WHEN it comes to maintenance, Brown and Hurley Rockhampton's service manager Shaun Dunn is your guy.
Mr Dunn, who works with customers to develop maintenance plans specific to their needs and application, said with the distances trucks did in Australia and the road conditions they endured, regular maintenance was imperative.
"Minor issues can become dangerous and costly very quickly if not picked up and rectified through regular maintenance,” Mr Dunn said.
"A well-maintained vehicle in general improves the safety for the driver and other road users.”
He said when it came to safety, the brakes and steering systems of the truck should take priority and safety risks involved in maintaining vehicles was endless.
He said every driver should know about an application specific maintenance program, including preventative maintenance, was paramount for safety, reliability and cost management.
"The driver needs to know when the unit is due for service and to present it for such work in keeping within the guidelines of the program,” he said.
"The driver should always ensure they have maintenance carried out by trained technicians with up-to-date service information specific to the vehicle and to ensure the usage of quality parts that meet or exceed OEM specifications to maintain warranties and ADR compliance.”
In general, Mr Dunn said the condition of heavy vehicles today was excellent in comparison to even a decade ago.
"Sure there are still some very poorly maintained vehicles out there but they are definitely the extreme minority,” he said.