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9 Checks To Get Your Truck Winter Ready

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1. Do a Battery Health Check
Cold weather has an effect on batteries, leading them to drain faster. You should check your batteries to see how old they are and the charge remaining on them. If your batteries are more than three years old, it's a good idea to replace them.
2. Pack Some Emergency Supplies
When you have a breakdown, you don't want to be stuck without any supplies. You never know when it might happen, and might need to keep warm until you can get help. A few supplies will help you stay safe, including warm clothes, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, a fuel kit, and water and nonperishable food.
3. Check Your tyres
If you don't prepare your truck's tyres, it could mean you use more gas and you won't be driving as safely. Your tire pressure can be affected by the cold weather, so checking it over before a trip is always a good idea.
4. Get Some Tire Chains
Tire chains can sometimes be necessary to create extra traction when driving in the snow. In some places, they are even legally required. Carrying tire chains means you can put them on when necessary.
5. Check Your Cab
Stay warm in your cab by checking for any drafts and sealing them off. Even if you don't plan to use the sleeper berth, extra blankets and a suitable sleeping bag will be useful if you ever need to unexpectedly do so.
6. Check the Air Dryer
Take a look at the air dryer to ensure it's working correctly, and change the filter. It's responsible for keeping your brake lines from freezing by keeping out moisture.
7. Buy an Engine Block Heater
Diesel engines are more difficult to start in cold weather. An engine block heater will help you to make sure your truck always starts when you need it. Check that it's working too so that it won't let you down.

8. Take a Look at the Radiator
Look over the radiator belts, hoses and clamps to make sure everything is in good condition. The antifreeze should be full and at the right freeze point, and you should keep extra antifreeze in case it's required.
9. Check the Wipers
Ensure you have working windscreen wipers by replacing them if necessary and refilling your wiper fluid. You can even carry extra wipers and fluid in case they're needed on the road, as well as a scraper and brush to clear off your screen.

Preparing to get out on the road during winter will help you to stay safe in your truck all season.