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Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - Prepare Now for Cold Weather Ahead!



Idealease Safety Bulletin






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Prepare for the Cold Weather Ahead! 


Tuesday was the first Day of Fall and now is the time to start preparing your operation for the cold weather ahead.


Fuel Additive Use during Cold Weather Conditions


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 jelling.
  • 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 30ºF. Helps enhance cetane. Helps improve fuel economy. Utilizes HAFI® technology. Improves cold weather starting.
    • Stabilizes and prevents corrosion. Helps reduce emissions. Helps improve lubricity

How to make a Cold Weather Survival Kit


Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their truck. In an emergency, it could save your life. Here is what you need:

  • a shovel 
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries 
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • Disposable Hand/Foot warmers
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter and or extra battery supply.



   Tis' Deer Season

It is Deer season, and now is the time to remind drivers of the dangers of animals in the roadway. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that 1.5 million deer-related accidents occur each year. Deer are struck in three out of four accidents involving animals. Nationally, deer collisions with vehicles annually cause some $1.1 billion in vehicle damage, kill 150 people and injure another 29,000 people.

Cattle, horses, dogs and bears also led to fatalities in collisions. Crashes with deer are most likely to occur in late fall during deer breeding, migration and hunting season. Accidents with deer are likely to occur on rural roads with a speed limit of 55 mph or higher speed limits, in darkness, or at dusk and dawn. In 60% of the accidents involving human fatalities with animal-vehicle collisions, the fatality was caused not by the collision with the deer, but failure to wear a safety belt. The animal-vehicle collision is the first event and often not the deadliest. It is what occurs to the vehicle after the initial collision that is often the cause of the fatality; i.e. striking a fixed object or another vehicle(s). 


There is no feasible way to keep deer and other animals off of the roadway. Deer whistles have been sold over the years as a way of avoiding deer collisions. I can personally attest that the whistles work. However, it is still up to the deer what action is taken after hearing the whistle. This may include standing still in the roadway or running directly at you; therefore, drivers need to be vigilant at all times and especially in those areas that are prone to animal crossing.



September 26, 2014



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 Fire Prevention Week

 Oct. 5-11, 2014



National Fire Prevention Week is coming and it is a good time to review with your drivers how to prevent fires and how to react to a fire that occurs in their commercial motor vehicle.

Fire extinguisher inspection is a vital part of a driver's daily vehicle inspection process. It amazes me how many times I will be looking at a truck and find the fire extinguisher has lost it pressure due to a leak or was used and returned to the truck without being recharged. The actions of a driver at the time of a fire are crucial in saving lives and controlling the amount of loss.





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.



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