The harshness of winter months comes icy roads and harsh conditions for your truck. Whether it’s your tires, the surface of your truck or what to store in case of emergency, there are a variety of elements to keep in mind. Thankfully, we know just how to prepare your truck for winter and give you peace of mind even in the harshest conditions. Here are some important tips on preparing your truck for winter.
Inside of Your Truck
When it comes to safety and emergency-prevention, it’s important to pack items that will come in handy if the need arises. For example, let’s say that you get stuck on the side of the road—you want to be prepared for that. Let’s discuss some of the items that you should store during the winter months:
- A first-aid kit
- A radio
- Snacks that do not require refrigeration and will provide energy, such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit and jerky
- A fully-charged cell phone if an emergency call needs to be made
- Additional clothes to keep you warm, such as gloves, extra socks, footwear, scarves, blankets, and layers
- A flashlight
- Road flares
Tires and Your Truck
With winter, you will also face difficult road conditions, such as ice, snow, fog, and hail. This can be especially harsh on your tires and the overall condition of your truck.
- Cold weather can cause your tires to wear more quickly. It’s important to make sure, ahead of time, that you have tires that can withstand winter weather conditions. Have both your tire pressure and tread depth looked at or examine them yourself. With a gauge, you can check the status of your tire pressure and fill your tires if need be.
- As for tread, try putting a penny inside of your tire’s tread. Make sure that Lincoln’s head is in the direction of the tire. If you find that you can see the entirety of Lincoln’s head, then it’s time to purchase new tires.
- For the exterior of your truck, it’s also important that you lube any locks, the hood, and your door hinges. Also, apply a layer of wax to the paint.
- Use a winter blend fuel for your truck, as diesel can be unreliable in cold weather conditions.
The Windshield of Your Truck
The status of your windshield will be vital in conditions such as fog, hail and heavy snowfall.
- Make sure that the interior and exterior of your windshield is properly cleaned.
- Have wiper blades specific for winter conditions put into your truck.
- Use a quality antifreeze and wiper fluid.
Inspections for Your Truck
Have your truck inspected prior to winter for additional safety and personalized recommendations.
- You hoses, coolant, belts, and radiator should be examined during a winter inspection.
- This is also an excellent time to purchase any of the additional parts that you may need during winter, such as new tires, coolant and wiper blades specific for winter.
Overall, braving winter in your truck is all about preparation, safety, and winter-specific truck parts. For more information on trucks or if you are interested in truck-driving lessons, check out Georgia Driving Academy. We specialize in Class A and Class B CDL training and provide job placement assistance to students and graduates in good standing.