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WINTER MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST FOR YOUR FLEET VEHICLES

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by admin No Comments

Winter is a season that requires one to effectively maintain their vehicles to ensure that they do not get stuck when carrying out daily tasks. Fleet vehicles require a lot of maintenance during this season as they are always on the road for extended periods during the day or night. Ensuring that you carry out regular maintenance on your fleet vehicle will ensure that your business is not affected during this cold season.

Maintenance checklist for fleet vehicles during winter

1)    Start with the exterior

Snow and ice can be destructive to the exterior parts of your fleet vehicle. You can ensure that your exterior stays protected by first cleaning your vehicle thoroughly. You can then apply wax on the exterior, which will act as a coat that will protect it from harsh winter conditions. Also when winter kicks in, make sure that you clean the vehicle regularly to ensure that salts do not corrode it.

2)    Using winter season fuels

When you use the common fuels for your fleet vehicle during the cold season, there is a high chance of the vehicle failing to start. This is because some vehicles may not respond to fuel when the temperatures drop to negative degrees. You can, however, purchase fuels that can function well during the cold season. These fuels, which include Premium Diesel Fuel and Cenex, will ensure that your fleet vehicle remains on the road.

3)    Check water separators and filters

One major problem that affects fleet vehicles is a cold engine that may fail to start. This is caused by water that is in the fuel systems, which may freeze up and affect the fuel system. The fuel storage tanks and the filtration systems may also contain frozen water thus affecting the proper functioning of the vehicle. You can avoid this issue by draining the water in the fuel systems and using filters that can absorb water.

4)    Using proper oils

It is not advisable to use the same oil during warm and cold temperatures. This is because oils that are heavy can be vicious due to the low temperatures and hence function poorly. When oils are too viscous, they may not achieve the desired lubrication. There are however oils that can maintain their viscosity even in low temperatures. Some of these oils include Cenex and full synthetic diesel engine oils.

5)    Carry out maintenance before winter

Becoming proactive during winter is ideal. This is because it will spare you from incurring additional repair costs. You should ensure that you check parts of your vehicle such as brakes, seat belts, and battery to ensure they are well functioning. Make sure that you repair the parts that are worn out beforehand.

6)    Keep warm

The driver should also ensure that they keep warm, as they are the ones who can ensure that the fleet gets to the desired destination on time. They should ensure that the vehicle has a warmer that will provide heat and other essentials like blankets, flares, and reflectors.

To conclude, the winter season is one that affects a lot of businesses negatively. However, for those who have fleet vehicles, they should ensure that they carry out proactive maintenance for their vehicles so that they can overcome the harsh weather. These maintenance tactics are easy to follow and will make your vehicle last on the road for more than 10 hours at a time without any issues.

WINTERIZATION TIPS FOR YOUR TRUCKING FLEET

Posted on: February 14th, 2019 by admin No Comments

Winter is one of the harshest seasons in the year. During this season, snow hinders road travel and makes navigating through the roads with a trailer can very difficult. This is because your trucks are usually on the roads for more than ten hours and you have to ensure that you do not get stuck so that your fleet gets to its destination on time. There are precautions that you can make so that you are able to stay on the road longer and keep business consistent.

Winterization tips for the driver

  1.    As a driver, you should ensure that you practice good driving habits. Do not speed but rather drive with caution as the weather may result in you not seeing obstacles on the road.
  2.    Make sure that you stay warm. You can do this by wearing warm clothes and also having a heater in the vehicle. This will help you keep parts of the truck warm that have too much cold airflow or drafts.
  3.    Ensure that you have water and food supply. The water that you carry should be enough to last you in case you get stuck on the road. Also, ensure that the packed food can stay out for extended periods of time without getting spoiled.
  4.    Make sure that you also use your seat belt at all times. The harsh conditions and slippery roads may cause the vehicle to skid unexpectedly. Having a seat belt fastened will make sure you don’t get seriously injured if you are jarred.

