Getting Your Fleet Winter-Proofed – Part 1

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Winter is around the corner, first storms are falling here and there and we must have our vehicles ready for the snow and the very cold weather, which comes with slippery roads and distracted drivers.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), “the maximum average work week for truck drivers is 70 hours”. Let’s say an average fleet vehicle spends 10 hours on the road each day, this translates into an average of 300 hours/month of risk and low productivity, not only on your fleet but your drivers. It is your responsibility to keep them safe and to look after your highly valuable fleet.

Getting your vehicles winter-proofed is a two steps process:

Step 1: Make sure that your Fleet Tracker or Mobile Tracker is working correctly, contact our experts if you don’t have our solutions installed yet. If your company is using our Seasonal Disconnect service, remember to reactivate your devices. Seasonal Disconnect service is a very useful option that allows our customers who operate by season (i.e. Snowplowing, salter trucks, grass cutters, snow-dump trucks) to freeze their service until they need to use it again. Ask for more information about our Seasonal Disconnect service!

With Fleet Management, you can monitor driver behaviors such as speeding, idling, harsh cornering/braking and rapid acceleration, all this allows you to monitor the driver’s performance and ensures they are driving safely. Also, with the Tracking system you can make sure they are on the right route and if they reached the destination safely.

"Having closer contact and communication with the drivers on the road has been a win-win for everyone. It helps us be more competitive and responsive,"

- John Rabideau , Manager at Metro Delivery

Here is what one of our customers, Metro Delivery, has to say: “Having closer contact and communication with the drivers on the road has been a win-win for everyone. It helps us be more competitive and responsive,” says John Rabideau, Manager.

This feature is even more valuable during winter time – having closer contact with the drivers.

Step 2: We highly recommend you to read and implement the following tips to “winterize” your fleet, and why not your own vehicle, and get through winter unmarred:

  1. Let’s start with the basics: Check the seat belts: Overuse, change of weather, any external factor can damage your vehicle’s seat belts, including cold weather. Make sure you do “seat belt inspection” and change any damaged piece. Be safe!
  2. Keep your gas level half full: Water vapor can collect in the bottom of your tank, and when drawn into your engine’s fuel line, it can freeze in the winter and prevent your engine from starting.
  3. Don’t forget your antifreeze: Add your antifreeze to your gas tank, it combines with the water and enables it to burn.
  4. Lights: In the darker winter months, it’s important to be seen by other drivers. Walk around your vehicle to make sure all lights are working.
  5. Wipers: Inspect wiper blades for fraying or cracking and consider using heavy-duty winter blades for tough ice buildup.

Stay tuned for the second part of our article, we will talk about fluids, battery, tires, brake pads, spark plugs and more.

Get in touch with one of our experts to learn how our solution can help your business this winter and any season!