Aussie winters bring added challenges to managing the safety of your transport fleet. These include high winds, lashing rain, hail, fog, black ice on roads, fallen trees, and in some parts of the country, snow.
It is important to have a best practice plan for all winter driving and fleet maintenance.
Higher driving risks in winter
Take heed of the crash hotspots on your fleet routes. Look at refresher training for your drivers on how to navigate fogs. A study has shown that, in poor visibility, drivers’ perception of the risk is lower because they can’t accurately judge the driving conditions and safe distance.
Check your tyres
Avoid the risk of your trucks aquaplaning on wet roads and thereby drivers losing control of the vehicle. Triple check the tyres’ tread for cracks, bulging, bald patches and tread depth. Regularly check the tyre pressure.
Check batteries weekly
Each week, look over the battery’s terminals and cables to ensure they’re attached correctly. Beware of any damaged housing and top up the battery fluid.
Truck batteries can run slower in colder temperatures meaning there is less power to start the engine. Tell your drivers to be alert if batteries keep losing their spark despite charging. That’s the cue to replace it.
Use the right engine oil
Opt for multi-grade and multi-viscosity engine oils in winter. Using the right oil will reduce friction and protect your engine from external contamination and corrosion. In short, it will run more smoothly.
Check belts and hoses for cracks
Your trucks’ belts are likely to crack in winter, rather than flex and stretch as they do in warmer months. Check them and the hoses for abrasions, fissures, or cracks.
We can guide you on risk management for your transport fleet for all types of vehicles. As part of our service, we’ll help you with claims management and advocacy, so your vehicles can get back on the road quickly.
If you would like to know more about how to initiate, or improve, your best practice plan for winter driving and fleet maintenance, please CLICK HERE or contact us for more information.