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Cold weather is just around the corner, and for many school districts, that means sub-zero temperatures and probably some snow too. Before the cold weather hits, be sure to winterize your fleet. Make sure all batteries are still good; check your belts for cracks or wear; make sure your tires can handle the terrain and weather, and top off and winterize fluids. With a little preparation, your fleet won’t miss a beat this winter.
Don’t skimp on your maintenance and inspections. Before starting up your buses for the first time this school year, give each bus a top-to-bottom inspection, replace worn parts or components, and change your fluids, filters, etc. Throughout the school year, be sure to complete a thorough pre- and post-inspection to keep your buses safe and in good working order. You’ll save time and hassles—not to mention peace of mind.
Whether you are converting to alternative fuels or running a clean-diesel bus, consider your fuel costs. Newer buses run more efficiently and operate with reduced fuel costs compared to older buses. In addition, many alternative fuels run much more efficiently and cost less than diesel. Reviewing your fuel costs can help streamline your decision on when it is time to get a new bus and what type of bus best meets your needs.
Consider financing with Daimler Truck Financial as a way to stretch your operating budget this year. Through tax-exempt municipal financing or competitive retail loans and leases, you can purchase new buses by making periodic payments on terms up to seven years. That leaves more money in your pocket for all of your other necessities.