SHzoom’s Monthly Minute
Top Tips to Stay Safe & Prepared for Winter Driving
Volume 2 Issue 2 | This article was originally published on Automotive Fleet.
Don’t wait for those first flakes to get ready for snow season! All fleet vehicles and drivers should be ready for anything before the season even starts. To get you winter-ready, we compiled best practice tips from the best-of posts from our archives.
Complete Thorough Inspections Before the Season Starts
Begin winter prep before it’s too late! Here’s what you’ll want to include in your inspection checklist:
- Check the battery and tighten cables if needed.
- Top off fluid levels.
- Add antifreeze.
- Wipe off headlight covers.
- Test all exterior lights.
- Check the brakes and tires.
- Monitor mudflaps.
- Repair chipped windshields.
- Watch for any corrosion.
Prep the Tires
Switch over to snow tires or at least check the tread levels and pressure on the ones you’ve got. Remember: For every 10 degrees the temperature drops, tire pressure goes down 1 pound per square inch. Some fleets “sipe” their tires, meaning cutting small slits in the tread block to provide better grip. Don’t forget to make sure your spare tire is ready, too.
Prepare the Vehicle Before Every Trip
Make sure all windows, mirrors, and license plates are cleared of snow before driving off. Keep your fuel tank at least half full to prevent fuel line freeze-ups. About once a month, check that your tires are in good shape and washer fluid, oil, engine coolant, and antifreeze are at the recommended level.
Check the weather report and road conditions so you know what to expect or replan your route.