Across the country, we are finally starting to get some relief from the summer heat. Fall is a welcome break from extreme temperatures, but there’s no time to relax. Now is the best time to start preparing your fleet for the coming winter months.
Cold weather can be problematic for several reasons. From battery issues to low tire pressure, it’s important to anticipate any problems you may face.
Keep reading for the best ways to prepare your fleet for the cold winter months.
How to winterize your fleet
1. Check the battery
A dead battery in the depths of winter can leave your drivers stranded and at risk of injury from the cold. Before temperatures hit low numbers, examine your batteries for any issues.
Check for any build-up or corrosion on the terminals. Carefully clean the terminals to ensure a good connection.
Finally, test each battery’s voltage. Cold weather may decrease battery capacity, so make sure to replace any batteries that don’t pass the test.
2. Inspect the brakes
During the winter, drivers may have to deal with ice and poor visibility. Make sure the brakes and braking systems for every vehicle are in good shape.
3. Check tire pressure
Cold air compresses. This may cause your tires to lose pressure during the winter months. It can also cause uneven wear and lower your fuel efficiency. Remind drivers to check their tire pressure regularly to find and resolve any problems quickly.
Depending on where your fleet is located, you may want to equip your vehicles with winter tires as well.
4. Replace old windshield wipers
During a snowstorm, windshield wipers are crucial for good visibility. Inspect each vehicle’s wipers for cracking, damage, and excessive wear. If your drivers will experience ice build up, make sure they are using heavy-duty blades.
5. Check fluids
Keeping up with regular oil changes is important at any time of year. Use this time to check and top off your other fluids as well. These fluids include brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant/antifreeze. It’s also a good idea to equip each vehicle with cold-temperature windshield washer fluid as well.
Prepare now to keep your drivers safe year-round. Visit our blog for more fleet safety tips and information.