Winter is certainly the trickiest season for many drivers. Fog, heavy rains, high winds and ice and snow are some of the problems motorists encounter. If you're a taxi driver, then you recognize the importance of preparing for the season, especially because you'll be helping clients commute from one point to another no matter how bad the roads within the given area could be . Unfortunately, this is the season when the majority of motoring accidents takes place and taxi insurance definitely is most important to keep you covered for the unexpected.
But apart from ensuring that your taxi insurance policy is valid and valuable in terms of coverage, there are a few other things you can do to make sure that your taxi remains ready for the tough days ahead.
Windows and windscreen
Low sun with a combination of heavy rains can be hazardous when driving. It is important that you keep up with cleaning the cab windows and windscreen; not just outside, but also inside to improve the visibility. If you must use a cleaner, then ensure it is designed for car glass. Dip a piece of tissue in neat screen wash additive and clean the wiper blade edges to minimize smearing. It is also helpful to keep them propped up for the night to minimize chances of them sticking to the screen.
The last thing you want is to have poor light in heavy rain, snow or most even during the day. Visibility remains very important and this means that you must ensure the exterior lights of the taxi are clean and working properly. If need be, replace shuttered bulbs or those which are not working as they should. You can do the replacing yourself or get help from a service center of the garage.
What lies under your bonnet is what should matter. To start with, check to see that the coolant reservoir remains at the right levels and consider mixing with a solution of antifreeze and water. The antifreeze concentration you have in the cooling system should also remain adequate enough and ensure that the battery terminals are not corroded and remain tight to avoid the frustrating flat batteries common in winter. If there is a need, then have your taxi battery replaced on time. Avoid switching on the blower and headlights unless the engine is running to save your battery.
The pressure should be checked every week, including that of your spare tire. It is also very important that you check the pressure before embarking on dropping or picking your customer just to avoid issues along the way. The cabs tires should have a good enough grip on the wet roads so make sure that tread depth is proper. If you are sure you will drive through roads that are snow covered, then investing in winter tires or even snow socks is great and will come in handy.
Air con, fuel, emergency kit and lock de-icer are the other things you should think about when getting your taxi ready for winter.