This is the time of year when road conditions can become hazardous throughout most of the country. The colder air effects your truck as well. There are a few things you want to keep in mind to prepare for winter truck driving. Be sure to check tire pressure and keep your truck’s tires properly inflated throughout the winter months.
Your tires aren’t the only thing to keep an eye on when the temperature drops. Your battery power is also susceptible to the changing temperatures. Also, it takes more power to start your vehicle in cold weather than in warm.
You should also be keeping on top of your coolant. When coolant freezes, it expands. Such expansion can potentially damage your vehicle’s engine block beyond repair. Don’t let this happen to your vehicle this winter! A 50/50 mix of coolant to water is sufficient for most regions of the country.
Build up of snow and salt on your windshield is an issue this time of year, be sure you have plenty of ‘no-freeze’ wiper fluid to last you through the winter months to keep your windshield clear. Also, check your wiper blades and replace if needed. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice, consider installing heavy-duty winter wipers.
When bad weather hits, be sure you have the time and tools to remove snow and ice from your rig. Scraping a small patch to see through the windshield isn’t good enough. Before you drive, remove ice and snow from all of your vehicle’s windows and mirrors. Also, clear snow and ice from your vehicle’s roof and hood. Snow or ice left on the vehicle can blow up onto your windshield while driving, blocking your view and can even block the view or damage the car behind you.
Finally, plan ahead. Keep your gas tank close to full. If you get stuck in a traffic jam or in snow, you might need more fuel to get home or keep warm.