Top Ten Ways to Winterize Your Fleet (Updated 2020)
As summer starts to fade from memory and the leaves begin to change, there’s no better time to ensure your fleet is prepared for the upcoming winter.
If you’re wondering How to Winterize Your Fleet, look no further – our team has come up with Fifteen Ways to Best Winterize Your Fleet…
1. Check Your Batteries
As the temperature starts to drop, your drivers need the extra cranking power to ensure they aren’t left stranded. If a vehicle’s battery is over three years old, you may want to consider changing it just in case.
2. Replace Aging Wiper Blades
When it comes to winter driving, visibility is an absolute must. That’s why we recommend ensuring your fleet’s wiper blades are inspected for cracks and frays regularly to ensure they can combat snow & ice.
3. Top Up Engine Fluids
Often overlooked, changing your Engine’s Fluids before the temperature starts to drop can be a great way to ensure a worry-free winter.
4. Switching to Low-Temp Oil
There’s no mystery that regular Oil Changes are an integral part of keeping your fleet running – but did you know that in colder climates it’s important to switch to Oil rated for -30 given the change in viscosity at lower temperatures.
5. Switch to Winter Tires
Despite the additional cost to your fleet, Winter Tires might be an awesome investment to bolster safety and reduce the risk of bodywork.
Do you need Winter Tires? Get a quote here.
6. Ensure Proper Lighting
In the Winter things get dark.
Riveting stuff, huh?
But, as obvious as this might sound, there are too many vehicles operating with dim/broken lights.
7. Make Sure Your Brakes Are Working
As roads become more slick, you need to ensure your fleet has maximum stopping power – that’s why we recommend a brake check for your entire fleet before the snow starts falling.
8. Leverage Your Data
Given the level of risk & uncertainty that comes with Winter Driving, it’s more important than ever to ensure you take advantage of driver monitoring technologies. The ability to curtail speeding and bad driving behaviors could mean the difference for your fleet.
Explore Driver Monitoring Technologies here.
9. Outfit Drivers with Winter Driving Kits
It might sound basic, but well-equipped Winter Driving Kits are a necessity as soon as temperatures start to change. Depending on your industry, Winter Driving kits typically include:
- Proper attire
- Hat and gloves
- Bag of sand or cat litter (which can provide added traction if a driver get stuck in the snow)
- Candle and matches
10. Keep Fuel Levels at 50%
The last thing a driver needs is to be stranded in sub-zero temperatures thanks to something as simple as running empty. If you don’t already have one, create a policy to make 50% Fuel Levels mandatory.
You can even use technology to monitor fuel levels remotely! Learn More Here.
Whether you have a fleet of one or one-hundred vehicles, ensuring you’re well-prepared for winter conditions is paramount in mitigating risks and keeping your expenses low.
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