Cold weather protection

Why winter preparation is crucial

Your fuel storage, lubricants and antifreeze play a part in avoiding costly disruptions. They are especially important in winter when harsh weather mixed with high demand put pressure on your business. Our experts have put together recommendations to help you protect your fuel, your machinery and your fleet when you need them the most.

For personalised advice from a fuel expert, contact us using the form below.

Get ready for winter

Prepare for winter grade fuel

Winter grade fuel is specifically formulated to prevent wax crystals from forming during cold weather, which can clog filters. We start delivering winter grade fuel from 15 November. It’s a good idea to run your summer grade stock low, so that you can completely replace it with the winter grade equivalent.

Download our full recommendations on winter grade gas oil and proper fuel storage.

Run a health check on your fuel storage

Cold weather can worsen damage to your fuel tank, which is why now is the ideal time to give yours a thorough health check.

It’s important to carry out these tank health checks before you order your fuel for winter. Health and safety are a priority for us, and our drivers will only deliver to safe tanks.

If you’re concerned that your tank isn’t providing the best protection from poor weather, please contact us on the form below to discuss our range of static and transportable tanks or explore our tank range here.

Look for signs of damage
Look for cracks, bulging or stains, as well as signs of damage to the filters, pipework and seals.

Provide shelter
Temperature and weather fluctuations can impact your tank and the fuel within. Where possible, make sure your tank is protected from the wind and cold. If your tank is located in a place that’s exposed to poor weather conditions, providing safe shelter will help protect your tank, and the fuel within.

Check for water
Finally, tanks are prone to accumulating moisture from condensation, which can cause bacteria to grow. To prevent what’s known as ‘diesel bug’ from impacting the performance of your fuel and machinery, make sure you have a regular maintenance programme to remove any water.

Stock up on lubricants and antifreeze

Remember to stock up on antifreeze and coolants to ensure you have everything you need throughout winter. These liquids prevent water in your machinery from freezing, and also provide lubrication for moving parts.

Using high-quality lubricants is important when winter and Christmas demand mean there isn’t time for businesses disruption. Lubricants help to protect your machinery and shield vehicle components from grit and sludge on the roads, keeping everything running smoothly.

Follow our experts’ advice on choosing a long-lasting antifreeze, which provides advanced protection for your fleet and machinery during the demanding winter period.

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Watson Fuels provides a complete solution tailored to your business. We deliver bulk fuel, monitoring systems, fuel cards and tanks through a national network of depots.

Our consultants are here to make sure you’re using the right oils, tanks and fuels for your equipment and your operations. Fill in the form below and one of our experts will contact you to discuss your options. 

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Why Watson Fuels

With the backing of World Fuels Services, a Fortune 100 global company, Watson Fuels has expanded to provide more than a reliable fuel and lubricant supply. From tailored fuel card solutions to price risk management we offer a total fuel management service. Drawing on the expertise of World Kinect Energy Services, we can also help you streamline your gas, water and electricity supply.