Top Tips for Fleet Managers: Preparing your drivers for winter driving

30th October 2020

Driver preparing fleet for winter

As the end of autumn approaches, it may be a good time to take a look at your winter vehicle checks and prepare your fleet for winter.

Here is a checklist we have compiled to ensure your vehicles and drivers are well prepared for what the winter brings.

Routine maintenance checks

Maintenance of your fleet vehicles should be constantly managed in any fleet business. But as winter approaches, it is crucial to ensure your vehicles are prepared.

Tyres are key to both good steering and safe braking. Consider utilising winter tyres for all of your fleet vehicles, particularly if your vehicles tend to visit remote areas. Winter tyres have tread that gets harder as weather gets colder, allowing the vehicle to drive over ice or snow easier than general tyres.

Check the tyre tread more frequently. The recommendation is that treads are 3mm minimum to manage slippery conditions.

Inspect all engines often, especially before long haul journeys. For added protection, anti-freeze should be replenished when possible.

Minimise the possibility for battery failure by ensuring no batteries are older than 5 years. Older batteries may struggle to hold their charge in the cold.

Lastly, check the screen wash levels to reduce the chance of windscreens freezing over.

Emergency packs for drivers

Ensure that all vehicles carry an emergency kit. If your driver breaks down, the emergency kit will provide some essentials to help the situation. Items may include:

  • High visibility jacket
  • Torch
  • Batteries
  • Screen wash
  • Ice scraper
  • De-icer
  • Emergency contact information

Make sure all of your drivers are aware of the emergency kits, so they are prepared if anything were to happen due to winter conditions.

Plan ahead

Keep your drivers updated of the possibilities of harsh weather. You may want to advise drivers to adapt their driver behaviour in line with severe road conditions.

To add another layer of security, consider installing telematics in your vehicles. If your driver breaks down for whatever reason, you can locate your driver in a matter of seconds as opposed to relying on your driver’s describing where they are.

Prepare your fleet for winter. What next?

We hope our top tips on how to prepare your fleet for winter is useful to you and your drivers. To discuss vehicle tracking options, our Tele-Gence team are on hand to talk through the best fit for your business.