Every year that dreary cold starts creeping up, and before you know it, boom, it’s frigid temperatures and harsh weather conditions. This type of winter weather becomes extremely taxing on fleet vehicles that are usually out on the roads for 10-12 hours a day. Luckily, there are many ways to prepare a fleet to be safe this winter. Let’s take a look at the top five winter fleet management tips you need to know about to keep your fleet safe.
Tip 1: Run Tests
When it comes to a fleet of vehicles, you’re dealing with at least ten vehicles or more, and they need to be cared for. It’s crucial to your business to have well-operating fleets that keep employees safe. It’s vital in the winter to run tests on each vehicle in your fleet to ensure they are running correctly.
- Battery Test- In the winter, cold temperatures can impact the battery. It usually requires a vehicle’s engine to use more power to start up, affecting the battery life-cycle. Be sure to constantly check your fleet vehicle’s batteries and replace them every three years.
- Wiper Test- Often not thought about, wipers are essential for good visibility when snow is flying, or slush is being thrown on the windshield. Make sure they are always working before hitting the road in winter.
- Brake Test- Worn brakes are extremely dangerous any time of the year already. When road conditions are hazardous, it’s even worse. So, ensure your fleet vehicle’s brakes have all been checked and are suitable to be on the road.
- Tire Test- The primary contact between vehicle and road, tire tests are critical in winter. Check to make sure your vehicles do not have low tire pressure.
Tip 2: Snow and Ice Removal
A lot of the time, drivers get into the cars and ignore the snow and ice covering the car. However, with fleet vehicles, this must be acknowledged. Fleet managers should prepare for this when snow and ice are expected to accumulate. Often, drivers are not permitted to climb on the top of their rigs to remove snow. Ensure the vehicle is completely free of snow and ice to ensure safe driving conditions and avoid possible corrosion.
Tip 3: Emergency Kit
Being too prepared never hurts anyone. During winter, fleet drivers should over-prepare for any scenario. Make sure always to have access to a flashlight with extra batteries, blankets, coats, prep-packed food and water, first aid kit, shovel, portable charger, and jumper cables.
Tip 4: Fuel
It is suggested during winter months never to let fuel levels drop below one-half a tank of fuel. If water gets collected in the bottom of the tank, it can be drawn into the fuel line and freeze, which prevents the engine from starting up.
Tip 5: Driver Safety
And for the final tip, it’s all about practicing safe driving. The best way to do that is by ensuring daily inspections, slowing down, and paying attention. And you can even go a step above that and have apps like Rideshur to track your routes, accidents and to file insurance claims.
Follow these top 5 tips this winter when driving your fleet vehicle and stay safe.