Autumn is here which means that the weather is beginning to cool down. Those brisk mornings and nights are just a intro for what’s to come in the next couple of months. The winter will be here before we know it, so it’s important to prepare your freight truck for those cold road trips. Here is how to prepare your freight truck for the cooler weather.
Check Coolant Systems
The first thing you want to do as the weather gets cooler is make sure that your truck’s anti-freeze system is strong and in good shape. You can do this by performing a pressure test on your coolant system and radiator cap. You then want to check your heater and water hoses for any signs of damage that need to be fixed before the cold weather approaches.
Add Extra Time
It is important to always check the weather before going out on the road, especially when it starts to get cold. If there is any inclement or freezing conditions, you want to account for the extra time it will take you to complete your trip. The last thing you want is to hit your driving limit before you reach your destination, so be sure to factor in the weather when calculating how long your trip will take you.
When it gets too cold, your diesel engine could possibly freeze over. If this happens, your freight truck won’t run at all, which is definitely bad for business. You want to invest in an anti-gel now so that when the weather does get cold, you can put it in your truck’s fuel tank before pumping fuel. It’s a good idea to keep extra stocked in your freight truck just in case you may need it while on a trip.
Now is a good time to invest in your winter equipment so that you aren’t rushing to find it later on with everyone else. You should always keep bungees and chaining equipment handy in your cab for your truck. For your own safety, it’s a good idea to pack a severe weather kit that contains things such as a flashlight, waterproof gloves, blankets, a reflective vest, winter boots, and extra winter clothes!
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