Winter’s cold embrace can spell disaster for work trucks not adequately prepared. Sub-zero temps, piles of snow and treacherous roads are par for the course during winter months when you have to keep on truckin’! Don’t let Old Man Winter freeze out your progress – use our handy checklist to help get ready so that no matter what Mother Nature throws at you, it won’t slow down your workflow a bit!
Get ready for the cold weather! When temperatures plummet, don’t forget to mix up an antifreeze and water cocktail tailored just for you. In spring, summer and fall a 50/50 balance should do – but come winter be sure to consider something stronger. Take your pick from anything between 50/50 all the way up to 70% anti-freeze 30% water dependent on how low those thermometers go…just remember not get too carried away: always check temperature ratings on that container of coolant before mixing it in with H2O.
Navigating icy, snowy roads can be tricky business. Make sure your tires are in tip-top shape with adequate tread (at least 4/32″), and check the pressure often; colder temperatures may mean lower tire pressure! If you’re driving through an area that sees a lot of snowfall or ice it might also be worth investing in some chains for extra traction to help keep you safe on the road.
Colder temperatures put added strain on your car’s battery, which may lead to leaving you stranded in the winter months. To help prevent a dead battery from ruining your plans and stranding you in cold weather, make sure the connections are secure and there is no corrosion of terminals. Check voltage levels during autumn too – if it reads near bottom level then replacing it ahead of time can save some serious trouble later!
When the temperature drops, don’t let your truck catch a chill! Investing in block or oil pan heaters for work trucks operating in colder climates ensures that chilly mornings won’t keep you from getting to jobsites on time. Simply plug them into an outlet before bedtime and wake up feeling confident knowing your engine is ready to go come morning.
Keep your work truck in tip-top shape this winter with regular washes! Road treatments like salt and chemicals can quickly wreak havoc on the vehicle’s undercarriage, so make sure to give it a thorough clean every now and then. Trust us, you’ll thank yourself later for protecting against corrosion before its too late.
Winter is here and it’s time to ensure your windshield washer fluid is up for the job! You depend on this crucial liquid every winter, so make sure you’re using one that can brave extreme temperatures. Don’t risk a hazardous situation by being unprepared – if your fluid freezes while driving, visibility will be drastically lowered with an accident waiting in the wings. Stay safe out there!
As the season shifts and the temperature starts to drop, make sure your engine is adequately protected by swapping out standard 15W or 10W oil for a thicker 5W (or 0W in extreme cold) option. Doing so will help ensure that your vehicle has proper lubrication all winter long – just like antifreeze helps keep it running smoothly during spring, summer, and fall!
In areas where there is a lot of snowfall, four wheel drive is essential. Being stranded on a construction site can be dangerous and reduce productivity. Test your four-wheel drive system before the next snowfall to make sure the differentials, hubs, bearings, and other parts are in excellent operating order.
If you become stuck with your work truck and rescue is delayed, a cold weather kit may save your life. A warm blanket, a torch with extra batteries, matches, bottled water, jumper cables or a jump box, a windshield scraper and brush, tow straps or chains, and roadside flares should all be included in your cold weather kit.
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