While your trucks are more likely to overheat in the summer months, other truck repair needs are much more likely to come up in the winter when temperatures are at their lowest. There are some things that your drivers can do to reduce the likelihood of needing truck repair, even in the worst winter weather:
- Getting ready to start the truck: Before cranking the engine in cold weather, make sure all the accessories that pull power from the engine are turned off. This makes it more likely that the truck with start right away.
- Turning on the windshield wipers: Don’t turn on the wipers until you are sure the truck has had sufficient time to heat up and thaw. If you try to operate wipers while they are frozen, it can cause damage to them and require additional truck repair.
- Check fluid levels: Making sure that you have enough fluids keeps your engine working better. The radiator works harder in extreme temperatures and can’t work well without proper fluid.
- Check battery voltage: All batteries fail eventually, but they work harder in cold weather and are more likely to fail. Checking the voltage periodically can keep you from being surprised and stranded when the battery fails.
- Monitor tires: Tires are more likely to lose pressure in the winter, and you want to make sure you have sufficient traction before winter weather sets in.
Before winter, remind your drivers to stay alert for changes in how their truck responds and the sounds it makes. The sooner you know you need truck repair, the easier it will be to take care of the problem.