Fleet managers know that keeping company vehicles and drivers safe should always be their top priority. Those who are new to the field can read on to find a few tips for fleet management and fleet maintenance that can help them accomplish this goal.
Follow a Preventative Maintenance Plan
Adequately maintained vehicles are far less likely to wind up experiencing unexpected breakdowns leading to unscheduled downtime. Most mechanics suggest, at the very least, taking all fleet vehicles in for oil changes, tire rotations, and general safety checks according to a set maintenance schedule. Doing so also helps to ensure any potential problems are caught early before they wind up placing drivers and their vehicles at risk on the road.
Check Tire Pressure Regularly
It’s not uncommon for tire pressure to be checked only during routine maintenance visits, but taking this approach is a mistake. Instead, check tire pressure regularly to avoid fuel inefficiency, uneven tire wear, and poor handling.
Monitor DEF Levels
Diesel exhaust fluid levels must be kept at adequate levels to prevent unnecessary delays since all SCR vehicles are designed to stop running when levels get too low. Check the DEF levels periodically, replenish them as needed with a high-quality fluid solution, and be sure to change the filters every 200,000 miles or 6,500 operating hours.
Provide Adequate Driver Training
Drivers themselves should be performing cursory checks of their vehicles before taking them out for work. They are often responsible for filling up DEF fluid and fuel as well, so it’s important to ensure that all drivers have received adequate training on how to do so properly. All drivers should also be made aware of the company’s policies regarding what to do should a vehicle require repairs or become involved in an accident.
Choose a Fleet Maintenance Provider
Choosing a mechanic who will provide maintenance and address any problems that might come up over the course of operation can save time when a vehicle does need repairs. This helps to minimize downtime and optimize productivity. Plus, having the same mechanic provide ongoing services allows these professionals to keep track of vehicle condition throughout its lifespan.