3 Things You Must Do to Ensure Proper Fleet Maintenance
Keeping your commercial fleet on the road is key to profitability and efficiency in your business.
If one of your trucks – or, heaven forbid, multiple trucks – goes down, you have to re-configure routes and loads, re-assigning drivers and making sure everything gets where it needs to be on time.
To keep your fleet on the road, taking some preventative maintenance steps is necessary for top truck condition.
Here are 3 things you must do to ensure proper fleet maintenance and better control of your fleet operations:
Schedule Routine Maintenance
Preventing a problem through routine maintenance is always less expensive and preferable to dealing with big problems – blown tires, engine breakdowns, or overheating – that happen when something goes wrong.
To stay on top of maintenance for your whole fleet, create a schedule of maintenance tasks that need to be handled and keep track of the last time maintenance was done on each vehicle. Not only does a proper routine maintenance schedule prevent expensive, possibly dangerous breakdowns, it also helps extend the lifetime of your vehicles.
Assigning the tracking and managing of preventative fleet maintenance to a key person on your team can help keep information centralized, so you can better know when your vehicles need maintenance.
Some preventative maintenance tasks your commercial fleet needs a schedule for include:
- Brake inspection
- Proper tire inflation
- Alignment and steering inspection
- Lighting and electrical inspection
Get Drivers Involved
No one knows how your trucks are doing and behaving on the road than the drivers who are behind the wheel every day.
Getting your drivers involved in some preventative maintenance and routine inspection tasks can make a big difference in the overall health and function of your commercial fleet.
Create a training program for all drivers, and a refresher course for your current drivers, on how to conduct inspections on their vehicles. Have a process in place for drivers to be able to report issues they notice and maintenance that needs done.
Some of the things your drivers should be trained and encouraged to look for include:
- Oil changes, transmission fluids, and engine fluids
- Brakes, suspension, and shocks
- Air hoses
Prepare for the Seasons
Vehicles behave differently in different weather conditions, and what keeps your drivers safe and your trucks running smoothly in the summer isn’t always going to work in the winter.
Be prepared to change your routine maintenance checks and tune-ups based on seasonal changes to keep your trucks in top running condition.
For example, summer maintaining a truck’s blow fan, air conditioner, and clutch is essential to prevent overheating in the hot sun.
Fall maintenance includes gearing up for winterization tasks such as changing out tires and stocking cold-weather supplies.
When winter hits, making sure you have fuel additives on hand and in your trucks, as well as checking that heaters work well, is important.
Spring is a great time to check how your trucks fared through the cold winter, such as looking for rust and structural wear.
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