Check Your Truck Lights!

Post Date - Mar 25, 2024

Lack of vehicle maintenance is one of the top reasons Owner Operators are cited for a safety violation if they’re pulled over. As an owner-operator of a truck, it's important to regularly check and maintain your external truck lights to ensure safety and compliance with regulations. Here are the key external lights to inspect:

  1. Headlights
  2. Taillights
  3. Brake Lights
  4. Turn Signals
  5. Reverse Lights
  6. Marker Lights
  7. License Plate Lights
  8. Hazards

If you find that one of these lights may be out, you can change it yourself:

  1. Always consult the manufacturer’s manual- it will give you instructions in addition to recommended replacement bulbs. Consider keeping a spare light bulb or two in hand in case one goes out while you’re on the road.
  2. Gather the tools- depending on your truck, you may need a screwdriver, pliers, or other tools in addition to the new light.
  3. Locate the bulb housing.
  4. Remove the old bulb and replace it with a new bulb.
  5. Secure the bulb housing.
  6. Test your lights.

Regularly checking and maintaining your truck's external lights is crucial for safety on the road. If you're unsure or uncomfortable with the process, consider seeking professional assistance from a mechanic or service center. If you find that your light is still not working despite your efforts, it could be a blown fuse, so ensure you have spare fuses on hand. Every mile counts, but safety matters most. Run Safe. Run Smart. Run for Roadrunner.