Tips For Keeping Your HGV’s Safe During The Winter Period
06/11/2014
Tips For Keeping Your HGV’s Safe During The Winter Period

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Tips for keeping your HGV’s safe during the winter period

Winter is closing in fast so here are some tips for keeping your vehicle safe during the winter period.
  • Check the tyre pressure and tread regularly. When temperatures begin to drop typically so will your tyre pressure. The minimum tread of your tyres during winter should be 5mm.
  •  Consider fitting winter tyres to your vehicle as they have been designed to have much better traction and grip in winter conditions. These tyres would make it easier to drive in snow and can be recognized by the markings M&S, M.S or M+S.
  •  Check the charging of the sealed lead acid battery and make sure to test the battery, the colder the weather the harder the battery has to work.
  •  Check that your wiper blades are all in good condition to ensure they can fully clear your windscreen when called upon.
  •  Make sure you add anti-freeze to your radiator and specialist winter additives to your windscreen wiper bottles.
  •  Keep the windscreen, mirrors, lights and wipers clear of ice and snow.
  •  Clear all the ice and snow from your vehicle and your trailer, this will ensure you avoid sheets of ice flying from your vehicle which can create problems for you and other road users.
  •  Always keep a winter emergency kit in your vehicle.

What do you need in your winter emergency kit?

We recommend you have the following items:
  • Ice scraper, snow brush and de-icer
  • First aid kit
  • A shovel
  • Suitable footwear
  • Extra clothing for warmth
  • Sunglasses (low winter sun)
  • Gloves
  • Blanket
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Mobile phone charger or battery pack
  • Tow rope
  • Jump leads
  • Food & a hot drink in a flask
  • Bag of sand
  • UK road atlas
 
When planning for HGV journeys in severe weather conditions, make sure to:
  • Regularly check on weather information specific to your planned routes via The Met Office
  • Consider your logistical planning. Loading of vehicles and of course estimated delivery times may need to be adapted if weather conditions deteriorate.
  • Ensure all of your vehicles and drivers are sufficiently prepared before setting off including full winter emergency kit.

When on a journey in severe weather conditions your routes may be affected, make sure to:
  • Continue to monitor weather information, traffic reports and notifications of road closures.
  • If a truck road is closed you be sure to avoid the location by choosing another route, postponing your journey or if you are already on route, safely park up.
We hope you find this advice useful, if you have any further advice which may benefit please put in the comments section below.

Thanks, and have a safe winter!

Comments (1)


  • Bernie, 06/11/2014

    A good list, i always bring a few books to read as you can be stranded for long periods and it helps keep the mind focused away from the cold.

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