TREAT YOUR DIESEL! – Diesel fuel turns to gel when it gets cold, if it gels your truck won’t run! A good rule to follow is to start using an anti-gel fuel additive once temps fall to 40 degrees and below. Always add the anti-gel before you fuel up, this way it properly mixes. Be sure to use the correct amount of additive to fuel ratio. Fuel purchased from HUB already is pre-treated with anti-gel additive.
ICE ON WINDSHIELD=ICE ON ROAD! – The ice doesn’t have to be packed on the road to be dangerous, a thin sheet is all it takes to make driving hazardous.
WATCH OUT FOR BLACK ICE! – A good rule to follow is to check for black ice when the road looks wet and also by watching the vehicle in front of you. If there is no spray coming from the tires and the road looks wet, watch out!!! A reflective road can be a destructive road!
DRAIN YOUR AIR TANKS! – Daily draining of air tanks is a good preventitive measure all year long, when temps are at freezing or below it’s a must to avoid ice in the air lines which is a very dangerous issue. Always check for excessive oil when draining the air tanks as this may be a warning sign that should be reported to your maintenance facility.
WATCH WHERE YOU PARK! – Avoid leaving trucks in flood prone loading docks and where water and ice can form when bad weather is predicted. If you have a truck parked in a flooded area, and the water is above the lowest lug nut, do not start it! Avoid parking trucks where heavy snow and ice can fall on the top of trucks such as overhangs, which can cause the cargo roof to cave in. This does happen!
CHECK YOUR WIPERS! – Always check for operation of wipers & washer fluid. Ensure that the wipers remove solution without streaking. Remember, do not use water in the washer fluid holding tank! *Be sure to clear snow and ice off wipers before operating!*
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE! – Always leave extra room between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Be careful when driving over bridges and exit ramps. Airflow and water over and under bridges and exit/entry ramps tend to freeze first. Use caution!!