Winter weather influences fleet maintenance practices

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Updated Jan 28, 2022

A powerful snow storm barreling toward the Northeast is expected to dump upwards of 16 inches of snow across much of New England this weekend and bring with it wind gusts up to 60 mph.

January is usually the coldest month of the year across the U.S. with average temperatures of just under 35 degrees, but February is not too far behind. Winter can stretch into April in some parts of the country and those extended bitter temperatures (combined with road salts and brines) put stress on everything from a truck and trailer's rubber and metal components, to electrical connections and every fluid on a vehicle for almost half the year.

In this week's 10-44, Jason and Matt talk with Shawn Whitacre, senior engineer for Chevon Lubricants, about how fleets can optimize maintenance for cold weather conditions, and how icy conditions should influence select maintenance intervals. 

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