It’s hard to believe that winter is right around the corner. Snow will be powdering the ground before we know it. Since wintertime is so unpredictable, trucking fleet managers must plan accordingly. Here are some essential tips for running a trucking fleet in the winter that every supervisor should know.
Prioritize Driver Safety
Driving conditions are more hazardous during the winter, meaning managers must take their staff’s safety into account. Managers shouldn’t make drivers go out into dangerous weather. After all, no delivery is worth someone’s life. Supervisors might also consider adding additional safety features to trucks to give their team peace of mind. Think about installing an efficient LED light kit so that it’s easier for drivers to see what’s in front of them on the road.
Manage Truck Issues
Every trucker should be aware of common issues with diesel engines in the winter. Diesel trucks require heat to start, and glow plugs must be working at all times so that the engine starts as it should. A buildup in the engine is another issue that often arises with these types of vehicles. Fleet managers should have repair specialists clean things out on a regular basis to remove minerals like snow or ice.
Hire More Employees
Another tip for running a trucking fleet in the winter is to hire more staff. Many individuals need a job or additional employment because of the current pandemic. Hiring extra staff during the winter may help offset weather delays as well. However, supervisors must ensure that prospective employees have the proper licenses and certificates before they begin work.
There’s no reason production should come to a halt because the temperature drops. If fleet managers take care of their trucks and employees, they’ll still turn a profit during the wintertime. Drivers, just make sure to bundle up and crank the heat for every drive!