- Tires. Check the PSI. Ambient temperatures are higher meaning the PSI can be different from the last time you checked it, especially if heat has spiked in the last few weeks. This will affect the operating temperature, changing the way your vehicle performs on the road. Check the wear. Summer can bring extreme weather, like high winds and sudden thunderstorms, along with extreme temperatures. Your tires should have enough tread to keep the vehicle operating safely in heat or rain or whatever happens in the field.
- Tint or Heat Blocking Treatment for windows. Extreme heat inside a parked vehicle has become a hot topic in recent years, no pun intended. From pets and children forgotten in vehicle to the proliferation of electronics that get left in the automotive inferno daily, things can fall apart. Recent years have seen the maturity of clear heat blocking treatments for car windows available at most tinting shops.
- Window Mounted Vent. Window Mounted Vents allow air to pass in and out of the vehicle while parked and shut off, in many cases preventing the interior from reaching scorching temperatures.
- Check the Cooling System. Summer heat will put your cooling system to the test, prevent your car from overheating. First and foremost, check the level and quality of your coolant. Topping off your coolant is an easy ounce of prevention. Check the clarity of your coolant. If it’s starting to look gross and murky, look into replacing it.
- Check the Oil. Oil is the live blood of your auto, keep it topped off and changed. Check it once a month during the Dog Days of Summer. If it looks black or grimy, it may be time to replace, especially if your vehicles are run hard. Lastly, check the last time it was changed. If it’s been more than 6,000 miles common wisdom says to change it.
- Windshield Wipers and Fluid. If you can’t, see you can’t drive. (Safely) Change your wipers if they smear dirt and water when activated. Also, refill your windshield wiper fluid reservoir with windshield wiper fluid. Water will not remove dust and grim with the same efficiency.
- Air Conditioning. Get your vehicles air conditioning system recharged to ensure your drivers stay cool during the summer. A non or ill functioning air conditioner will still use the same amount of fuel when activated because the compressor is still working even though no cold air is being pumped into the cab.
- Parking Cover. If your vehicles are parked at your facility for any time during the day, a sun cover will prevent the vehicles from getting hot and suffering the ill effects of summer inferno. The effects of heat on a vehicle range from a driver burning themselves on a hot interior to a driver letting the vehicle run with the AC on to cool down the interior clear to components wearing out prematurely because of heat year after year.
- General Tune up and Inspection. A general tune up and inspection is due at least once a season in fleet vehicles. Any time during the first half is a great time to keep your vehicles running in tiptop shape.
All of these tips will help you keep your fleet in top shape. Adding a fleet management system to your operations will help you even more in keeping track with all of these vehicle check-ups. A healthy fleet will increase performance, safety, and driver satisfaction.