Winter Checks – Be Prepared

As we approach the end of Autumn, now is the time to start your fleet vehicle winter checks. We know it’s likely to get much colder, be frosty and possibly snowy over the coming months. Keeping your vehicles on the road during this period is extremely important. Thorough pre-winter checks will provide Transport Managers with the confidence that you will give your customers the best and most efficient service throughout the season.

Here are some tips to help you prepare :

Driver Emergency Supplies

First things first, it’s important to protect your drivers. We all have our emergency supplies kit in our car, so this is important for fleet vehicles, in fact maybe more so due to the amount of time spent on the road. A very simple emergency pack will make all the difference to your driver in case an incident occurs.

Emergency Pack

  • Blanket
  • High visibility jacket
  • De-icer and ice scraper
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Hazard reflective triangle sign
  • Screenwash
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Emergency contact information

Vehicle Maintenance Checks

Maintaining fleet vehicles forms part of ongoing checks for any transport business. For the winter months, a few added checks are required. Datalive Fleet Management Tools can assist in both an efficient and cost-effective way. A modular system that can be built to suit the needs of large or small fleets. Using the app to check each vehicle and submit a final report following review will provide an up to date analysis of any items which require further action, this could be vehicle damage, tyre tread or faulty brakes amongst other specific checks.

Further Measures

Telematics provide added security. While your office-based team are planning routes for each of your drivers, Datalive Telematics will give you eyes on each vehicle. In the event of one of your vehicles breaking down, you can locate the driver within minutes and make necessary arrangements to recover your driver and vehicle then get it back out on the road as quickly as possible.

No doubts you will have many other vehicle technology solutions within your vehicles, whether this is communication, safety or security. Each plays a key part in the day to day running of your fleet, making it highly important that each piece of kit is in full working order. Did you know we offer a Vehicle Technology Audit? Carried out by our in house highly trained FCS1362 FITAS accredited Installation Technicians we will provide you with peace of mind that your fleet is WINTER READY!

What next……

We’re ready to help you, contact our Sales team on 0161 864 6440 opt 2 or email sales@handsfree.co.uk to discuss the options available.

We hope this guide will help you prepare for the new season.

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