Is Your Big Rig Ready For Winter?

November 8, 2017 8:35 pm Published by Comment

Now that temperatures across the U.S. are finally falling, it’s time to ask yourself, “Is my truck ready for winter?”

Driving a big rig during the winter months can be treacherous. Snow, ice, and slush slow down traffic and bring more hazards to the roads. Luckily, most of the things you need to keep your truck from being the next star of a winter storm TV news highlight are pretty simple.

It all starts with preparation. Write a checklist and make sure you’re stocked on items like:

  • Pair of dry clothes (for after the inevitable day in the snow and slush)
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Emergency flares
  • Tire chains (checked and verified to be in good condition)
  • Canned food and bottled water
  • Backup radio
  • Snow shovel
  • First aid kit

Once you’ve got the basics down, don’t forget to give your truck a thorough inspection. You have plenty of tires to check for good tread and proper wear patterns. And your engine has got to be the heart of your mechanical investigation.

If you use a block heater, is it in good working order?

How are your coolant levels, and are you using the correct coolants?

Will fuel additives be necessary to ensure your diesel doesn’t emulsify?

Taking just a little bit of time to check your equipment before you hit the road this winter is an excellent investment of your time. As we all know in this industry, time on the road is money in your pocket. So don’t risk having your next trip become a misadventure just because you didn’t take some time to double-check things.

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