How To Maintain Fleet Cars in Winter

How To Maintain Fleet Cars in Winter
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    Fleet vehicles are the face, muscle, and lifeblood of your business.

    When wintertime comes, they're facing more wear and tear than usual.

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It may result in unappealing exteriors, damaged parts, and reduced efficiency, which can lead to a drop in business and not to mention added costs for repairs. More than likely, you have your vehicles on a regular schedule for cleaning and maintenance, but winter comes with its own unique issues.

Be ready to keep your business’s vehicles running smoothly by learning how to maintain fleet cars in winter.

Winter Tires

You may have all-season tires on your cars right now, but for heavy use during the snowy months, winter tires are an investment that pays off in the long run.

Winter tires retain their pressure in low temperatures, preventing flats and blowouts.

They also provide better traction on snow and ice, which can help your drivers avoid accidents and keep your insurance rates from going up.

Provide your workers with tire pressure gauges and insist they check the wheels before heading out to ensure the pressure is at optimal levels. It’s a small action that can prevent a lot of headaches.

Top Off All Fluids

Cars run on more than gas. Always keep your tanks at least half full during the winter, but don’t overlook the other fluid levels. Your car’s engine and oil experience a real workout during winter.

Change your oil every three months or 3,000 miles, and ensure you replace it with the proper weight for the winter months. Before the temperature starts to drop, have the radiators and their antifreeze levels checked.

You should also review the weather forecast and ask your mechanic for a recommendation on the right proportion of water to antifreeze for your cars. Naturally, top off your brake fluids and check to see if the transmission oil is pink and clean. Finally, keep those windshield wiper fluid tanks full!

Replace the Wipers

Wipers last anywhere from 6 to 12 months on regular passenger cars, but if your fleet regularly drives through the worst weather, they’ll wear out sooner. Watch and listen for signs of deterioration like streaky windshields, missed areas, smearing, clicking, and squeaking. Make sure they’re up to date to keep your drivers’ views clean and clear.

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Keep Them Clean

An occasional car wash during the snowy, icy, and salty months can improve your vehicles. Firstly, it cleans and protects the exterior and helps a car retain value. Secondly, and especially if you pay attention to the wheels, it can improve performance by removing grit and grime that clogs up the works.

Further, adding a layer of wax helps repel snow, slush, salt, and dirt, protecting the finish and making sure any company information printed on the body remains unobscured and easy to read. Of course, never wash a vehicle when the temperature drops below freezing. You’ll need to be able to enter your cars once they’re all clean!

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