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  • Maintain your Commercial Vehicle

    Lewis's helpful winter tips to maintain your commercial vehicle.

    Check out some of my top tips on maintaining your used commercial vehicle especially now its coming up to winter!!

    1) Windscreen wipers Being England its going to rain... ALOT ..,sleet, snow and hail during winter, so keep your windscreen washer fluid topped up. Use a screen wash that protects in cold temperatures(Dont use water as this will freeze up!!!) and regularly check that your wiper blades are in good condition so that you can keep your windscreen clear whatever the weather.

    2) Lights With roads covered in crap, mud ect, your lights are more likely to get dirty in the winter. Wipe them over before you set off each morning and check that they’re working properly.

    3) Tyre pressure and tread Check your tyres regularly to make sure you don’t have any punctures and they’re properly inflated( generally the Tyre pressures are on the door). It’s also important that your van tyres have enough tread – like cars, vans must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread, although 3mm is recommended in wintry conditions. Because they’re often carrying heavy loads, vans are particularly likely to suffer from worn-down wheels. Also, never forget your spare tyre.

    4) Antifreeze Check whether your van’s radiators need topping up, and if they do use the right kind of antifreeze and carefully check how much water you should use to dilute it. Don’t just add water as it will freeze and wont flow around your engine then your screwed.

    5) Fuel If you keep your fuel tank at least half full or half empty it will add weight to your van and help you to get more traction when the roads are icy.

    6) Batteries A flat battery is one of the most common reasons for vehicle recovery call-outs. Flat batteries are even more likely in winter, partly because you’re using more energy to power your van’s lights, wipers and heaters. Remember to turn off anything electrical when you get out of your van and if you’re taking a break from your business over Christmas then run your van’s engine a few times. If your battery’s not been used for a while, it may need to be recharged.

    7) Emergency kit Just in case you do get stranded due to poor weather conditions, have some warm clothes and blankets in the back of your van.( May be helpfull if you ever fall out with the missus too) It may be a good idea to carry other emergency supplies too, including a torch, a shovel and a de-icer.

    8) Van Security Remember it gets dark early now a great time for a thieve to catch you off guard. Keep them doors locked at all times and ensure no valuable goods are left in the vehicle overnight, also ensure no goods are left on show,phones, Satellite Navigation ect. Stay Safe. There are companies that can fit deadlocks for extra security, a few hundred but if it protects your kit then that’s noting.

    Master Vans Hertfordshire