I know we could name dozens more, bu here are 7 things that just don’t work in winter. We picked these 7 because they are things you usually carry on the truck. You count on them to work as intended.
- Air Horns. Here’s one you usually count on. When you need to get someone’s attention, those air horns mounted on the roof of my old 379 usually did the job. Not so when the temperature outside is sub-zero. If you get any noise at all, you could sound like a 63 VW bug. No one will notice, let alone take you seriously.
- Zip-Ties. What’s not to love with Zip-Ties? They come in various sizes, colors and lengths. They’re tough and dependable. But have you taken one out of a side box and tried to use it on a mudflap? That little zippy tab inside the block is frozen and brittle. It’ll snap off as soon as you try to put it together.
- Duct Tape. Just like the Zip-Ties, you can count on duct tape. It’s strong, and sticks like crazy. But it doesn’t stick when the adhesive is frozen, or when you’re trying to stick it on a frozen surface that’s covered with even the slightest bit of condensation.
- Bungee Cords. This one get a little tricky. If you’re securing something with a bungee cord, it will still stretch. But it’s ability to hold tight will be diminished. The cords will stretch, but soon freeze into that stretched length. One removed, they stay extended for quite a while unless you warm them up.
- Glass Cleaner. Unless you store that bottle of window cleaner inside, it’ll freeze. Even if it’s warm, it may well freeze on most of your glass. Be sure to heat that cab so the cleaner doesn’t freeze when it hits the glass. Even cleaning the heated mirrors can be an issue. The stuff dries from the heat before you get the glass clean unless you’re right on it.
- Just About Anything In A Spray Can. In many cases, the contents of aerosol spray cans have contents that lower the freezing point. It may also be okay if those contents are frozen and thawed, but it’s a gamble. The biggest reason these things fail are the plastic parts in the top of the can. They shrink and crack when frozen, usually letting most or all of the propellant escape.
- Door Key Holes. Lube these things now, before you find yourself locked out in the cold. You may be able to heat up the key with a lighter and thaw out the lock, or shoot a little penetrating oil in the lock. If the locks have been neglected for too long, there just might be enough corrosion from winter road salt to have that thing freeze up solid. I’ve had a few older trucks that were assigned to me this way. I could solve the problem with oil in most cases. I did have a few side box locks that were too corroded to recover.
Trucking’s Distracted Driving Crisis
I recently published a series of videos as a post on trucking and the distracted driving crisis. Please take a look at it. If I can make only one contribution to the trucking industry, dealing with this epidemic would be my choice. Follow this link to Trucking’s Distracted Driver Crisis and check it out. It’s a closer look at the problem’s cause from a different angle.
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