Operating a business is an overwhelming task at times, and with so many things to focus on, it’s easy to overlook fleet maintenance. Don’t make this mistake. Failure to properly maintain your fleet of trucks introduces some unplanned costs, and not just in terms of financial obligations. Learn what a commitment to fleet maintenance can offer your business in both the short term and long term.
Control Operating Costs
Your initial purchase, fuel, maintenance and insurance coverage are just some of the costs associated with commercial truck ownership. The more vehicles in your fleet, the higher you can expect these expenses to soar. Fleet maintenance offers an excellent opportunity to control these operating costs. Fleet maintenance programs typically include establishing a maintenance schedule.
Service technicians take into account the type of truck, normal operational habits, environmental elements and other factors to develop a preventive maintenance program that allows you to get on the front side of major repairs and malfunctions.
Filter changes, suspension checks and wheel alignments are just some of the preventive services that minimize engine, transmission and tire damage. From vehicle replacement to repairs, preventive maintenance keeps operating costs under control.
Whether you operate a fleet of delivery trucks or service trucks, your profits are only protected when your fleet is in motion. Unplanned downtime due to a lack of maintenance not only limits production but also affects employee morale, comes with the potential for loss contracts and may even lead to overtime expenses if it puts your team in a time crunch. Fleet maintenance can minimize unplanned downtime.
Regular oil changes, for example, will improve the efficiency and lifespan of an engine. Failure to schedule regular oil changes will only increase the likelihood of engine failure. In terms of time, performing an oil change comes along with a shorter commitment than an engine replacement. Preventive maintenance minimizes major repairs that leave your trucks inoperable for an extended period.
Promote a Professional Reputation
For any business, brand reputation is critical. It doesn’t matter how great your products or services are; if customers don’t have confidence in you, they will stay away. Failure to keep fleet maintenance a priority can hurt your professional reputation. And more importantly, once your reputation is damaged, it is hard, if not impossible, to rebuild it.
For example, if a customer is in need of emergency repairs and your truck breaks down en route to their home, it is safe to say that they won’t be happy. And in the future, should a similar need arise, they probably won’t pick up the phone to call you. Fleet maintenance keeps your trucks in motion and protects your professional reputation.
Fleet Maintenance Tips
With so many obligations, it can be a challenge to stay on top of maintenance, but here are some tips that can help with this process:
- Partner with a single repair shop that can assist you with keeping track of your repair schedule.
- Invest in GPS systems that monitor mileage to help stay on top of mileage-based maintenance needs.
- Train team members on safe driving practices that help minimize excessive wear and tear on the vehicles.
- Task a single employee with keeping track of fleet maintenance needs, instead of multiple people to keep things more organized.
Following these practices will help make your fleet maintenance efforts more effective and efficient.
Godfrey Brake Service & Supply is happy to partner with you for your fleet service needs. From part replacement to repairs, technicians are always standing by to keep your fleet in motion and keep you moving forward towards your business goals.