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Arctic COLD Weather!

The weather forecasters are predicting that we will see record-low temperatures in the next two weeks, with much of North America blanketed with an Arctic Polar Vortex of extremely cold temperatures! 


Last week we reviewed precautions to be taken by your drivers and I hope each and every driver is following these to keep themselves safe in these conditions.


Many of you have seen the following information regarding truck operations in extreme cold weather but I feel it is worth repeating!

Protecting the Truck

1. Diesel supplement should be added to the ultra low sulfur diesel fuel when temperatures drop below 32 degrees.
2. If you truck is equipped with an engine block heater it should be plugged in when the temperature is below 32 degrees. Trucks that are not utilized should be started and let run every day to bring the unit up to normal operating temperature.
3. Initial start-up procedure should be as follows: Complete pre-trip of unit, unplug block heater, turn ignition switch to on, and wait for glow plug lights to go out, start engine, leave engine run until engine operating temperatures increase.
4. For trucks equipped with air brakes, drivers should purge air tanks daily. If the unit is equipped with an air drier, bringing the PSI to 120 will automatically purge the system.
5. If you are driving in snow, ice, slush, rain, etc., before parking the unit for the day you should lightly apply the brakes while the unit is moving 
to dry the brake shoes, drums, rotors and pads so the brakes do not freeze while parked.
6. Make sure windshield washer solvent is full and that all windows are clean.
7. Remove any ice-snow build up from steps and grab handles to prevent a slip or fall.
8. When parking the unit make sure if heavy snow is forecast that the unit is not left parked in an outside dock or near a building overhang. Snow can drift off of the building causing excessive accumulation on the top of the truck or trailer and can cause the roof to collapse.

Fuel Additive Use during Cold Weather Conditions

With Temperatures at -20F throughout a large area of North America, there were a lot of questions regarding fuel additives. Fuel additives to prevent jelling should be added anytime the ambient temperature is below 32. Power Service and Penray are popular manufactures of fuel additives and both companies have two different products available through Navistar and Idealease locations.

Power Service:

-The "Red Bottle" is Power Service 911 and is to be used only when the fuel in a unit has been jelled.
-911 is NOT to be used as a fuel additive that you would regularly put in the fuel tank to keep the fuel from gelling.
-Power Service Diesel Fuel Supplement + Cetane "White Bottle" is to be added to the fuel at each fill when the ambient temperature is < 30 degrees F.

-This is the additive you should use on a regular basis during the winter months.


 Winter Thaw Emergency Diesel Fuel Supplement
Dissolves already gelled fuel fast. Reduces clogging of fuel filters. Prevents ice crystal build-up in fuel lines and filters by disbursing moisture.
Eliminates hard starting, pounding, excessive smoking and helps improve combustion. 100% compatible with low sulfur fuel and fuel blends.

Winter Pow-R Plus Diesel Fuel Supplement
ULSD compliant. Prevents gelling of diesel fuel. Prevents ice crystal formation. Reduces cold filter plug point b as much as 30║F. Helps enhance cetane. Helps improve fuel economy. Utilizes HAFI« technology. Improves cold weather starting. Stabilizes and prevents corrosion. Helps reduce emissions and also helps improve lubricity

Registration is Now Open On Line for the 2014 Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars

Idealease, its affiliates and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) will again be hosting safety seminars in 2014. The one-day seminars will focus on basic safety and compliance, regulation changes and CSA. The seminars will be available to all Idealease customers, potential customers and NPTC members at no charge. The seminar provides important information applicable for both the novice and experienced transportation professionals. 

To view the schedule and register for an upcoming seminar in 2014 click on the following link:

January 24th, 2013
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Buckle up for safety and control. If you are in a crash, a seat belt can save your life and those around you. It will keep you in your seat and allow you to maintain control of your truck or bus. A major cause of truck and bus driver fatalities involves being ejected from the vehicle. Wearing seat belts, is still the single most effective thing all drivers can do to save lives and reduce injures on our roadways.

Safety Seminar Schedule: 
11-Feb: Salt Lake City, UT
11-Mar: Miami, FL
12-Mar: Fort Myers, FL
13-Mar: Tampa, FL
18-Mar: Chattanooga, TN
19-Mar: Atlanta, GA
20-Mar: Birmingham, AL
25-Mar: El Paso, TX
26-Mar: Memphis, TN
27-Mar: Kansas City, MO
27-Mar: Commerce, CA
1-Apr: Charlottesville, VA
2-Apr: Baltimore, MD
3-Apr: Landover, MD
8-Apr: Cleveland, OH
9-Apr: Dayton, OH
10-Apr: Lexington, KY
16-Apr: Philadelphia, PA
16-Apr: Lodi, CA
17-Apr: San Leandro, CA
17-Apr: Newburgh, NY
22-Apr: Wausau, WI
23-Apr: Dubuque, IA
23-Apr: Weirton, WV
24-Apr: Milwaukee, WI
24-Apr: Butler, PA
29-Apr: Harrisburg, PA
30-Apr: Greensboro, NC
1-May: Erie, PA
1-May: Columbia, SC
6-May: Toronto, Ontario
6-May: Everett, WA
8-May: Denver, CO
8-May: Edmonton, AB
13-May: South Bend, IN
14-May: Chicago, IL
15-May: Springfield, IL

The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.