Winterization tips for your vehicle

  1.    Make sure that the tires of your vehicle are good. Make sure that the traction is effective as worn out tires may cause fatal accidents due to hazardous roads.
  2.    Ensure that your battery is well charged. You can do this by purchasing a mobile charging unit/jumper box.  This is a great way to get the truck started in a bind. You can also maintain the duration of your battery life by not allowing the engine to run when the truck is not moving but instead get a heater for warmth.
  3.    Make sure that the windows are clean. Thoroughly wipe the windshield before getting on the road and make sure that you have windshield wipers that assist and clean the windshield while driving in winter conditions. This will ensure that you maintain maximum visibility on the road all the time.
  4.    Shift from fuels that you use during warm temperatures and switch to winterized fuels instead. These are fuels that are capable of functioning during low and freezing temperatures as they keep the engine running at the same power as warmer temperature fuels do. You can either purchase fuel that is particularly modified for winter or you can treat the fuel that you have and make it highly resistant to low temperatures.

Winter is a season that requires truck dependent businesses to carry out extra maintenance for their fleets. The driver must practice cold weather driving tactics that will ensure that he or she does not get into any unwanted situations or accidents when driving. With a good vehicle and a good driver, it is possible to counteract the harsh winter season.

LONESTAR: BEHIND THE LINEMEN

Posted on: February 4th, 2019 by admin No Comments

The powerhouse football program at Kansas State relies on two men—and one truck.

BY: MIKE HAMMER

PHOTOS BY: BRIDGET BARRETT

The Kansas State Wildcats suit up as many as 125 players before each football game. Who makes it happen? At 27, Al Cerbe is one of the youngest equipment managers in major college sports. He is responsible for making sure every player is fully equipped for action and for ensuring the coaches and support staff on the sidelines have the tools they need on game day.

Last season, the ’Cats traveled over 6,500 miles as they fought their way through the NCAA’s tough Big 12 Conference. An International LoneStar® hauled the gear to every game. The good folks at Dodge City International donated the 2008 LoneStar to the program back in 2009, customized with K-State’s purple and silver colors and an imposing ’Cat logo. The truck hauls a 48-foot trailer packed with helmets, pads, shoes, computers, fans, heaters, kitchen equipment, luggage, laundry bins and a charging station to keep it all humming.

Then there’s the preparation for each road trip. “We start loading up about 30 tons of equipment and apparel on Tuesday when we take our show on the road for a Saturday game,” Cerbe says. “I gotta thank the heavens above that we have our LoneStar to make that trip a dream come true for me. It’s amazing what we’re able to put in that truck—and even more amazing how it handles it. It’s a perfect fit for the program.”

Cerbe is a pretty good match for the Wildcats himself. He started working as an assistant equipment manager for the Memphis Xplorers arena football team while he was just a junior at the University of Memphis. He climbed the ladder there, landing an internship with the Baltimore Ravens before he became assistant equipment manager for the ’Cats back in 2007. By 2009, he had taken over the big job—and all the responsibilities that come with it

But Cerbe couldn’t do his job without his right-hand man and driver, Johnny Brown. “We wouldn’t be lining up for kickoffs all over the country without Johnny Brown,” Cerbe says. “He’s in charge of all the heating and cooling at the university, and he times and maps out all of our road trips for us before he gets behind the wheel. The guy is definitely one of our MVPs.”

The pair navigated one of their most adventurous journeys during a New York blizzard at the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl on Christmas 2010. “We left on the 23rd and pulled into New York on Christmas Day,” says Cerbe. “The truck handled the trip fantastically. We got lost in the Bronx and backed it out of a slim one-way road without a problem.”

Then the blizzard hit. “It was unbelievable,” Cerbe says. “We had to move to a training field in New Jersey, then pack up and head back to the Bronx the next day for the game. I gotta tell ya, I climbed into the bed on that LoneStar for the ride back—I’ve never slept better in my life.”

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