As the peak season is creeping up right around the corner, this is a prime time to explore 3 Ways to Freshen Up Your Delivery Truck. We'll take a look at each of the following in further depth:
- Paint & revamp the truck graphics
- Replenish truck fluids
- Detail the truck interior
Vehicle graphics are one of the most impactful areas of brand exposure, especially for ISP contractors during peak seasons. As so many of us recognize graphics from miles away, it's important to maintain the integrity of the graphics, and keep them polished and adhered to the truck. Each ISP delivery truck has anywhere between 30,000 and 70,000 views each day, according to crankycreative.com, so keeping the paint and truck graphics revamped is key.
#1 of 3 Ways to Freshen Up Your Delivery Truck: Paint & Revamp the Truck Graphics
Similar to any paint finish, maintaining and caring for vehicle wraps should be part of your vehicle maintenance routine. For a longer-lasting wrap, you should wash your vehicle weekly, however if it is exposed to dirt or pollutants, you may want to wash it as needed throughout the week. Be sure to use a gentle automotive detergent with a sponge or soft cloth while washing the wrap. In addition, rinse the entire vehicle with clear water to get rid of any suds.
A question that is frequently asked is “can I take a wrapped vehicle into an automatic car wash”? The answer is technically yes, although hand washing the graphics is safer. However, depending on the brushes at the automatic car wash, they may cause peeling on the graphics, so that’s something to watch out for.
Another frequently asked question is about pressure washing your vehicle as part of maintaining and caring for vehicle wraps. According to 3M.com, pressure washing may be used under these conditions.
• Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa).
• Keep water temperature below 180 °F (80 °C)
• Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern
• Keep the nozzle at least 1 foot (300 mm) away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the graphic
With any graphics application, maintaining and caring for truck graphics should be part of your routine maintenance process.
#2 of 3 Ways to Freshen Up Your Delivery Truck: Winterize the truck fluids
Without an operable step van, ISP contractors cannot perform an efficient and productive business, thus resulting in late deliveries, downtime, overtime pay, etc. The cycle is exhausting, so this list is aimed to ensure your ISP fleet is ready to go for the freezing temperatures!
You need to make sure your step van has the proper level of fluids. This may seem obvious, but in the midst of the winter months, it’s critical to keep the fluids filled, cleaned, and maintained to ensure the truck continues to operate smoothly.
According to foodtruckr.com, check out the list of fluids to replenish and monitor as you winterize your food truck step vans:
- Oil: Make sure your oil is changed regularly. This is especially important during the winter, as cold temperatures can thicken the oil and prevent it from circulating fully throughout the engine. When your engine isn’t lubricated properly, it will have trouble starting in the cold. Ask your mechanic what type of oil you should be using during the winter. If you live in a cold climate, you’ll typically want thinner oil that is less viscous.
- Antifreeze and Water Levels: Ask your mechanic to check the antifreeze and water levels in your radiator to make sure they are at the correct ratio to prevent the coolant from freezing. You can buy a small antifreeze tester to check the levels yourself, but you should always have an experienced mechanic recommend the initial ratio rather than trying to determine it yourself.
- Transmission & Power Steering Fluid: Finally, have your mechanic check the transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. You don’t want to be out on the road and suffer a breakdown that could have been easily avoided with such a simple fix!
In addition to checking fluids on your delivery truck, be sure to check the following items to ensure your truck is winter-ready!
- New wiper blades
Rubberized boot blades are made to specifically help prevent snow and ice buildup. Experienced tip: Do Not Buy Cheap Blades! The last thing you want your driver to be doing during peak season is changing wiper blades because one has fallen off! This is one avenue to invest in decent equipment.
- Carry MotorKote or WD-40 in Your Truck. MotorKote and WD-40 can be life savers when a seal or door has frozen shut. The MotorKote can be preventative and done quickly by adding a drop to a cloth and applying over your door seals and anything that opens or closes (and locks) to prevent them from freezing shut in the winter. Coat your wiper blades with a thin coat and let dry for a few hours then wipe off excess. This will prevent snow and ice from sticking to the blades.
WD-40 can defrost frozen locks, which can come in super handy early in the freezing mornings or when icy weather hits.
- Prevent your fuel from freezing. When the temperatures drop below freezing, be sure to treat your fuel to prevent gelling or ice build-up in filters and fuel lines. This will ensure your truck can continue making deliveries and avoid being stranded on the side of the road.
#3 of 3 Ways to Freshen Up Your Delivery Truck: Detail Your Truck Interior
Have you ever heard the saying "a clean car always runs better?" ISP contractor trucks are no exception. In addition to freshening up the truck fluids, work on the interior of the truck.
MAG Trucks is the leading supplier of step vans for new and used step vans across the country. Let this experienced team help you select an addition to your fleet and maintain the aesthetic and integrity of the branding.