Planning on hitting the road with a truck load of deliveries? We understand how important your company vehicle is to your business. You might not to be able to control every other driver on the road, but there are some pre-cautionary steps that you can take to assist in keeping your company vehicle safe, even during bad weather. The proper fuel for drivers. Sleep and food provide your body with energy the same way gas does for a car. Before long deliveries, make sure your drivers have had plenty of rest and something to eat before leaving the store. Staying alert and focused while behind the wheel of a company vehicle is one of the most crucial parts of having a safe and accident-free drive. Watch the weather. Making sure that your vehicles are prepared for bad weather will assist in keeping them in great shape on the road. If you notice that a storm is coming, check your lights and windshield wipers to be sure that they are working properly to give you a clear view of the road ahead. No cell phones while driving. Make sure that all of your drivers are aware that they absolutely should not be using their cell phones while behind the wheel of your company vehicle, or their own for that matter! If one of your employees is using their cell phone while driving it could not only cause damage to your company vehicle and themselves, it could cause harm to other drivers on the road. An accident caused by your business’ vehicles could have some very harsh repercussions on your company. Your delivery vehicle is a crucial asset to your company. Having your delivery drivers practice safe driving techniques such as being well rested and fed before a long delivery, paying attention to the weather, and staying off of their cell phone while operating your company vehicle will increase the odds of keeping your vehicles, employees, and other drivers on the road safe.
Your delivery vehicles are an important part of your business, so let’s keep them running smoothly this winter! Snow and extremely cold temperatures can cause serious damage to your vehicles if they are not properly winterized. Here are some helpful tips to make sure that all of your vehicles are ready for winter weather! Tires. Tires are to vehicles as shoes are to us! Make sure you have good tires that will ensure that your vehicle has a good grip on the road. Checking the pressure and tread regularly is extremely important to make sure that you have the best traction. If you live in an area where an overwhelming amount of snow is common, it might be in your best interest to purchase snow tires or chains. Battery. It is typical to have your battery slip up during the cold months of winter. Just like you have a harder time getting up and moving when there are cold temperatures, your vehicle could have the same problem! It can take more power to get your vehicle started, so make sure you have jumper cables or a booster pack just in case of an emergency. These items can help give your vehicle the jolt it needs to start and will be handy if you find yourself stuck somewhere due to a dead battery. Full view ahead. It is crucial to have a full view of what is going on around you at all times when traveling in the winter weather. Be sure to check the wiper blades and washer fluid before you hit the road to ensure that you have the tools available to keep your view clear. During a snowy day, you can go through a large amount of windshield washer fluid trying to keep your windshield visible. To be safe, keep some extra fluid in your vehicle just in case you run out in the middle of a trip, along with a bottle of de-icing windshield spray. Here are more winter vehicle care tips from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). This winter, play it safe and keep your delivery vehicles in the best shape possible. Take these preventative steps and you will be prepared should any unexpected issues arise during the cold, snowy months.