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Why regularly servicing your fleet vehicle is vital

Predictive maintenance of fleet vehicles has become more essential as cost-saving measures with a focus on overhead expenses become more and more critical, with emphasis on the bottom line. Servicing your fleet vehicle on a regular basis as well as having predictive technology built in with each vehicle will be a critical step in keeping your organisation competitive with the leading industry. 

Technology, such as built-in telematics, help a manager to analyse and further predict maintenance needs, rather than having to wait for a problem to arise and fix it then.  Troubleshooting needs with a telematics system can help enable a manager to have pre-warning to issues that are brewing while keeping vehicles out on the road and running with full productivity.  When we combine routine maintenance with the technology available in predictive maintenance, businesses see a positive impact on the bottom line. 

Let’s take a closer look at regular servicing of fleet vehicles and how this is vital to every business operating vehicle logistics.  The good news is there are simple steps for a business to take to help keep performance at its highest when it comes to fleet vehicles.

Tune Ups and Oil Changes

One of the easiest ways to help keep a business vehicle on the road longer is by scheduling routine tune-ups and engine performance checks, alongside regular oil changes, normally on a quarterly basis.  Combining these two preventative maintenance items into your fleet schedule will help to keep healthy running engines, good overall performance and fuel economy, and increased longevity of emission system components. 

Tyres

Tyre punctures and deflation are one of the top causes of business vehicle breakdowns.  By creating a standard procedure in preventative maintenance with a focus on tyres, the ability to keep business vehicles on the road consistently will be greater improved. The first step to maintaining tyres on a fleet is to ensure proper inflation, as under-inflation can cause increased wear and tear, plus a higher probability for a puncture on the roadway. Checking tyre inflation can be a simple task conducted daily by your drivers and will help to increase safety and effectiveness on a long-term basis. 

In addition to daily tyre inspections by a driver, scheduling regular alignment checks and tyre rotations on a quarterly basis will further ensure that your fleet performs on the road as intended, with a much greater increase on safety for your valued drivers and brand perception that could be tarnished by accidents on the roadways. 

Bi-annual or Seasonal Maintenance

In addition to quarterly, and even daily checks, there are multiple bi-annual or seasonal checks that will help to ensure your business fleet is staying productive and safe. Replacing a fuel filter at every 25 – 30,000 km will maintain best results for vehicle performance. Additionally planned servicing for fleet vehicles should include brake inspections, as well as an annual battery inspection, planned before any major issues become a dangerous priority. 

With UK motorists spending a collective of £21.1 billion per year on servicing and repair, the regular servicing of your fleet vehicle is vital in helping to diminish the likelihood of larger breakdowns that can become more costly.  Similar to how you should visit the doctor at least once a year as a preventative measure against disease and larger diagnosis, the same idea should be maintained in servicing your vehicle fleet.  Get the regular “check-up” scheduled and help avoid the heart attack that impacts the bottom line of the business.

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