Traffic lights are one of the most safety important part of truck equipment and over the last ten years there were quite huge improvements in the area of truck lights. Around ten years ago there were front truck lights with xenon bulbs which were the huge jump in providing more visibility and more safety. When xenon lights arrived on market it was a huge jump in technology and trucking business imported them from car industry.
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Same thing is happening now days with front LED lights. Just like xenon lights they are also arriving to truck industry from car industry. Improved durability and visibility are the mail advantages. But more about that in the following lines….
Despite the technology was able to develop and equip trucks with better truck lights human factor remains very important and it is up to every driver to take care for truck lights because in those dark areas with no highway lights it is a matter of safety. So I created a list of 10 important things to have in mind when maintaining your truck lights:
1. Inspect Truck Lights Regularly
Regular daily inspection can take not more than 1 minute to visually inspect and check is everything OK with the lights on both trailer and truck. This visual check can save you a lot of headache and it can save you from getting a ticket while driving truck in the middle of nowhere.
Tickets can lead to bad safety rating so this small thing can cause a big mess in every trucking company. Pay attention to details and make this a standard practice in your company. Even though it is mandatory to fulfill a DVIR form on a daily base, some driver just fill it without even looking what is the actual condition of track lights.
2. Maintain the Front Truck Headlights
What I mean by maintaining your truck lights is what you need to take care of the possible damages that can be caused by small stones or hits while you are driving the truck every day.