November is arriving soon, and with it comes the joys, and dangers, of winter. Winter weather can be a tricky state to drive in. From rain, to sleet, to snow – your drivers are not as safe on the road as they would be in sunny, clear circumstances. Winter conditions can compromise visibility on the road and traction can furthermore be difficult to attain due to rain, sleet etc.
Road safety is a necessary and legal requirement for all drivers, especially those who travel on the road often. When operating a fleet, it is particularly important that you implement proper vehicle safety checks. This is beneficial not only for the safety of your fleet and vehicles
, but also for insurance purposes.
To help you prepare your fleet for the festive season, we name four things you should keep in mind:
- Tyres: tyres are an imperative feature for road safety. When the roads are wet and slippery, tyre grip is essential. In order to prepare for the festive season, preferably change into thicker tyres. These tyres will have better grip on roads covered in sleet or snow. A huge factor for tyre failure includes under-inflated tyres. Tyres may seem inflated even when they are actually under-inflated. Avoid the unnecessary wear and tear of tyres by ensuring that your tyres are inflated to the correct amount.
- Windscreen wipers: Ensure that your windscreen wipers are in the correct condition to deal with snow and ice. Heavy-duty windscreen wiper blades are perfect for winter conditions as they are tough and durable. It is also a good idea to replace your windscreen wipers at least once a year, as this will ensure that they are in the right shape to deal with winter.
- Engine: Battery warmers or block heaters are an essential feature for winter, especially if your vans normally park outside in the cold. Battery warmers reduce harmful fluctuations in the engine.
- Battery: Having a car breakdown in the middle of winter can be an uncomfortable, chilly and time-consuming experience. If you notice that your car starts a little bit slower these days, and its headlights have dipped since a year ago, it is probably time to check your battery. Battery life cycles usually last between 3-5 years.
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