The importance of demucking vehicles
Construction machinery, HGVs and military vehicles get heavily soiled in operation.
Here we discuss demucking – what it is, why its important, and how to demuck vehicles.
What is demucking?
If you run an industrial site, then you know how important a safety-first culture is.
Part of that responsibility includes making sure that all the vehicles exiting the site are free from muck.
This process is known as demucking, and it’s essential for maintaining a safe worksite.
Mud and debris can track onto the roads, which creates slip hazards for pedestrians and other vehicles.
Demucking isn’t just a safety priority. Muck also:
- Causes rust: There are chemicals such as acids in the soil, which degrade the surface of vehicles. When you leave mud on the vehicle, you allow the chemical substances time to react with components.
- Clogs up drainage systems: This dirt can cause flooding during heavy rains
- Makes it hard to read number plates: And if muck is obscuring the number plate, your business could land a fine
- Reduces fuel efficiency: Heavy, claggy mud on tyres results in lower fuel efficiency – which is significant with current fuel prices
How to demuck vehicles?
There are three main ways to demuck a vehicle: 1) manually, 2) a dry ramp, or 3) a wheel washing machine.
Manual methods involve using a hose, brush and setting up a station. However this can result in water & dirt pooling, it’s subject to human error as it can easily be forgotten, and it is time consuming.
The best demucking solution for your site will depend on lots of factors, such as the traffic, your budget, location of site.
Dry ramp solutions such as Ecoramp mean you don’t need water or power.
Wheel washing machines such as the Ecowash range are powerful and can even be customised to meet your site’s specification.
Our team provides free consultation to help you choose the best solution for your site. We will also assess your site’s ground material – whether it’s peat, organic matter, clay, silt, sand, rocks or other minerals that need to be removed will influence the best demucking solution for your site.