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truck driving in winter

If you operate a fleet of vehicles, you'll use them heavily. During the winter, the stress on your vehicles might increase. Cold or inclement weather often proves detrimental on your vehicles. It's your job as a commercial fleet operator to ensure your fleet remains in good shape. That will help you reduce business and driving risks. What are some of the steps you can take to better guarantee your own security?

Fleet maintenance and upkeep makes for safer driving. At the end of the day, that'll make your business more secure as well.

Make A Habit of Reviewing Auto Insurance

Even in normally-sunny Texas, we can get wet weather and freezes in winter. Though these might only occur occasionally, you'll face the same hazards each time. In any bout of bad weather, your risks of car accidents might go up. Therefore, you might have more of a need to tap into your commercial auto insurance coverage. Before winter begins, make sure you have enough protection.

Consider adjusting your collision, comprehensive and liability limits as well. Base changes on the value of risk attached to your fleet and business. Making an insurance review an annual occurrence might help you catch coverage lapses you might otherwise need.

Undertake Regular Fleet Maintenance

Significant seasonal changes will beckon during this time of year. In Texas, we'll transition from the heat and humidity of summer to the mild temperatures of fall and winter. This is a perfect time to undertake seasonal maintenance. It can make your vehicle ready for any adverse conditions the season might bring.

  • Test and repair your lights and wiper systems. You might rely on these systems heavily in inclement conditions.
  • Check your tire health. They will need adequate pressure and tread if you encounter hazardous road conditions. Replace your tires as necessary.
  • Change the oil in the vehicle on schedule. A clean system will reduce strain on the engine.
  • Have your mechanic test your battery health. A malfunctioning or low battery will struggle to generate energy to start the car. In colder conditions, the problem will often worsen. Don't run the risk of system damage or a dead battery. Replace the battery as needed.
  • Make sure all vehicles have appropriate winter supplies. These might include ice picks, jacks, jumper cables and even first aid kits. Equip your drivers to handle small issues on their own. That way, you'll lower the chances of a service interruption.

The better your fleet health, the better your chances of staying secure on the road at all times. Undertake safety steps today. As potentially-hazardous conditions beckon, you can put your business in a better place.

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