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Q. How should fleet vehicles be prepared for winter?

November 7, 2017

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A. Basic fluid, tire and battery maintenance can dramatically reduce the chance of drivers getting stranded.  Make sure all antifreeze, washer and hydraulic fluids are topped off and replace worn wiper blades. Consider using a cold-weather windshield washer fluid that is specifically designed to prevent it from freezing.   Test the batteries to ensure they are holding a proper charge and replace as directed by the manufacturer. Keeping batteries longer than recommended reduces the battery reliability. Additionally, inspect your battery’s terminals and cables to ensure that they are free of corrosion and securely attached.  And, just like the rest of the year, get timely oil changes to keep engines running efficiently.  Adhering to a maintenance schedule may seem time consuming and costly, but it saves money in the long run.  A fleet management provider can help by providing a maintenance program that is built into the management services contract, which can also reduce costs by optimizing vehicle lifecycles so you get the most out of your assets.

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Jack Firriolo

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Jack Firriolo is the Chief Operating Officer at Merchants Fleet Management. As a member of senior leadership Jack not only provides vision for the company, but also delivers best-in-class results across all operating areas. As a business industry expert Jack is relied on to oversee the completion of information technology projects, and to help grow the Merchants Fleet Management brand.


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