Now that the three digit summer temperatures and extreme flooding in several regions are coming to a close, your traveling sales crews will be looking ahead at the winter season. According to the National Weather Service, North America will be battling a second consecutive year of record snowfalls in many portions of the United States.
Your challenge, should you decide to accept, will be to take a day and have your vehicles serviced. Not only is service is essential to the care of the vehicle it is also a cost effective measure that will ensure the life of the car, keep it running smoothly through the rigid winter temperatures, and will ensure the safety of your traveling sales crews.
Vehicle Safety tips for Traveling Sales Crews include:
- Oil Change-Check the oil every month, have it changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles whichever comes first.
- Rotate the tires – If the tires are balding, you can check this with a penny, stick the penny in the treed of the tire, if the penny is not half way covered it is time to purchase new tires or buy good used tires at a much lower cost. There are several tire locations that offer used tires. Be sure to have the tires balanced at time of purchased. If you do need new tires, then have the tires rotated.
- Check the battery – The battery needs to be checked every 7,500 miles or every six months.
- Filters-Check the filters for the transmission, air, fuel and carbon canister. It is recommended to have the filters changed with every seasonal change.
- Fluids – Check the fluids for the transmission, brakes, windshield, as well as battery fluid, the hot summer conditions can cause excessive loss of these essential fluids.
- Brakes – Have the brakes and brake pads checked, especially prior to the long trip.
- Windshield – Check the windshield wipers. Summer rains can cause the rubber to wear thin, while winter snow can cause damage. Stopping for gas is an excellent time for one of your traveling sales crew members to check the wipers for damage.
- Insurance – While this is not a car maintenance issue, it is essential, as well as a law, that all vehicles carry insurance. If it has been a while, check your policy, and take a moment and read over your current policy. Do you have full coverage? Or do you need new car insurance? Check out www.nationwide.com . Nationwide offers a variety of car insurance plans that can afford your bottom line.
- License- Be sure all those who are driving your vehicle are currently carrying a state issued driver’s license. Check the expiration date, as many do not realize that their drivers license is about to expire.
- Emergency Kit – Last, but most important all vehicles that carry crews, should have an emergency kit. This kit should include, water, food (dry snacks, etc.), blanket, batteries, battery operated radio, a shovel, ice scraper, flashlight and jumper cables. Always make sure the driver’s cell phone is fully charged and the vehicle has a full tank of gas
And by all means drive safely and obey the rules of the road! These tips will ensure that your traveling sales crews are being taken care of and that your door to door sales company will save money in the long run!