Is Your Truck Fleet Ready For The Winter Months?
Every year, the winter season presents a tremendous challenge to the motor carriers. The inevitable cold weather, icy roads, and heavy snowstorms present hazardous conditions that truck drivers must always keep in mind in order to maintain safety.
Roadside failures rise at least 22% each winter due difficult road conditions. However, timely fleet maintenance and properly winterized tucks will help lower the risk of breakdowns. Here is a list of 7 preventative measures that will help prepare your truck fleet for the winter months:
1. Inspect Tires
Tires are arguably the most important pieces of equipment when it comes to ensuring safe driving during the winter months. The tire pressure must consistently be monitored during the winter season, as pressure decreases when the temperatures drop. Additionally, the truckers should use tires with winter treads for optimal traction on the icy and snowy roads. In severe situations, it is also best practice to place tire chains on your tires.
2. Use Synthetic Oil
During the winter, it is best to switch from conventional to synthetic oil. The chemical makeup of synthetic oil allows it to withstand the extreme temperature lows and will allow your vehicle’s engine to operate at a greater capacity during winter months.
3. Swap Out Your Battery:
A fresh battery is the best defense against cold winter. It will have the best chance of sustaining power in brutally cold conditions.
4. Mind the Exterior:
Be sure to keep the exterior of your vehicle clean. Areas of upmost importance include the windshield, windshield wipers, and mirrors. To ensure the highest possible visibility while on the road, check the bulbs in the head and taillights and replace if they are dim.
5. Check Coolant/Antifreeze
Coolant and Antifreeze are the most important chemicals in the winter as they serve as the first line of defense for your engine. Be sure to constantly monitor their levels and refill if necessary.
6. Maintain Your Fuel System
Constantly check the ignition and glow plugs to be sure they are clean and operating at peak performance.
7. Prepare a Winter Driving Kit
Every truck driver should always carry an emergency kit with them during the winter months. Recommended items to include in this winter kit include flashlights, blankets, extra clothing, first aid kit, cell phone, and charger.
8. Download FYX Driver App To Get Instant Help During Breakdowns
Even best-prepared trucks may experience roadside failures. With the FYX Driver app, you will be able to get help, minimize your downtime and stay informed about your repair progress. FYX Driver app allows you to:
- report your breakdown and location right from your phone
- monitor truck repair process
- chat with the dispatcher
- pay with a simple click
Ask Our Experts about the FYX Driver mobile app.
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