How To Prepare Your Fleet For Winter Weather

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Prepping your fleet for the coming winter weather can make all the difference in preventing unnecessary risks and hazards. Breakdowns can still occur, but scheduling regular maintenance and taking precautionary measures can reduce the risk significantly. Make sure to winterize your fleet by following these steps to ensure proper maintenance.

Battery

Cold weather slows the reaction of the battery which weakens the charge. Be sure to ensure your battery is up to date, and regularly checked.

Tires

Consider outfitting your fleet with winter tires, offering better grip in icy conditions. Underinflated tires are a leading cause of tire failure. Be conscious of your tire’s inflation this winter.

Fluids

Fill up all your vehicle’s fluids before winter hits. This includes oil, power steering, brake, windshield washer, and battery fluids.

Windshield Wipers

Inspect and replace your windshield wiper blades if necessary. The blades are relatively easy to replace and should be change at least once a year. Also, consider using heavy-duty winter windshield wiper blades to get rid of the tough ice buildup.

Brakes and Water Pump

Try to replace both parts before they wear out. Brake pads that are worn thin can become brittle in frigid weather, cracking and potentially putting you in danger. Water pumps are equally important, and in cold temperatures can be dangerous. Though replacement is expensive, have them replaced when the timing cover is removed.

Preparing your fleet for winter can save your business both time and money. Broken down vehicles can be expensive and the added expenses of tow trucks, repairs, and downtime can add up quick. Understanding the potential dangers can help you prepare for the worst and get your fleet through the harsh winter with little to no problems.

Two Rivers Insurance Services’ Special Risk Management Services are designed to control hazards and reduce risks associated with fleet operations. Start building your own fleet safety program with the help of a Two Rivers Insurance Services expert here. Interested in learning more? Download a safe driving kit from the National Safety Council here or find a collection of brochures, presentations and more from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration here.

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