Winter-Proofing Your Truck: Top Tips For Truckers
Winter doesn’t spare anyone, especially those who didn’t prepare for it. The professional trucker must always be ready for any weather conditions so nothing could stop him from hitting the road.
We’ve prepared the most important tips that will help you to stay on the road during the cold winter times. Also, they’ll help to keep your expenses low (insurance and maintenance) throughout the year.
First of All – Oil Change
It is not a secret that oil becomes thicker during cold times. It means it will lubricate the engine less efficient. Be sure to change the oil regularly. Also, choose the right viscosity for your truck.
Don’t Forget About the Coolant
This one is significant for winter. Coolant can keep the engine block from cracking or freezing, not mentioning the cost of the repair. Get the antifreeze and top up your truck with 50-50 mix of water and coolant for a winter season.
Tires and Pressure
Considering winter tires is the right choice. Winter tires easily cope with snow and icy road. It is particularly useful for long trips.
As for the pressure, always keep pressure level a little bit higher. Typically, from 3 to 5 psi is enough for winter.
Battery Charge Level
Battery fault is one of the most common causes of breakdowns on the road. During winter truck battery must work harder. Consider replacing the battery if you struggle to start the truck or if it is older than five years.
Always Keep De-Icer in the Truck
De-Icer and a scraper are the things that always must be inside the truck during winter. Pouring hot water on the windscreen is not what you need to do to clean it. You surely don’t want it to crack.
Inspect Truck Lights
Clean the lenses and ensure that all bulbs are working well. Always keep lights snow-free. Use headlights when the visibility is really poor. You must be seen in heavy snow, it is crucial.
You don’t need to be a hero and always be on time in winter. Let nobody rush you when it’s dangerous on the road. Keep a safe driving distance and don’t be a part of the “pack,” it is much safer for you.