The Mark of Distinction
Most businesses take a lot of pride in their operations. They spend thousands of dollars on landscaping, maintenance and making their parking lot look good. Every year. Thousands of dollars.
Then some tractor-trailer that took a wrong turn comes whipping in and out, dragging the trailer wheels on the pavement, mashing down any loose gravel and sometimes gouging out chunks, all at the same time, leaving their “mark of distinction.”
Here’s the end result . . .
It’s really unprofessional.
Not only that, it’s hard on the equipment and tires. Any product in the trailer may get bounced around, and sometimes, depending on the load, in a tight 90 degree turn the trailer can lean over on the wheels.
A common turn-around “trap” is a church parking lot. Church parking lots may be designed for car traffic and not hold up under a fully-loaded tractor-trailer.
If a truck damages a parking lot, like falling through the pavement or busting up the concrete, the company is liable for the damages.
Another real smooth move is dry-steering.
Dry steering is turning the front wheels while the truck is stationary or not in motion.
Once again, the tires — the front tires this time — are being ground into the pavement and it’s hard on the power-steering system. And it will leave a smaller mark of distinction, especially on concrete or pavement when it’s hot.
Do not dry steer!
We, of course, try not to actually “drop” the trailer. But uncoupling a trailer on pavement on a hot day can result in the pads of the landing gear or dollies sinking into the pavement. Consider placing a pad, plate, or plank under the dollies, if the parking lot does not have concrete strips for trailer parking.
Avoid Doing Damage to Parking Lots
Plan your drops. Communicate with the customer.
If there is no room or little room to turn around, consider backing into the parking lot from the street.
Make sure the trailer will be stable, if uncoupled on a parking lot.
Always be professional on the customer’s property and off.
Thank you for reading this.