In this blog, we bring to attention some tips and tricks to keep your truck warm, have a quick start in those freezing cold months, and keeping your truck well maintained during freezing temperatures.
Winters are tough for over the road trucks and all truckers alike. Whether living in Northern America or Middle America, truckers are bound to hit cold weather regardless of where they are located. This is why it is important to understand the need to keep your truck prepared for cold weather and what to do when your route takes you through sub-zero conditions. In this blog, we will explain some tips and tricks to keep your truck warm, have a quick start, and keeping your truck well maintained during freezing temperatures. Most by now, have a system starting their cold truck. However, it never hurts to discover new and old alternatives and maybe pick up on something you have never tried before.
First, there are multiple ways in keeping your engine warm. Block heaters, battery warmers, and oil warmers are a few ways to maintain your engine’s temperature. However, it can get expensive especially if you are a local owner/operator that plugs their heaters in their home outlet to draw power. It can be beneficial to get only one of these to start off. Having a quick start is not easy to achieve with trucks that have been sitting in the cold overnight. Drivers have to watch the type of diesel they fill up with to overcome clumping. Read more about winter and summer blend diesel fuels here.
A good tip is to drain your air-tanks and fuel-water separators the day or night before. This is a good precaution due to dropping temperatures because water condenses in fuel tanks and increases the likelihood of filter/heater unit to freeze. Also, it is advised that you use a small micron fuel filter, as this is the only protection the engine has against fuel contaminants.
Lastly, pay attention to the fuel you fill up with. Many gas stations are equipped with hydrosorb filters. These filters remove water before it gets into your tank preventing any possibilities of freezing. Some things are easier done than others.
However, implementing some of the tips provided may help your truck be up and running faster, which may help you make an on-time delivery.