If you are the owner of a company that uses a fleet of vehicles for deliveries or other activities, you know that you are going to have to keep that fleet well-maintained in order to get your money's worth. It is going to be far cheaper for you to make sure that the vehicles in your fleet do not break down than it will be for you to fix them or to replace them. Here are some tips for making sure that your fleet is managed and maintained effectively.
1. Automate Record Keeping
You will need to keep meticulous notes about when each vehicle was last maintained, when the oil was changed last, and other information that will keep your cars both healthy and fully registered. You are probably already keeping records now in a notebook that you store in your car's glove compartment or manually entered into a spreadsheet. Look into automatic logging solutions for your fleet. These are solutions that will allow the computers in the car to detect what actions are being taken and update the logs automatically so that you don't have to worry that someone is going to input something incorrectly or be too lazy to input anything at all. This will help make your records more accurate and complete.
2. Use Data to Set Your Schedule
Use the record keeping above to gather data about your fleet. For example, you should try to track how many miles each vehicle drives per day, per week, and per month in order to see if there are any trends. Do this for a few months while keeping up with your previous maintenance tasks. Then, analyze the data. You should be able to get each of your vehicles serviced based on how quickly they go up in the number of miles that have been driven. You should also compare the number of miles that have been driven to how many problems you have with the vehicle in order to determine if you need to do maintenance more regularly in order to prevent those breakdowns.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in fleet maintenance. They will be able to assist you in looking at the data you collect about the number of miles driven for each vehicle compared to the number of times each vehicle breaks down in order to help you find the perfect maintenance schedule for your fleet.Share
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