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