As the weather changes throughout fall into winter, the hazardous conditions of the roads pose a greater risk for accidents. Because of this, it is important for fleet companies to remain proactive and ensure all of their trucks are properly equipped for complied performance.
1. Use winterized fuel. To avoid the refusal of trucks from starting when temperatures dip below zero, invest in seasonally-enhanced fuels will. These fuels will operate in below-freezing temperatures and may also increase horsepower and fuel economy up to five percent.
2. Replace filters. In the winter, water can turn to ice in fuel storage tanks and filtration systems–plugging filters during the first couple of cold fronts. To avoid damaged fuel pumps and startup issues, replace water-absorbing filters and regularly rain the water separator.
3. Perform maintenance. Before winter hits, replacing worn belts, hoses and brake pads can save money on costly repairs down the road. In addition, it is important to test the battery and clean all connections to eliminate the destruction of wearable components.
4. Check fluids. To ensure all engine oils are properly utilized, check and top off coolant, power steering, brake and windshield washer fluids. For easier cold cranking and truck startup, refer to the owner’s manual for manufacturer cold-weather viscosity recommendations.
5. Ensure appropriate tires are used. Depending on the type of perception present, special tires may be required during winter months. In addition, a drop in ambient temperatures can drop a tire’s air pressure significantly. Perform regular pressure checks on every tire for all trucks to ensure consistent appropriate levels.
6. Check the truck’s interior. During the winter months, fleet drivers need to be safe. For optimal safety and comfort, check heater and defroster operation and equip every truck with an emergency kit containing water, road flares, a fire extinguisher, reflective triangles and jumper cables.
To sustain optimal safety and cost savings this winter season, contact Impac to learn about our fleet fuel card programs and GPS tracking and reporting systems.