The seasons change. But nothing changes for us. Our carriers are on the road 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in whatever weather conditions Mother Nature throws at them. But you can’t be successful if you aren’t prepared for inclement weather. These are the winter driving preparedness tips we share with our team every fall. And they will help you when the weather turns this upcoming season.
Winter Driving Preparedness Tips
Our first winter driving preparedness tip is preventative maintenance. It’s a term you’ve probably heard of before, but what exactly is preventative maintenance? Preventative maintenance is meant to minimize the risk of breakdowns and keep your vehicle moving. Some common examples are: oil changes, checking spark plugs, hoses, and filters, and inspecting your vehicle’s brakes, chassis, and engine health.
Windshield Wiper Blades
“Good enough” is not okay when it comes to your windshield wiper blades. That’s why they’re on our list of winter driving preparedness tips. Windshield wiper blades should be replaced every six months. Or just keep it simple and change them out every spring equinox (March 19th, 20th or 21st) and fall equinox (September 22nd or 23rd).
Winter doesn’t just come with adverse weather conditions. It also gets darker earlier and longer than the rest of the year. It’s important to see and be seen. Be sure to check your headlights, brake lights, tail lights, turn signals, and interior lights.
As temperatures drop so does tire pressure. Make sure your tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendation (you can find this on your driver’s side door or in the vehicles manual). And you should check your tire pressure often throughout the winter; at least once a month and especially before long trips. While you’re at it, be sure to look over your tires for any wear and tear. Yes, tires are costly. But you and your safety are priceless.
Carry Supplies With You
This is last on our list of winter driving preparedness tips but it might be the most essential. Load up your vehicle with equipment to help you handle winter driving conditions and supplies you might need in an emergency. A few suggestions: a snow shovel and ice scraper, sand or kitty litter (in case you get stuck in the snow); jumper cables, flashlight, and flares and/or emergency markers; blankets, food, water, and a charger for your phone.
Winter Driving Preparedness Tips From Professionals
You always have the choice to brave the weather conditions or not. But we don’t have the same luxury as a trusted and reliable transportation and logistics company. We carry critical deliveries that need to make it no matter what the season brings (even if it means putting items on a plane). These winter driving preparedness tips are critical to our team. But outside of our profession, these tips will help anyone and everyone this winter.
And if you and your business need items delivered in inclement weather, you found a partner in Delivery Express Logistics. We offer residential, on-demand, same day delivery services for any industry. Contact us to learn more about how we can serve you.
We’ve kept the Pacific Northwest moving for the past 25 years; known for our expertise and chosen for our care.