KEEP YOUR DRIVERS AND VEHICLES SAFE THIS WINTER WITH A VEHICLE HEALTH CHECK, ADVISES ATS EUROMASTER
19 November 2015
With winter just around the corner, ATS Euromaster is advising fleet managers to ensure their vehicles are properly prepared for adverse conditions with a £20, 20-point vehicle health check.
Available at ATS Euromaster centres across the country, the vehicle health check covers fluid levels, tyre tread depth, tyre condition, tyre pressure, primary brake inspection, battery, exhaust, shock absorbers, oil, lights, windscreen wipers and screen wash.
Peter Fairlie, Group Sales Director at ATS Euromaster, says: “It’s a fleet manager’s duty to ensure their vehicles, and therefore their drivers, are protected in winter. Plunging temperatures and poor weather conditions adversely affect road conditions and generally mean that the number of vehicle breakdowns and accidents will more than double throughout the winter months. An ATS Euromaster vehicle health check will cut your long-term costs and reduce downtime, supporting your business.”
With intervals between scheduled services increasing on modern vehicles, ATS Euromaster’s check provides a key interim health and safety inspection by expert technicians. Wet and icy conditions also increase the risk of accidents, meaning it’s essential that tyres are in an excellent all-round condition, have sufficient tyre depth and are inflated to the correct pressure to reduce that risk. Plus, in cold conditions, vehicles can burn up to a litre of oil per 1,000 miles, and it is vital that the correct levels of anti-freeze are used, so carrying out a thorough check can help prevent minor issues becoming major catastrophes.
In addition to a vehicle health and safety check, fleet managers are also encouraged to look at the type of tyres fitted to their fleet. Michelin’s new CrossClimate tyre range is the first to be certified for both summer and winter use. The tyres, which alleviate the perceived hassles associated with fitting two different sets of tyres, are ideally suited to the UK fleet sector, where unexpected weather changes and occasional snowfall can cause havoc for company car drivers – resulting in costly business interruption and reduced mobility, plus an increased risk of accidents.
“Weather agencies are already predicting highly changeable weather, and while many are looking at protecting their own health by having a flu jab or stocking up on vitamins, it is just as important to make sure your vehicles are kept in as good condition as possible too,” concludes Fairlie.
About ATS Euromaster
Birmingham-based ATS Euromaster Ltd, part of the Euromaster Group, was established in 1965 and operates approximately 345 centres, more than 820 service vans and employs nearly 2,600 people, providing coverage across Great Britain. It is the country’s largest comprehensive tyre distributor, supplying tyres for cars, vans, trucks, buses/coaches, materials handling equipment, agricultural machinery and construction plant. The company’s expertise also extends to car and van service, maintenance and repair (SMR), including: menu-driven servicing, Class IV & Class VII MoT tests, brakes, batteries, shock absorbers, oil, exhausts, fault diagnostics and air-conditioning servicing. ATS Euromaster is accredited by both safecontractor and the Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS) and has been granted a Royal Warrant as tyre specialists to Her Majesty The Queen. It is also an official ‘industry partner’ to the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence programme. For further information visit: http://www.atseuromaster.co.uk/business
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