As a fleet manager, fleet maintenance is important for finding and fixing issues with your fleet. Getting the most out of your vehicles means being aware of your car. Your vehicles are one of your fleet’s top investments thus, taking proper care of them is important to managing a productive business.
You can’t know what’s wrong with your vehicle if you don’t regularly check it out. The mistake you can make as a fleet manager is thinking your vehicle is in perfect working condition only for it to break down and cost you more. It’s your job to find and fix vehicle problems before they cause you expensive repairs.
In this blog, I’ll show you 5 important things to consider when carrying out a fleet maintenance plan.
What is Fleet Maintenance?
Fleet maintenance is the process of keeping your vehicles working in good condition so that they are safe, reliable and long-lasting. As one of your fleet’s top investments, it’s important that each individual vehicle is safe, reliable and can stay on the road for the right amount of time.
Importance of Fleet Maintenance
Fleet maintenance ensures that all vehicles are working well. Its primary goal is to decrease maintenance costs, increase efficiency and minimize risk.
A well-maintained vehicle burns less fuel, breaks down less often and helps to reduce operating costs. Benefits include:
- Cost reduction
- Increased efficiency and vehicle performance
- Better driver safety
- Increased vehicle average life
- Result in a lower volume of unscheduled fleet maintenance costs
- Reduce unproductive downtime that impacts your company’s ability to provide excellent customer service
- Cut expensive and unexpected repairs
Fleet Maintenance Tips
As with anything, mistakes are bound to happen and sometimes no matter how careful you are, somethings don’t always go as planned. Poor driver training and human error can greatly affect the condition of your fleet if left unchecked.
What can you as a fleet manager do to ensure your fleet is better maintained?
Take Care of your tyres
Tyres play a key role in making your driving experience memorable. The health of your tyre can be affected by weather, quality of road and individual driving experience.
Therefore, it’s important to test the pressure of your tyre before and after each trip. With regards to your tyres, one needs to ensure that they are filled to the recommended air pressure, as well as the spare.
Make sure your vehicles are fit for their purpose
To ensure proper fleet maintenance, you need to ensure that your vehicles are fit for their purpose. Every vehicle and its purpose, therefore, your vehicle should be properly equipped for the assignment at hand.
Buying a cheap vehicle could lead to faster wear and tear and going overboard could attract an unnecessary cost. When buying a vehicle, take into consideration what it will be used for to get the best out of it.
Train your drivers
They are the ones driving the car so it’s only good you teach them how to drive. Educate them on how to drive and keep their vehicles in good condition. Doing so will mean vehicle downtime, reduction in costly repairs and accident rates.
It is important to invest in training drivers and technicians on how to conduct thorough inspections. This training should include how to identify warning signs.
Keep your vehicles clean
Your vehicle represents your brand so it’s important you keep it clean at all times. A bad vehicle ruins your brand’s image. A clean vehicle, on the other hand, makes your company look professional. It also boosts the confidence of your drivers and allows them to enjoy their work.
Failing to plan means planning to fail. We live in a fast-paced world categorized by high technology, so if you want to do better than your competitors, you need to constantly plan ahead. Where do you see yourself? A bigger fleet? More drivers? Failing to plan ahead leaves you behind.
In conclusion, preventative fleet maintenance saves you big money. A well-maintained vehicle burns less fuel, breaks down less often, and helps lower your operating cost.