January 12, 2015

After some area's of the UK had snow over the Christmas holidays and the MET office today issued several warnings for Snow & Ice for parts of the country, we thought we'd inform you of the preperations we've made to help keep disruption of our heating oil and fuel deliveries to a minimum if the snow does arrive again.

All of our depots have invested to equip their fleet of tankers with winter tyres specially designed to offer maximum grip and safety in freezing temperatures.

The tyres are made from a compound which has been specifically engineered to work at temperatures below seven degrees centigrade and have a special tread pattern to perform well in icy conditions.

As well as new tyres, we have also invested in snow chains which drivers can put on their tankers if the weather deteriorates. 

Duncan Lambert, Director of the Petroleum Division in the Yorkshire and Humber, said although standard tyres have basic winter capabilities, they were not as effective as the new ones.

Rix Petroleum snow tyres

He added that as well as the tyres, Rix had invested in new steel wheel rims so they could quickly swap over to the bad weather kit as and when it was required.

Mr Lambert said: “We are keen to ensure that we are fully prepared for the winter, no matter what it has to throw at us. We generally adhere to the ‘hope for the best but prepare for the worst’ philosophy in an effort to do our bit for our customers.

“Recent years of unpredictable weather has taken everyone by surprise – the weather was unprecedented. The MET office has reported of snow, hail and high winds for much of the country over the next few days.

“Although there is no legal requirement to fit the tyres,” he said, “we always like to make sure we are ahead of the game.”

Mr Lambert said that as well as the efforts of Rix, home owners who rely on heating oil for power can help themselves by ensuring they order early to avoid panic buying should the weather turn bad.

He said residents should also allow a couple of extra days for delivery if weather conditions do deteriorate as high demand, combined with slow moving traffic, makes getting out to more isolated parts of the country a challenge.

“This is particularly important for more vulnerable groups such as the elderly, for whom being without power and heat is a very serious problem.” If you haven't already stocked up on heating oil, you can get an instant quote and order online here.

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