to be attached to the side of the truck. In addition, trucks must undergo periodic inspections. Ministry of Transportation officers regularly conduct on-site compliance audits of safety and maintenance programs at trucking company terminals.

Regular care of your car will save you dollars and, more importantly, may save your life.

Take time to read the owners manual, which comes with your car. If you have any questions, talk with a licenced mechanic. If you notice a strange or new sound, try to document where it comes from and when it happens, then go to a mechanic for help.

Have your car serviced regularly. Dirty oil damages the engine. Dirty air filters or misfiring sparkplugs can reduce your km/litre by l0 percent.

A slow choke can increase gas consumption by 30 per cent.

Don't wait until you have a flat. Check the air pressure of your tires regularly, and pay attention so the information in your manual about winter and summer pressures. If your car pulls to one side, check your tire pressure first.

Check the depth of the tread on your tires at regular intervals. Lack of tread, particularly in slippery conditions, can be fatal for you and yours.

Make sure your brakes are always in good working condition and your wheels properly aligned to prevent uneven tire wear and steering difficulties.

This driving tip is from the Partners in Safety booklet, which was published by the Ontario Trucking Association.  Expert instructors of the DSAO have carefully vetted all of these tips.

  Driving Tips
  1-Training Counts
  2-Setting Out
  3-Driving in the Rain
  4-Passing Trucks
  5-Preventing Skids
  6-Handling Skids
  7-Defensive Driving
  8-Backing Up
  9-Sharing The Road With A Truck
  10-Seat Belts
  11-Night Driving
  12-Braking
13-Regular Maintenance
  14-Biking & Blading
  15-Expressway Driving
  16-Preparing For A Long Trip
  17-Long Distance Driving
  18-Highway Hypnosis
  19-Break Down
  20-Preparing For Winter
  21-The Survival Kit
  22-Winter Driving
  23-Getting Unstuck
  24-Courtesy And Common Sense

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