PM Strategies Poised to Evolve as Pandemic Shifts Key Milestones

For many organizations, fleet is often among the biggest line items in your business’ budget, making it the subject of virtually endless scrutiny. In a typical year, there are a myriad of factors that influence your fleet’s operating costs, but when you add to that mix the uncertainty of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, it’s easy to see how even the slightest disruption in one area can quickly create a ripple effect that’s felt across your entire business.

Each year, Automotive Fleet provides an in-depth special feature that examines emerging operating costs trends, and as you can imagine, this year’s analysis highlighted the profound, wide-ranging impact that the pandemic had on virtually all aspects of fleet operations. In the series of articles, ARI’s Chris Foster offered his perspective on a variety of key maintenance trends including how the pandemic influenced tire costs and how disrupted preventive maintenance (PM) strategies will likely impact fleets for several years to come.

Of particular note, Chris explains that most PM strategies have shifted significantly since miles driven and time intervals, the two primary building blocks of most PM practices, have been fundamentally altered during the pandemic.

Chris also highlights how potential changes to your fleet’s operating parameters – a reduced number of vehicles in your fleet, units remaining in service longer than anticipated, etc. – will influence your maintenance strategy as we head into 2021 and beyond.

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