Winter is coming; a reference to Game of Thrones for any of you fans out there. You know the Starks would be preparing, and you should too. Think about last year and how hard it was on your trucks. I’d usually point to places in the North known for the frigid temperatures as a focal point for this topic, but last year it seemed to affect every state. Here are some things to consider while preparing, if you haven’t already:
- Generators – Have your generator(s) serviced. You don’t want to wait until a storm comes and knocks out your power to check if it’s operating properly. Things such as oil, battery, loose wires, loose bolts and fuel should be looked at. If it’s been more than half a year since your generator was last used, drain the fuel properly and replace with new fuel.
- Winter additive – Depending on your fueling solution (i.e. OTR, Mobile, Bulk), have a plan or make sure your vendor has one and shares it with you. If using your vendor, there may be an extra cost (usually a few pennies) during the winter months. Explore the option of supplying additive yourself if you can get a better price and trust the product.
- Other blends – Keep in mind extreme weather will call for more than just additive. It may cause suppliers to blend with kerosene. This is going to raise your cost of fuel, as well as decrease your MPG’s.
- Traveling North – For the long haul drivers that are going down South and coming back up North, keep in mind that the southern fuel stops might not be treating with winter additive. You may want to keep a jug of winter additive in the cab to add with any fuel you purchase, especially when in the Deep South.
If you have any questions or concerns with your winter fuel program, contact Sokolis Group for help.