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Weather events such as hurricanes and wildfires inflicted $306 billion in damages in the United States in 2017, making it the most expensive year for natural disasters ever recorded. In this environment, fleet managers must protect their equipment year-round to avoid costly repairs and speed up project timelines.

Although fleet managers can’t control the weather, they don’t have to be at the mercy of it. The following four features can help valuable equipment withstand even the harshest conditions while saving time and money.

1. Rust-resistant Paint

Winter weather can quickly bring construction activity to a halt. Plummeting temperatures often lead to thickening oil, brake, transmission and radiator fluid, making routine tasks more difficult and time consuming. Fleet managers can preserve equipment seals and reduce friction between joints by investing in rust-resistant paint.

In addition to keeping things running smoothly during the winter months, rust-resistant paint limits exposure from heavy rains. All too often, construction equipment is left out to dry, resulting in rust that decreases equipment strength and speed. Fleet managers can guard against such damages by adding an extra coat of rust-resistant paint before severe weather strikes.

2. Impenetrable Enclosures

To better protect real-time data collection tools such as an electronic logging device, look into durable enclosures that help gather important information that fleet managers can’t afford to lose.

One way to gauge the effectiveness of an enclosure is through an IP rating. By indicating the degree of protection against moisture and intrusion (e.g., hands, tools or dust), an IP rating can quickly let fleet managers know whether their equipment is safe from the elements. 

Best of all, sensitive data can continue to be collected and transferred from a durable enclosure regardless of whether a piece of equipment is powered on.

3. AGM Batteries

Cold weather and battery efficiency don’t mix. As temperatures dip, so does the available energy within batteries. This leads to greater difficulty starting and operating equipment. Fleet managers hoping to sidestep such issues should give heavy-duty AGM batteries a try.

Capable of surviving more rugged conditions and maintaining longer lifespans, AGM batteries not only help managers ramp up fleet efficiency, but they also raise the bar on equipment safety. With long-lasting AGM batteries, fleet managers won’t have to worry about frozen batteries combusting while charging.

4. Fuel Stabilizers 

Chilling temperatures freeze more than just precipitation. Transmission fluid used to maintain equipment performance can often be reduced to a gel-like substance that is hardly useful. To maximize the impact of transmission fluid and keep equipment going even after thousands of miles, fleet managers should consider investing in fuel stabilizers. 

In addition to ensuring a fleet has the proper lubricants needed to function at full capacity, fuel stabilizers can prevent gas stored in a tank or container from freezing over the course of a winter. Rather than fretting over ice buildup in filters and fuel lines, fleet managers can focus on what they do best: running an effective and efficient fleet. 


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