Preparing Your Truck For Salty Roads And Winter Conditions

Preparing the trucks for the winter season is one of the easiest ways to prevent breakdowns when the roads are covered with snow. You must take preventive action and preparing yourself for further situations is the best way to ensure that you do not face in any problem and here we offer you some tips for preparing your truck for the winter. 

Get the truck serviced

If your truck required any maintenance or service, so get it done before winter starts, because harsh conditions make the problem worse. Form all areas pre-winter service is very important to handle the problems. It can also help to spot any issues which would be exacerbated by cold temperature and ice, for example, antifreeze levels.

Take care of the battery

The performance of the truck battery is lowered in the winter because cold temperatures make it less efficient. And you are also more likely to be using truck’s light and heating so it puts extra strain on the battery. Of course, you should always keep some jump start cables within your truck. These are beneficial in case your truck needs a jump start due to a dead battery. 

Fill up on engine coolant/antifreeze

One of the most essential aspects of preparing the truck for winter conditions is that you always topping up your truck’s engine with coolant and antifreeze. But it is also recommended to mix antifreeze with water during the summer season and you should increase this ratio in antifreeze’s favor during the winter. 

Look after your tires

Winter brings the snow and ice to the roads, but salt is basically designed to reduce slipperiness on the roads. You must ensure the pressure and depth of your tires are optimal, with greater tread depths meaning greater grip in winter conditions. We would strongly recommend if possible you have to buy purpose-built winter tires for your truck.

Carry emergency supplies

You should also prepare yourself and your truck for disaster because disaster can always strike at the most inopportune moment and you may find yourself broken down in the middle of nowhere. And last option is left that you should carry emergency supplies for both your truck and yourself. For example, be sure to keep de-icing fluids and scrapers for your windshield, as well as copious amounts of antifreeze. For yourself, you should keep a torch, shovel, warm blanket, food/drink, highly-visible clothing, a well-charged cell phone, and shoes which are apt for walking through thick snow.

When you preparing your truck for winter conditions, the best thing is to use common sense before setting off. You should allow adequate time to drive more slowly than usual and be sure to check out the safest routes. If you have two options: the first one is that the route is small but filled with treacherous and potentially icy roads, but the other is safe but longer than the first one, then you should opt for the second option. 

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