When it comes to the wintertime, one of the worst mistakes you can make is to not buy yourself the correct equipment for dealing with any car emergencies. There are a number of mishaps that can be caused by winter weather, such as your car being snowed in and having ice on your windshield, but there are also a great many tools that you can buy to help you in these circumstances. If you run a business you should always ensure that your employees know the risks involved with winter driving, especially if they are regularly on the road for call outs
One of the first things that you should buy is a snow shovel. Ideally, you shouldn't wait for the first snow of the year to fall and should instead buy one in the summer, so that you can store it until it is required. Snow shovels are very sturdy, so you should only ever have to buy one, but if you do find that you need to get a replacement there are lots of low-priced ones available online.
You can use a snow shovel to clear your driveway and dig your car out of snow. If your workplace has a large car park you should get yourself a heavy duty snow shovel that you can use, and a snow pusher may also come in handy. As its name would suggest, a snow pusher can help in simply shifting the snow out of the way, rather than actually shovelling it into a pile.
Spreading grit or rock salt on snow can also be effective as it will help to melt it. This will not only reduce the risk of cars getting stuck in the snow, but will also make it less likely for people to slip or slide on the ice, which can result in dangerous accidents.
If you have a fleet of vehicles that are regularly used by your workers during call outs you should be extra vigilant in their upkeep during the winter. Car batteries are especially susceptible to changes in the temperature and old or faulty batteries are often prone to breaking altogether once the winter really sets in.
You will need to keep a keen eye on the windscreens of these vehicles as well, as any chips in them could develop into cracks once the ice gets into them. To stop your vehicles from becoming un-driveable get them serviced regularly and make sure your employees use de-icer and ice scrapers to remove any ice from the windscreens before setting off, otherwise accidents could happen.
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