How to Prepare Your Logistics Company for Winter Hazards

How to Prepare Your Logistics Company for Winter Hazards

Even the best logistics company is not immune to the risks and threats associated with winter driving; running on snow and ice poses a significant risk to the driver and vehicle, not to mention their precious cargo. Even the most skilful drivers can be at the mercy of severe weather, so the best thing to do is to be fully prepared by considering these timely suggestions.

Electrical Parts Freight logistics solutions

The bad thing about winter is it is inexorable-not even the best logistics company can make it go away or cancel its arrival this year! However, what makes winter a good time is the same thing: because it arrives on schedule, every year without fail, you can prepare for it. If you play your cards right, you can ensure your company is virtually invincible to its hazardous effects.

Often, all it takes is to follow a few safety tips before winter arrives. First and foremost, maintenance routines and service on your vehicles should focus on the parts most vulnerable to extreme cold: the electrical components. Pay particular attention to the vehicle’s battery: check its charge and perform some battery tests and make sure that, even if the cold weather forces it to work harder, it can still perform its function well. It is also important to inspect the electrical connections between the vehicle and the trailer, as these points are common vulnerabilities during winter.

Rubber and Lights

Extremely low temperatures can also have a bad effect on a vehicle’s second most important ‘Achilles’ heel’: rubber. If possible, inspect those vehicle parts that rely on rubber components, such as the drive belt, for damage or signs of irreversible wear when it’s very cold, as that is when rubber can crack and cause accidents. Next are the tyres. Check the tread condition meets national requirements – usually the minimum tread is at least 5 mm. And, finally, you’ll need to check the lighting systems: from the headlights to indicators and rear lights, you must make sure that everything is in working condition. Any self-respecting logistics company cannot afford to overlook this aspect, as the modern vehicle relies on its rubber parts and lighting to stay safe and in top condition.

Personnel

All these precautions would be useless if the driver is untrained or not mentally and physically prepared for winter driving. Even for a small logistics company, it may necessary to have the driver attend a seminar or some training where they can be educated about the finer points of driving through severe weather – including the wisdom to discern whether to actually push through with the delivery or just wait it out. Such training may involve the use of high-technology tools and equipment that can give the driver a better handle of things while on the road. And, of course, management must also be closely involved in order to oversee everything and ensure employees and equipment are not unnecessarily exposed to weather-related risks.

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