During winter operations, we have had trouble in the past with snow packing in between the windshield and the hood. On freightliner trucks, the spot where the snow packs is also where the intake is for the heating and air system. Not being able to circulate properly caused the windows to be constantly be fogged up and iced over. We would have to pull over and clean the snow out and clear the windows. This innovation simply attaches over the top of the vent and curves around so that snow cannot clog the intake and the air system can function properly. We also added some heater hoses around the device to keep the snow from building up underneath the new intake opening. Once we did this, we were very pleased with the results and had no issues moving forward.
Benefit and Implementation
This innovation keeps ice from blocking the cab air intake so the defroster will work. This saves time from having to stop the vehicle to clear off the accumulated snow and ice. This increases safety because the windshield stays defrosted.