What is fleet maintenance?
Fleet maintenance is the process of keeping all of your organization’s vehicles in good working order so that they can be used safely and effectively.
Benefits of fleet maintenance
A good fleet maintenance program will focus on preventive maintenance so that issues never occur during the use of the vehicle.
Lower costs of repairs
A fleet maintenance program also serves to lower the costs of repairs. For example, maintaining a vehicle’s engine might be expensive in the short term, but not so expensive as having to replace the entire engine (or the entire vehicle). Just like you shouldn’t neglect to change your personal car’s oil, you shouldn’t neglect your fleet either.
Lower operational costs
In addition to lower repair costs, performing preventive maintenance on your fleet can reduce operational costs. When your vehicles run at top efficiency, they use less fuel and retain their value (in case they need to be liquidated later). A well maintained vehicle will cost more than a broken-down one in almost all cases.
Better outcomes in testing and inspections
Finally, fleet maintenance produces better outcomes in vehicle testing and inspections for obvious reasons. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is responsible for regulating the safety of trucks across America. Performing regular maintenance on your fleet leaves no room for corrective action from such agencies while making your vehicles safer for your drivers.