A broken down truck not only costs money to repair but can delay shipments. If you want to maximize the longevity of your fleet and if you want to reduce the amount of time that your fleet spends at the side of the road, you will want to avoid these fleet maintenance mistakes.
Not Having a Plan in Place
You will need help when keeping your fleet well-maintained. For instance, you will need your drivers to keep track of any issues that they may notice or any damage that the fleet might sustain while on a trip. Your drivers will know your fleet better than you will and can detect when something is off.
You must also have standards in place regarding how often your fleet must be serviced. For instance, you will need a set schedule for how often your fleet will receive oil changes, tune-ups, and how often their tires will be inspected for tread wear. Because fleets tend to be utilized much more often than a personal vehicle, keeping up with service intervals is crucial.
Businesses tend to prioritize those things that need to be fixed soon. However, you will save more money in the long-run if you prioritize the preventative maintenance that is much less expensive than an engine replacement.
Not Measuring Data
The larger your fleet, the more crucial it is to measure performance. You will need to know how many breakdowns you are experiencing and how often you need to repair certain components. This can help you determine whether you are using your fleet to its maximum potential and whether you always have the right parts available.
To properly measure data, you will need your drivers to make meticulous reports that you can record on a spreadsheet or in a fleet maintenance software program. Otherwise, you may discover that your drivers are not properly interpreting error codes and are not taking the appropriate measures.
Not Using Fleet Maintenance Software
Trying to keep track of your entire fleet and remembering maintenance schedules can be very challenging without a fleet maintenance management software program. With the right tools, you will receive reminders no matter where you go.
Not Seing Your Fleet as an Asset
Your fleet is not simply a tool. It is an extension of your business. Your fleet will be what your customers and business partners associate with your business. When the fleet appears poorly maintained or when your fleet is often breaking down, this can reflect poorly on your business.
Also, not properly maintaining your fleet may lead to fines. When your fleet is not safe, and your drivers cause accidents or other disruptions, this can lead to fines and very bad PR. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) demands that all carriers have a program in which they systematically inspect, repair and maintain their fleets.
Not Extending Your Warranty
You can extend warranties as far as 50,000 miles. Having an extended warranty can reduce the degree to which you will need a maintenance program. If you replace your vehicles before your warranty expires, you may be able to avoid the hassle of repairing and replacing parts.
Not Having a Fleet Maintenance Company to Help You
Even if you have an extended warranty, your fleet can always break down. Even new vehicles break down thanks to new tech. Some newer tech features can zap your truck battery and force you to replace it sooner or may leave a truck without a charge.
Trucks break even when taking the proper maintenance precautions. For this reason, you should give us a call at Anything On-Site Repair LLC. We will show up to perform repairs no matter what the problem.