As a truck owner, there are a lot of good things you can do for your truck, such as buying only the highest quality parts and accessories and finding a reputable mechanic. There are also, however, some very bad things that you can do, things that can hurt your truck and shorten its lifespan. One thing to avoid is not buying the right accessories. It can be tempting to spend your money on “fun” accessories rather than necessary ones, but don’t do it. Things like tonneau covers, which protect your vehicle’s bed are absolutely necessary. Without tonneau covers, you not only run the risk of having your truck bed damaged but also of losing or causing damage to the cargo you carry.
Another big no-no of truck ownership is skipping out on regularly scheduled maintenance tasks. Every truck needs to have various maintenance jobs performed at least once a month. Many of these are simple enough that you can do them yourself, so there’s no reason not to take care of them. Consult your truck’s owner’s manual or visit your mechanic to work out a reasonable maintenance schedule that will allow your truck to run strong for many years to come.
Above, it was mentioned that some maintenance tasks can be performed by you, rather than by a qualified mechanic. Keep in mind, however, that this does not apply for more serious tasks or if you don’t have a good, working knowledge of your vehicle. There is nothing wrong with not being a professional mechanic, but there is something wrong with acting like one without the knowledge to back it up.