Winter is here and with cold weather conditions come many driving challenges. Winter fleet safety is imperative to keeping your trucks running at their best, protecting your drivers from unnecessary dangers and avoiding risk to your business operations. Rely on Wiers Fleet Partners to help you through all four seasons with the best in trucking sales, service and more. Our technicians will help you determine the best plan to keep your trucking business running safely and at their best all winter. In the meantime, be sure to check out our list of do’s and don’ts before making your winter fleet safety plans.
Winter Fleet Safety Do’s:
- Utilize real-time technology. Our Telematics GPS tools can help you find the best and most efficient routes all year round and under any conditions. Your drivers will be able to make real-time adjustments when needed due to inclement weather.
- Be proactive with maintenance. Preventive maintenance is key to keeping your fleet operating at its highest levels any time of the year, but even more so during winter. Being proactive about the maintenance of your fleet can prevent breakdowns and unnecessary repairs.
- Trust your fleet to experienced technicians. Working with an experienced, certified team of technicians who truly take pride in their work can give your trucking business the competitive advantage it needs. Wiers Fleet Partners offer over five decades of know-how and strives to be a partner for each and every customer.
- Training drivers. Ensuring your team of drivers understands your winter fleet safety plan is also essential. They are the first line of defense and often the first to know when issues arise related to winter road conditions.
Winter Fleet Safety Don’ts:
- Don’t drive distracted. It’s never a good idea to drive distracted, but when roadway conditions are comprised, it becomes even more important to avoid any activities that can take your drivers’ attention off the road.
- Don’t speed. When roads are icy or snowy, unexpected stopping becomes harder than ever. Although delivery times are important to the success of your business, it is never worth placing your driver or fleet in an unsafe situation just to meet the deadlines.
- Don’t overlook the effects of snow and ice on your fleet’s exterior. Part of your winter fleet safety plan will include a preventive maintenance plan should include routine checks of the exterior of your fleet. Ice, snow and roadway salt can cause damage that may affect the way your trucks run.
- Don’t maintain the same following distance. Have your drivers increase their following distance to three or four seconds since it takes longer for them to brake in winter roads.
Ready to get started with a solid winter fleet safety plan? Contact Wiers Fleet Partners today for year-round preventive maintenance to keep your fleet working at its best for years to come!