Your approach to fleet has likely changed in the last year, and that could include extending the lifecycle of your vehicles in operation. But if stretching your vehicles’ lifecycle is an absolute necessity, be sure you’re taking a proactive approach to repairs and maintenance to ensure today’s budget constraints don’t cost you even more in the long run.
The best way to control costs in vehicles that are unexpectedly being asked to do more is to build a dedicated maintenance plan around your own vehicle data.
As vehicles age, their parts need more attention. It’s never fun to go through the motions, but establishing and adhering to a consistent maintenance schedule is the best way to avoid breakdowns, roadside repairs, and the cost of temporary vehicle rentals. You can use your own operating data, built off the telematics tools already in your vehicles, to revise and monitor every part of your maintenance, including:
- Tire health
- Fuel and oil
- Battery health
- Transmission deterioration
These are all necessary components that can be easily overlooked but if ignored for too long, will drive costs higher, and increase the risk of larger, catastrophic failure. Use your own vehicle and operating data to build an easy maintenance schedule into your fleet lifecycle. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3
If doing more with less is the norm in your business, making the most of your fleet is a necessity. But with a fresh approach to preventative maintenance, it doesn’t have to put your fleet team out of commission.
Your driver data can also be a valuable tool when extending the life of your vehicles. You can study driver behavior to improve on fleet health, leading to safer drivers and happier vehicles down the road.
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