Why a preventative maintenance plan is crucial for your fleet

All vehicles in your fleet and under your care should have a preventative maintenance plan created. A preventative maintenance schedule – when adhered to – can do wonders for your overall vehicle costs and extend the life of your vehicle. These plans empower employees and have a number of other benefits.

The benefits

  • Proactive maintenance is cheaper

Monitoring the health of a car or truck means that you can catch any minor issues early and fix them while they are easy and inexpensive to repair. Reactive maintenance means that you only act on mechanical issues once they’ve become apparent. Often by this stage it is too late. These issues are likely to be causing an issue to other parts of the vehicle and causing more damage that will take more money and longer to fix. More time to fix means a longer downtime and less time that the vehicle can be generating revenue for your business.

Engaging a reactive maintenance schedule means that when something goes wrong, it will go really wrong; having a bigger impact on your business’ revenue and ability to operate at capacity.

  • You are covered legally

In the event of an accident, a full servicing log that makes it clear the vehicle was well-maintained and fit to be sharing the road can prevent your company from litigation and being hit with crippling bills for fines and damages.

  • Spend less on capital

A well-maintained car or truck is likely to operate smoother, for longer. By engaging a preventative maintenance plan for your fleet you extend the life of the vehicles and in turn spend less on new vehicles to replace old ones that are no longer fit for use.

What your plan should include

  1. Servicing intervals

Depending on the age and frequency of use for a vehicle, the time between maintenance check-ups will differ. Once the proper servicing interval for the vehicle is determined it should be closely adhered to.

  1. Task checklist

All vehicles are different and have different needs when it comes to checking that everything is in working order and safe to use. Each vehicle’s preventative maintenance plan should have a unique checklist of tasks that must be completed at each service.

  1. Formalised communication channels

Within the written preventative maintenance plan the process for drivers to report an issue that they notice in a vehicle should be clearly outlines and put into practice.

Driver communication is key. Drivers know the vehicle they drive better than anyone. When drivers report an issue it should be listened to and acted upon. Drivers should be taught to conduct manual checks for vehicle safety, drivability and body to ensure that all vehicles are operating safely.

The written plan should create a proper protocol that holds operators accountable for these checks.

Getting the plan right

No two vehicles are the same and this is particularly true for heavy duty vehicles like trucks. The people putting together these preventative maintenance plans should be experts that know your vehicle type and can provide the best information after each service.

World Diesel are the heavy duty vehicle experts that believe preventative maintenance is the number 1 priority for businesses that rely on their fleet to operate. If you are interested in having your vehicle serviced or a preventative maintenance care plan created for one or all of your vehicles, we are the people to talk to.

Contact us today here or call us on 08 9331 4066 for more information about preventative maintenance plans and how they can improve your business procedures.

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