A commercial tractor-trailer truck can be among the largest vehicles on the roads. Not surprisingly, these vehicles experiencing a breakdown can pose a major challenge due to their immense size.
Towing Large Vehicles Requires Specialized Equipment
The large size and extremely heavyweight of a tractor-trailer truck leads to a need for the truck to be towed by specialized vehicles. These vehicles will have the hauling capacity to be able to tow the truck as well as a rig that can support this weight without snapping. Due to the need to have a specialized service tow the truck, it may take longer for the tow service to reach the vehicle.
Decide Whether The Cargo Trailer Needs To Be Disconnected From The Truck
Depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to have the trailer of the truck removed. This can be the case when the cargo is time-sensitive as you may be able to arrange for another driver to complete the haul. However, it can also be necessary for instances where the truck was hauling hazardous cargo. Lastly, some repair centers may simply lack the space for the trailer to be kept on their property. Assessing this will need to be one of the first steps that you take when you determine that the truck will need to be towed to a repair center.
Remove All Of Your Personal Items From The Truck At The End Of The Towing Process
Commercial truck drivers will have to spend immense amounts of time in their vehicles. This can lead to them keeping a variety of personal items in the vehicle. Before you leave the truck at a repair center, you should remove all of the important personal items that you may keep in the truck. This can include any identification documents, permits or company information. Otherwise, you may not be able to reach these documents until the vehicle is fully repaired. In cases where the damage to the truck is extensive and severe, it may take weeks before it can be in working condition again.
Being prepared for your tractor-trailer breaking down can help you with limiting the impacts that this will have on your haul. In particular, knowing the need to use a heavy-duty towing service to handle hauling the vehicle, the need to assess whether the trailer should be disconnected and the benefits of removing your personal items from the truck can help you navigate this stressful experience.