If your operation serves the northern states, Midwest, or any other area that’s affected by the seasons, now is a good time to start thinking about getting your fleet ready for the winter driving. Dropping temperatures, icy roads, and heavy snowfalls all create increased problems for drivers. The key to managing these challenges is preparation.
Here are some ways to prepare your fleet for winter driving:
Colder temperatures are going to cause a decrease in tire pressure. When treaded tires are not inflated to their intended settings, they can buckle, leaving less space for channeling water and snow. Proper traction is crucial during winter weather, so make sure your fleet’s tires are properly inflated.
In areas where below freezing temperatures are common, fleet managers often change oil types to put less stress on the engine. A thinner variety of oil with a lower degree of viscosity may be beneficial. Check with your professional fleet services provider for a dependable recommendation.
Winter temperatures cause oil to thicken, making the engine harder to turn, and placing more of a power demand on the battery. Since the chemical reactions necessary for the battery to operate tend to be slower in cold conditions, this can be especially problematic. Be sure to inspect and test all of your fleet batteries to make sure they are ready for the challenge.
Visibility may be a matter of life or death when it comes to blinding sleet and snow. Make sure your fleet’s wiper blades are in excellent condition for optimal visibility and safety. Keep the wiper fluid topped off at all times, and that is it formulated to withstand extremely cold temperatures.
Overheating may not be something you are expecting in the dead of winter, but a harder working engine may be at risk for just that. Make sure to have at least a 1-to-1 mixture of water and antifreeze to assure that the coolant continues to flow as needed.
Stash an emergency kit in every vehicle, in case a driver gets stranded. In addition to light sticks, reflective triangles, fire extinguisher, safety vest, first aid kit, and other standard safety items, your winter kits should include hats, gloves, and blankets, too.
Raben Tire is your experienced team to assist with all of your fleet needs. Contact us to learn more about how we can help keep you running in all seasons.