Keeping your fleet moving this winter

bus maintenance winter

Vehicle Fleet in Winter

This time of year is particularly challenging for bus operators as daylight hours reduce, temperatures drop significantly and driving conditions become more hazardous.

Across the UK, vehicles are often exposed to extreme conditions, which can make things hard on your fleet. The addition of ice, snow and freezing weather to an already strained bus can lead to tyre slippage, engine trouble and bodywork issues. Winter operations can expose the weaknesses in a vehicle fleet, so Imperial Engineering advocates having a year-round maintenance plan that can be easily adjusted to make the cold months easier.

The regular inspection of certain systems is obviously mandatory for operators, including brakes, tyres and glazing but heating and defrosting units should be inspected thoroughly and consistently, along with hoses, fan belts and electrical wiring. Batteries should be kept fully charged and warm and fuel tanks kept as full as possible to keep condensation from forming on the tank walls. It’s also good practice to install new wiper blades at the beginning of winter.

Helping bus and coach operators reduce downtime costs, whilst maintaining service efficiency has been a core focus of Imperial Engineering for over half a century and we remain fully prepared to support customers during the winter months.

When it comes to OE parts and components, Imperial Engineering is one of the leading distributors serving the UK bus and coach sector. Our business has developed successfully as a result of our team’s unstinting approach to delivering the highest quality products to customers, from the largest national fleets to smaller regional independent operators.

Imperial Engineering is a primary distributor for Knorr-Bremse, Wabco, Haldex, Meritor, Bosch, TMD Friction, Dana and PSS products and is proud to have achieved both the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management Systems and Bronze FORS Accreditation.

In response to changing market demands, Imperial Engineering continues to diversify its range of products. A partnership with Bosch, for example, has enabled expansion of OE components for common rail diesel, rotating electrics and Denoxtronic (AdBlue) systems. Imperial also supplies Bosch steering systems, filters and sensors, switches and valves for a diverse range of applications.

Our commitment to service, technical expertise and attention to detail ensures that customers have total peace of mind when fitting the highest quality parts and components to their vehicles.

John Dwight, Imperial Engineering’s Sales Director, commented:

“Running a smooth and cost-effective operation during the darker months is always challenging for our customers, so we make sure that we stand ready to help them keep their fleets fully serviceable. On behalf of all the team at Imperial Engineering, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish our customers and supplier partners a very safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

Please call Imperial Engineering on 01992 634255 or email enquiries@imperialengineering.co.uk for your parts requirements, so we can ensure you keep your fleet moving.

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