Managing a fleet of vehicles is a tough job. You have to maintain all the vehicles on a limited budget in order to keep them and the business running. As tempting as it may be to save a buck, you should never ignore manufacturer-recommended maintenance or services for the sake of the bottom line. In fact, the truth about fleet maintenance and money is the opposite. Staying on top of maintenance and service schedules will actually save you money in the long run.
Fleet Maintenance Helps Prevent Breakdowns
Any vehicle, whether it is part of a fleet or not, is more likely to break down if it hasn’t been properly maintained. Any breakdown or repair is going to cost you more than maintenance appointments. Oil changes, tire rotations, tune-ups, and transmission service are all things that maintain the integrity of a vehicle and when that vehicle is used as much as a fleet vehicle these services are even more important.
Increases Vehicle & Driver Safety
Breaking down on the road isn’t the only thing that will put you in harm’s way. There are several parts of a vehicle that will your drivers in danger if they fail because they haven’t been properly maintained. This is particularly true of tires and breaks. What happens when your truck blows a tire and careens into a driver in the other lane or when its brakes fail and it is unable to stop before colliding with the vehicle in front of it. If your fleet vehicle is an accident due to unsafe practices, you could be looking at higher insurance rates and even a lawsuit.
Improves Your Bottom Line
That’s right, we said it before and we are going to say it again, fleet maintenance boosts your bottom line. Not only does it save you money in repairs and potential accident costs, but it will affect the day to day of your business. Think about it. Your business relies on your fleet’s ability to deliver the goods or services you promise to your customers. If even one of those vehicles is out for repairs, you will experience a delay which will slow your process down.
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