Winter-Proofing the Truck: 7 Top Tips

Driving in winter is a challenge for the driver and a truck itself. Nevertheless, modern vehicles are designed to deal with nature’s whims, there are still basic tips for safety.

Oil Change

Regularly change your truck’s oil. The essential part is to ensure that viscosity of the oil is right for your vehicle. Oil gets thicker when cold, and that means that it will lubricate the engine less efficient.

Coolant Levels

You don’t want your engine block to freeze or crack, because the repair costs a lot. It will be better if you spend a few dollars on antifreeze that a couple of thousands on a new engine. Make it sure that the antifreeze is mixed with water 50 to 50.

Check Tire Tread and Pressure

Winter road is not a place for bad tires. According to experts, the recommended depth of tire tread is 3mm. Of course consider winter tires, as they are designed to deal with ice and snow. They are also very handy for those who live in remote areas.

Check the Battery Charge

Battery fail is the most common cause of vehicle breakdown. Due to cold weather, the battery must work much harder. If you noticed any struggles in starting the truck or if the battery is older than 5 years - replace it.

Wiper Blades Must Be on Point

While snowing, you need to have good wipers. If you want to clean your blades, try to use a cloth soaked in vinegar or diluted methylated spirit. Oh, and if you don’t want your screen wash to freeze, make it more concentrated.

De-Icer and Scraper are Must Have

De-icer and a scraper are essential things in winter. Pouring hot water on the icy windscreen is an abysmal decision, it will only crack. 

Things to Have in Your Truck in Winter

You need to pack a little emergency kit, just in case. What should you add:

  • Flashlight;
  • Shovel;
  • Spare coolant container;
  • Blanket;
  • Gloves and a hat;
  • Bag of sand, kitty litter or salt (if your tires get stuck);