As the temperatures begin to drop, it is inevitable that the cold weather will bring more occurrences of breakdowns and accidents. This is especially problematic if you rely on your catering van to operate a business. At Falcon Insurance, we've developed a winter health check-list to help keep your van running smoothly through these cold winter months.
With the increase of rain, sleet and snow it is important to keep the fluid topped up for your windscreen washer. Use a wash that will protect the screen in cold weather and check the wiper blades regularly to ensure that they're in good condition.
When the roads are covered in mud and slush, your lights are likely to get dirty fairly quickly. Wipe them down before driving out each morning and ensure that they're working well.
Check your tyres often for any punctures and ensure that they have proper inflation and are not becoming thread-bare. This is especially important if your van carries heavy loads. In addition, make sure you have a spare tyre stowed in case of emergency.
Check the radiators to see if they require a top up. If so, make sure you select the appropriate antifreeze and be careful not to dilute it when applying it.
Keep the fuel tank at least half full at all times. This will help to add weight to the vehicle and give you more traction on the icy roads.
Don't allow your battery to go flat. Turn off all electrical power when you get out of the van or if you plan not to use it for a while. If the battery has been idle for a long period, you might have to recharge it.
Place an emergency kit in the vehicle in case you get stranded in bad weather. The kit should include some warm clothes, blankets, a torch, and possibly a shovel and de-icer.
If things go wrong, make sure you have adequate insurance to cover you in your time of need. Falcon Insurance offers a wide array of catering van insurance options, including comprehensive cover and third party policies. We even offer breakdown cover to ensure no client is left out in the cold this wintertime.