How Your Truck Experiences Winter
As a trucker or fleet owner, you understand how dangerous winter driving can be — especially when it’s an 80,000-pound class 8 truck that’s out there trying to navigate the snow and ice. But also consider that it’s not just you or your drivers that are having to deal with winter — your truck is also experiencing it.
As it gets closer to the heart of winter, it’s important to not only make sure you’ve got the appropriate tires and that your brakes are at peak performance, but to also consider the major systems of your truck or fleet such as the HVAC and drivetrain, and take into account what they might need to help you stay “up” this season.
Winter and Your Driveline
Your driveline, also commonly called a drivetrain, is crucial all year long for supplying power from the engine to your wheels through an intricate system of angled tubing, joints, and yokes. But if you live or drive in areas with ice and/or heavy snow accumulation, your driveline is your best friend.
Whether you have front-wheel, rear-wheel, or all-wheel drive, it’s always a good idea to test your drivetrain system to make sure it fully engages. It’s gearing up to be a tough winter for many parts of the country, so knowing where your drivetrain performance is at can make the difference between on-time deliveries and unexpected downtime. And even if your drivetrain seems okay right now, do you know the most common signs that something’s not working right?