We may not want to believe it, but fall is approaching faster than any of us would like. The summer season has been great, if not a little toasty at times. However, it’s now time to consider what you need to do to keep your truck in tip top shape for the fall and winter season. Fall is usually chilly and rainy, but winter is where the true work will come in. It’s very important to prepare your truck before the fall and winter so that you don’t get caught in a surprise snow storm or become stranded with faulty equipment in potentially life threatening situations. So, how to prepare? We can tell you!
Is your engine running right? Have you had an oil change and a tune up recently? It’s time to do so now, and then do so once again before the first winter storm hits. You do not want to break down in cold weather in a place you’ve never been. Engine maintenance should be important all year long, but in winter it should be one of your priorities to assure your own safety and the safe delivery of your cargo.
Along with checking the engine, check over the body of the truck. Over time, we all know that the body of any vehicle can rust. This is especially true with trucks that are facing tough conditions and long hauls. Make sure that your truck is not beginning to rust and that there are no deep scratches or dents that have gone through the protective coating on the truck. This can be a gateway for rust if you don’t already have it. Never ignore rust, as it will spread throughout the frame and body before you know it and cause you major expenses. Take care of small rust problems immediately, and make sure to coat any deep scratches or dents with a layer of paint and protective coating, or get the entire panel re-painted and coated for best results.
Once you’ve covered the outside of your truck, it’s time to take a step inside. Why does it matter what you do inside? It’s not affected by the elements, right? Unfortunately, the cabin is affected by the outside. A prime example of this is the air conditioner/heater/or fan problem. In some weather it’s obvious what you have to do to stay sane and comfortable while driving long-distances, but in other situations that are right on the brink it can be uncomfortable and even cause you health problems by not being prepared before.
In fall weather, it may not be warm enough to turn on the heater, but it may be cold enough to make your fingers stiff and cold while holding onto the wheel and your body to become tense as it tries to stay warm. To combat this, bring gloves or cover your steering wheel with a warm cover for the fall and winter. You will thank your hands later. Make sure to wear a hat, coat, warm pants, and any other gear necessary when you’ll be inside for long hours. If you don’t wear these items, at least make sure to bring them in case you need them or you become stranded and need as many items on as possible to keep warm. Remember, layering the right fabrics is the key to staying warm. On that note, it’s time for the precautionary side of preparation.
While none of us want to think it’ll happen to us, it’s very important that you take the precautions now to save yourself from what could be a life threatening situation if you are stranded in an isolated, freezing area with no way to get help. Prepare a box with all that you may need, lasting at least two days but more if possible, and store it inside your cabin. It doesn’t have to take up a lot of room, and you may find it silly to create, but it could save your life. Include in it water, non-perishable food with high protein and calories, a flashlight and batteries, a weather radio, pen and paper, warm blankets and/or emergency reflective blankets, and a road flare if possible. Add whatever else you want to make sure that you feel safe on the road.
It may seem like it’s too early to worry about, but fall and winter can sneak up on you, and it’s best to be prepared for any conditions when you’re on a long haul. At Osco Tank & Truck Sales, we’re happy to help you with any problems you run into with your truck. We can create custom tank trucks, refurbished, or replace your stainless steel tank. We will work with you to create a custom truck that fits your needs. Give us a call today for more information!