Fleet Safety Tip- Winter Prep

Oct 14, 2011
With Autumn now in full swing an winter just around the corner, it’s important to make sure your vehicles are ready for the coming winter. Take a moment to look over these winter preparation tips courtesy of Automotive Fleet and AAA:

  • Have the battery and charging system tested by a trained technician to make sure your engine will start reliably.
  • Inspect the underside of accessory drive belts for cracks or fraying.
  • Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. Also, squeeze the hoses and replace any that are brittle or excessively spongy feeling.
  • In areas with heavy winter weather, installing snow tires on all four wheels will provide the best winter traction. Replace any tire that has less than 3/32-inches of tread.
  • As the average temperature drops, so will tire pressures – typically by 1 PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Check tire inflation pressure more frequently in fall and winter.
  • Check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability.
  • Check the operation of all headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and back-up lights.
  • Replace any wiper blade that leaves streaks or misses spots. In areas with snow, consider installing winter wiper blades.
  • Fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter cleaning solution that has antifreeze components to prevent it from freezing.
  • Check all fluids to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Magill and re-used under the Creative Commons license.