Removing snow from truck and trailer rooftops is critical to help keep roadways safe for all motorists during winter months. It will also limit exposure to tickets, fines, and license suspensions for drivers. There are several snow removal techniques to consider, but not all provide the same level of safety and efficiency as automated snow removal options.
Snow laws vary widely by state and province, and they affect all drivers on the road, not just the drivers licensed in the state that has regulation. Whether your fleet is driving to, through, or from snowy areas, fleet managers and drivers need to know the laws in their geographical footprint to safely keep their trucks and buses on the road after a snowstorm. Keep abreast of legislation in the states and provinces covered by your incoming and outgoing vehicles to avoid delays and violations, and meet your customer demands.
Operating with a robust rooftop snow removal plan for clearing snow off trailers and trucks, helps decrease winter challenges and helps give managers greater control of their fleet operations.
Jeff Johnston, Business Manager for Arbon Equipment Corporation’s In-Plant Sales, discusses the importance of truck and tractor trailer snow removal from fleets on an episode of Rite-Hite’s Rite From the Source podcast.
Fleet managers need to know the impact of a decision to ignore rooftop snow removal from their trucks, trailers, and buses. Leaving snow and ice intact on your vehicles can have profound and costly consequences. We’ve compiled a list of 5 risks fleet managers take when choosing not to remove rooftop snow from your truck, trailer, or bus fleet.
Streamlined efficiency is vital when you manage third party logistics and fresh produce is your cargo. For Sunrise Transport in Denver, PA, clearing rooftop snow from 100 tractor trailers and 30 box trucks disrupted work and added layers of unwanted complexity. Every time it snowed, shop workers and mechanics were redirected from their responsibilities to do the time-consuming, labor-intensive job of removing snow so loads of fruits and vegetables could be delivered. The Scraper Systems FleetPlow Model 440T made snow removal a lot easier – using fewer people and significantly less time to put trucks on the road.
In an economy with more job openings than available workers, employees can afford to be picky about where they work and how long they stay. For fleet managers and administrators who want to recruit and retain good people, every aspect of the transportation plan factors into worker satisfaction. FleetPlow automated snow-removal machines can remove some of the stress of worker recruitment and retention.
Use our savings calculator to compare the yearly operational costs associated with manual clearing of snow from your fleet vs automated clearing with a FleetPlow. For best information, customize the results by using data from your own operation. Or, if you prefer, use the example data included for truck and bus scenarios.
Clearing snow from your fleet is essential after a winter snowstorm. So is protecting your employees and your bottom line. Every minute your team spends using a laborious hand tool like a bus or tractor trailer snow brush or rake puts your team and your company at risk for unwanted injuries and extra costs.