Semi-tractor trailers comprise 42 percent of all commercial truck traffic on America’s highways. These commercial trucks often drive thousands of miles each week, so they undergo considerable wear and tear. Not only is there the constant barrage of sun and weather, but there’s all the loading and unloading at different docks.
It’s the wise trucking company owner or manager who ensures his fleet is well maintained and operating efficiently. You of course have all the regular maintenance any vehicle, especially ones of this size, should undergo. But maintenance routines should also include inspection of the tractor trailer door and all its parts: rollers or springs, tracks, cables, brackets and high-tension components.
For many drivers, their truck is their home away from home. And you’d regularly maintenance your home’s overhead garage door, right? So it follows, then, that you should regularly manage all of your trucks’ trailer doors. As a business owner, a broken trailer door on just one of your freight trucks can completely disrupt an entire supply line, costing you time, money, and maybe professional relationships. As your driver, a broken door on their semi’s trailer is a risk for their safety, health and livelihood.
Is your fleet getting the tractor trailer door maintenance it should?
The Unforgiving Life of a Trailer Door
Trailer doors are sort of jacks of all trades. They’re impact doors, security doors and mobile storage facility doors. Truck trailer doors are designed to open and close many times a day. They’re also meant to keep safe a super-heavy, very-expensive load of goods as they travel a long way. As well, truck trailer doors need to be easy and safe to use.
Heavy, commercial-grade materials are used so the trailer doors can stand up to constant abuse. To match, the commercial-grade hardware for trailer doors is meant to withstand just about anything. But still, if neglected too long and not properly maintenanced, even the strongest door hardware on the most reinforced truck trailer doors can become worse than useless – they become dangerous.
A break or malfunction in a freight hauler door can result in danger for the driver as well as the inventory the truck trailer door secures. It also puts hundreds of other people’s safety at risk should something happen while on the highway.
A broken trailer door can render the semi-tractor trailer inoperable, necessitating repairs and costing the company down time. All these complications are extra costs: a broken trailer door means the truck can’t function for you – that’s lost time, plus the time it takes to repair. A messed up semi-truck door also puts your driver out for that time, or sees them in an unfamiliar and uncomfortable alternative while theirs is being repaired. And then, of course, there’s the straightforward expense of paying for the parts and labor to have truck door installers repair the trailer doors for you.
Keeping Your Staff Safe with Secure Semi Truck Trailer Doors
At the end of the day, you can’t expect your loaders or drivers to treat every trailer door gently or with care – your guys have productivity and efficiency to worry about. The rough use these trailer doors undergo from use, weather, movement during transport, etc., coupled with the host of problems a broken truck trailer door can cause, make regular maintenance and repairs integral to keeping your business running smoothly and safely.
And just like it’s their job to get inventory to and from point to point, it’s your job as a business owner to make sure the equipment they need to do that is in safe, working order. For any company that deals with shipping and receiving, the truck doors on your freight fleet are a serious part of that necessary equipment.
The hardware on the trailer doors is also important here. Just like any commercial door, tractor trailer doors are part of a system. When functioning as they should, they open and close securely and snugly, protecting the freight and ensuring the safe operation of the semi-tractor trailer. Modern tractor trailer doors are efficient, strong and secure.
But sometimes, things go wrong. Loads can shift and damage the trailer door on the inside; traffic accidents, weather and encounters with roadside hazards also take a toll. Reinforced commercial-grade door hardware can optimize the length of time the trailer doors last and lower the maintenance level they need, which is cost-effective in the long run, and doesn’t definitely hurt your workplace’s OSHA compliance.
Let the Pros Care for Your Tractor Trailer Doors
SACS DOOR & GATE of Sacramento has you covered for repairs and maintenance of truck trailer doors, including regular cleaning, inspection and lubrication. We provide trailer door installation and service for an extensive range of tractor trailer door makes and models, and have the expertise to inspect and repair trailer doors so they meet (and exceed!) safety regulations.
Need a replacement? We can help. And since we’re a locally-based commercial door installation and repair company, each time your fleet makes its rounds back through Sacramento, you can give us a call for routine inspections and maintenance of your tractor trailer doors.
Get in touch with us today. Protect your investment, and the safety of your drivers, with quality tractor trailer door repair and maintenance.