Winter weather is quickly approaching for some parts of the country. As they say, the early bird gets the worm. Public sector fleet managers are preparing their vehicles to take on winter weather.
Government Fleet has a roundup of some news stories and articles to help you prep your fleet for the cold weather season.
Keep Your Fleet Healthy Ahead of the Winter
There are several things fleet managers can do throughout the year to ensure their fleet is ready in time for winter.
Educate Your Fleet Operators
Winter weather can bring communities to a screeching halt, with treacherous road conditions closing down schools and the workplace. But as you well know, fleet operators don't typically get a day off when conditions are bad. While prepping your vehicles is important, it's also crucial to ensure your drivers are ready to take on this weather.
Don't Forget About Your Larger Vehicles
Does your fleet have Class 7 or 8 trucks? Some of the preparations for winter weather may look different than they do for the rest of your fleet.
Consider Why Telematics May Help Your Winter Weather Response
In this day and age, many fleets have ditched pen and paper for telematics devices. If you're still tracking vehicle mileage, preventive maintenance, and more using manual recordkeeping, it may be a good idea to consider whether it's time for telematics.
Salt or Brine: Weighing the Options
There are several options fleets can choose from to treat roadways. Sometimes, choosing one over the other can lead to cost savings.
Learn From Previous Seasons
It's not a bad idea to look at previous winters and evaluate whether there are ways you could have handled things more efficiently. Learning from the past can help move fleets forward to help them better prepare.
Further north, a blizzard battered Buffalo, New York, in late 2022.
Enhancing Biodiesel Performance in Cold Weather
Biodiesel is a great alternative for diesel, but cold temperatures can affect the fuel's performance.
Prepping Electric Vehicles for Cold Temps
Whether you're new to EVs or have had them in your fleet for several years, there are basic things you need to know when driving EVs in the winter.
You may know to expect reduced mileage, but did you also know there are features on most EVs that can optimize battery life?
Protecting Parking Structures
Winter weather equipment can cause damage to parking structures if you're not careful.