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The winter can be a harsh time for you and your company, especially when you’re managing a fleet of vehicles that all have to work efficiently and extra hard throughout the colder months.
Before it becomes too hard to handle, here are our top tips for maintaining your vehicles throughout the winter months, until the flowers start to grow again.
The battery should be the first thing you check in your car. The battery is one part of the vehicle that suffers the worst during the colder months, so it’s important to make sure it’s in working order. The battery is under extra strain because drivers will use their car more often during winter due to the freezing temperatures – the cold will also increase the usage of the lights and heater too.
The tyres are another vital part of your vehicle you should check. They must be in good condition because of their key part in steering and braking – tasks that become a lot harder when there’s ice on the road and bad weather prohibiting your view. Also, you can switch out your normal tyres for winter ones that will be a deeper tread than the usual 1.6mm, which will be better at handling challenging conditions caused by snow and ice.
The climate control system and defroster in your vehicle will be your two new best friends during the winter months. Both help make the vehicle safer and more comfortable during the colder climate. The climate control system will keep you cosy in your car, while the defroster will stop the windows icing up.
If you haven’t done it already and your car is due a service, it’s best to get it done before the temperatures drop below zero. Many problems that the cold causes a car can be prevented by regular services and multiple maintenance checks. If a car is already damaged, then the cold is more likely to have a harmful effect on your vehicle and make the issue ten times worse. Some garages even offer free or discounted winter vehicle checks, so keep an eye out for a good deal.
As well as checking that your lights are all in working order, you should also make sure that all your lights and indicators are clean and visible to other drivers. Fix any lenses that have cracked and replace any bulbs that may have blown. The darker months and longer nights mean your lights need to be in the best shape they can for the safety of you and other drivers on the road.
If you’re making long journeys during the winter, a survival kit will give you peace of mind while you’re on the road for extensive car trips. Just in case your car breaks down while you’re driving, it’s best to stash a blanket, a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables and a de-icer spray in your boot in case you’re stuck somewhere.
The majority of my time is spent ensuring that our team delivers simple and cost-effective solutions to our customers that face the challenges of running a fleet of vehicles.
Occasionally I manage to sneak away to enjoy time with family and friends or a quick game of golf ….