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Poor maintenance of semis can lead to serious crashes

Traveling on the highway, you know that it can get dangerous in the winter. For commercial truck drivers, the hazards other drivers can easily maneuver around and through aren't so easy.

On top of that, driving a semi-truck in the winter has its own set of hazards. If their vehicles aren't in good shape, they could end up causing a crash. Here are a few things that could go wrong without good vehicle maintenance.

  • If you don't add enough antifreeze with your windshield washer fluid, the fluid could freeze in its container. That would mean you couldn't use it to clear your windshields, which could lead to a crash.
  • The temperature changes that affect a semi in the winter make components expand and contract. That can lead to leaks, which is why winter maintenance and visual checks are important before driving.
  • Ice and snow have the potential to build up on the top of trailers. This precipitation could fall off the rear of the vehicle and impact other drivers, so it's important to clear it before driving.
  • The brakes could lock up if the air lines freeze. This could cause a serious collision if the vehicle is in motion before it occurs.

These are just a few reasons why truck drivers and trucking companies need to pay attention to their vehicles and the vehicles' conditions. If they are not maintained properly, they become a hazard to those who are on the roads.

Our website has more on trucking accidents and what you should do if you're hit. Poor maintenance is a hazard to everyone, and drivers using dangerous vehicles need to be held responsible.

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