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Is Your Fleet Really Ready for Winter? Check Out This Quick 10 Point Checklist

Posted on December 22, 2015 by No-Spill™ News Team

Fleet Vehicle Winter Maintenance - No-Spill™ Systems - Drain Plugs AlbertaWith harsh January weather right around the corner it is important to make sure your fleet and your drivers are well prepared for winter driving. Winter is tough on vehicles and it can be difficult to keep a fleet in continual operation with little downtime. With a bit more attention and some preventative maintenance you can keep your fleet running smoothly over winter.
Here is a 10 point checklist to help ensure your drivers and your vehicles are prepared for winter:
  1. Battery:  Make sure batteries are in excellent working order. If older than 5 years, consider replacing them.
  2. Oil:  Verify that you are using the proper oil viscosity for freezing temperatures.
  3. Heater: Check the heating elements and the defrost to make sure that they are working perfectly. This should be done a few times during the season.
  4. Hoses and Belts: Do regular checks of belts and hoses to ensure there is no wear and tear. Make sure they are fixed immediately.
  5. Windshield Washer Fluid: Make sure drivers have full supply of washer fluid and always have extra when the weather gets messy.
  6. Other Fluid: Transmission, brake, and power steering fluid can be affected by extreme temperatures. Be sure to check these fluids regularly.
  7. Windshield Wipers: Wipers should be heavy duty and be able to cut through ice. Any wiper with even minimal wear should be replaced immediately.
  8. Tires: Temperature changes can cause tire pressure fluctuations and tire pressure should be checked several times a month to ensure that tires are always inflated to the proper psi.
  9. Regular Cleaning: Wash the cab of the vehicles regularly to remove road salt and de-icing agents. Remember to wash the undercarriage and keep the cab clean 
  10. Emergency Kit:  All vehicles should be equipped with a kit for drivers. It should include blankets, flares, flashlight, first aid kit, booster cables, small shovel and sand or salt for traction. Include a checklist of supplies in the kit and have drivers check regularly that the emergency kit is complete.
Finally, and most importantly, reiterate to your drivers the importance of safe driving. Deadlines are not as essential as safety and drivers must adapt to changing weather.
With extra care during the winter months you can keep your fleet running smoothly and safely even in the harshest of weather.

6 Easy Hacks to Keep Your Truck Cab Clean

Posted on December 08, 2015 by No-Spill™ News Team

6 Easy Hacks to Keep Your Truck Cab Clean - No-Spill™ Systems - Oil Drain Valve TexasLong haul truck drivers spend weeks at a time on the road.  Driving long hours and living in your rig is really an amazing feat. With driving, and sleeping, and eating in a small cab so many hours a day we wondered how do truck drivers keep their “space” clean and comfortable?  We asked a few of our professional truck driving friends what they did to keep their cabs clean during those long hauls. Here are 6 solutions they shared with us:
A good portable or handheld vacuum is one of the most important things you can invest in. Vacuums that use 12 Volt DC only are usually inferior in power, but with the purchase of an AC inverter there are many great and inexpensive options on the market.  Many portable vacuums come with several attachments, allowing you to get into all the nooks and crannies of your cab.
Paint Brush
Our truck driver friends all told us that they keep a paint brush in the cab to “sweep” dust and dirt out of hard to reach places. You can brush around the buttons, air vents, and between the seats of your cab.

Keep your windows closed
The amount of dirt and grime that accumulates in your vehicle when driving with the windows open can accumulate quickly. By keeping your windows closed as much as possible, you can keep the dust down. 

Driving Shoes
Having a pair of shoes that don’t see the street can do wonders for the cleanliness of your cab. Change into your driving shoes when you enter your cab and keep your street shoes on a plastic boot pad that you can easily clean. 

Baby Wipes
Baby wipes, bought in bulk at your local big box store, are much cheaper than disinfectant wipes and can be used for everything. A regular wet wiping of your cab every night will keep the dirt and odors down. Don’t worry, baby wipes come unscented if you don’t want to your rig to smell like a nursery.

Take out the garbage
Get into the habit of cleaning all the garbage out of your cab every night. Food wrappers, napkins, scrap paper, anything that is not needed should be cleaned out. An uncluttered cab is easier to keep clean. 
Keeping the interior of your cab as clean as possible may take some effort in the beginning, but with a little bit of discipline you can start a habit that will make for a much nicer ride. Happy hauling. 

Advantages of Hybrid Vehicles

Posted on December 03, 2015 by No-Spill™ News Team

Hybrid Technology has existed since the 1990’s and is now affordable enough that it is a viable option for regular use.  So what exactly IS a hybrid?  Basically, it’s a powered vehicle that draws power from more than one energy source.  Most commonly, these sources are electric combined with a gas, diesel, or natural gas.  For the purposes of this article, we will consider hybrid to mean a combination of an electric motor and gas engine.  So what’s the big deal, and why are hybrid vehicles a good idea?

1-      Reduced fuel cost

A hybrid vehicle uses less fuel, thereby improving gas mileage.  Purchasing less fuel also reduces the demand for fossil fuel, which has the overall economic effect of reducing demand for fossil fuels, thus forcing the price down.  In the long run, they can be money savers.

2-      Fewer Emissions

Hybrid vehicles are environmentally friendly!  Less fuel use means less emissions and less of a negative environmental impact.  It’s a good thing for everyone.

3-      Instant Torque

Electric vehicles provide their maximum torque rating instantly.  This means there is no need to wait for the engine to rev up.  Every single foot pound of torque is ready when you are.  This feature allows hybrids to keep up with their gas guzzling counterparts.

4-      No Idling

A hybrid vehicle will turn the engine off when the vehicle comes to a standstill.  This reduces your fuel use and reduces emissions.

5-      Financial Benefits
Saving money on gas directly reduces your disposable income spent on transport.  Purchasing a hybrid vehicle also makes you eligible for federal tax incentives. 

6-      Regenerative Braking Systems

Whenever you apply the brake, your hybrid vehicle catches the energy created and recharges its own battery.  This eliminates the need for you to pull over and plug in intermittently.    

7-      High Resale Value

Hybrids are normally sold in smaller numbers, and are usually rarer than conventional fossil fuel only vehicles.  They are also normally manufactured with a higher standard of equipment than the traditional vehicle, which adds to their value and they also have a high level of reliability.  All these things make hybrids a desirable option for pre-owned sales.  This increased demand combined with a limited supply means you can sell it at a premium when you’re done with it.

Stay tuned for our future blog post on why hybrid vehicles may not be for you.