Keeping Your Fleet and Drivers Ready for Winter
As we head into yet another Virginia winter, it’s important to make sure your fleet operations stay, well, operational! With that in mind, here are a few tips that can help you, your trucks and your drivers through the winter.
You and your drivers will never know what’s going on on the road ahead, so being prepared for any situations is paramount. Be sure your drivers have the following things on hand just in case they need them!
- De-icer and ice scraper – front and rear windscreens must be clear of snow and ice before you set off
- A shovel and a bag of sand or salt – minor roads don’t tend to be gritted and it’s quite easy to get stuck
- Jumper cables - just in case your truck (or someone else’s) won’t start
- A flashlight
- A high-visibility jacket
- A warm blanket, and extra warm clothes – it’s always worth carrying extra clothes in case you get stranded
- Food and water – just in case you get stuck and are awaiting recovery or help up in heavy traffic
- At least half a tank of gas – journeys make take longer than planned or you may need to find alternative routes
In addition to your driver’s being prepared, be sure to take extra special care when it comes to inspecting the trucks themselves. Check your…
- Tires – wear, pressure and balance
- Batteries – power and charging system
- Wiper blades – working and free from snow and ice
- Fluid levels – topped up
- Lights – fully functional
- Exhaust pipes – ensure it’s clear of snow
- Defrosters – ensure they are functional
Following these tips should help your fleet operations this winter run smoothly. And remember, if you ever find yourself in need of a new truck to round out your fleet, give TSVA a call!