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7 Mid-winter Tune-up Tips to Keep your Vehicles Running Smoothly All Season Long

By Jay Black Back to Home on Feb 6, 2017

The days might be getting longer, but we're still firmly entrenched in the icy, snowy, slushy depths of winter.

Fleet drivers don't have the luxury of staying off the road when the snow is falling. Driving in inclement weather can be stressful for drivers, but it can also be hard on your vehicles.

Routine maintenance is the key to keeping your vehicles operating smoothly and safely all season long. With GPS tracking devices, it's easy to make sure your drivers complete routine maintenance on a regular basis by simply inputting maintenance schedules and creating automated text message or email alerts. Maintenance schedules can be created based on miles travelled, hours of use, or scheduled dates.

To help your fleet stay on top of mid-winter maintenance, we've compiled a list of important preventive maintenance tasks that will keep your fleet vehicles in top condition all winter.

1. Check your tire pressure

Tire pressure can drop 1 PSI for every 5°C drop in temperature. A drop of a single PSI may not seem like a significant issue, but it can adversely affect vehicle handling, braking, tire tread life, and your fuel usage. Checking and adjusting tire pressure regularly ensures that your vehicles' tires are always properly inflated so you can rest easy knowing that your drivers and other motorists are safe on the road.

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If you installed winter tires at the beginning of the season, you should also make sure your lug nuts have been re-torqued. Loose lug nuts are a major safety hazard.

2. Check your wiper blades

Poorly functioning wiper blades can severely restrict visibility. If your wipers are leaving behind streaks or aren't clearing your windshield effectively, replace them.

You may wish to consider installing winter-worthy wiper blades. These blades have been specially designed to work effectively despite cold weather or extreme weather conditions like heavy snow and ice

3. Top off your wiper fluid

Nothing is worse than not being able to properly clean your windshield of snow and ice because you're out of wiper fluid. Check your wiper fluid levels regularly to ensure your tank never runs dry, and be sure to use a fluid that's rated for winter temperatures so you don't damage the washer hoses or nozzles.

4. Check your battery

Vehicle batteries work harder in cold weather, which means they can run dry quicker. Inspect your batteries throughout the winter to ensure the battery posts and contact terminals are in good condition, and that there's no corrosion. If you see corrosion, it's time to replace the battery.

5. Inspect your headlights and taillights

Road salt can easily build up on headlights and taillights, which can make them appear dimmer and compromise your driver's safety, as well as the safety of other motorists. Cleaning your lights regularly ensures that your drivers will always have full visibility.

6. Keep the fuel tank at least half full

When it's cold outside, condensation can form on the exposed portion of your fuel tank. This moisture can work its way into your vehicles' fuel lines, where it can then freeze and stop your vehicles from starting.

7. Clean your undercarriage

Road salt can cause vehicle undercarriages to rust prematurely. By regularly washing your fleet vehicles – including the undercarriage – you can prevent rust damage and extend the life of your vehicles. Plus, a clean vehicle makes a great impression on the road!

Automate vehicle maintenance today

Managing maintenance schedules for every vehicle in your fleet can feel overwhelming. In addition to providing valuable data on mileage, routes, and driver behavior, Linxup GPS tracking devices can streamline vehicle maintenance so you never miss a tune-up again. Simply input your maintenance schedules and set up alerts for whenever maintenance is due. Alerts can be set up for any maintenance activity, including:

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  • Oil changes
  • Tire rotations
  • Tire pressure checks
  • Fluid top-offs
  • Battery inspections, and more

Learn more about automating routine vehicle maintenance using GPS tracking devices.