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
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
- 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
- Dissolves already
gelled fuel fast. Reduces clogging of fuel filters. Prevents
ice crystal build-up in fuel lines and filters by disbursing
- Eliminates hard
starting, pounding, excessive smoking and helps improve
combustion. 100% compatible with low sulfur fuel and
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
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
scraper and small broom
with extra batteries
food including energy bars
and mini candy bars
and small candles
hats, socks and mittens
aid kit with pocket knife
or sleeping bag
chain or rope
salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
distress flag and whistle to attract attention
phone adapter to plug into lighter and or extra battery
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
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.
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Oct. 5-11, 2014
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
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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.