Avoiding the Disservice of Service Downtimes

Vehicle repair and maintenance is a natural part of your fleet’s lifecycle but it has been historically inconvenient for a variety of reasons. During repair times fleet managers often stress about financial losses through vehicle downtime and the cost of vehicle rentals during that downtime, along with towing costs from older vehicles and repair costs.

While maintenance costs should remain an important part of your fleet budget, those additional costs from vehicle downtime are no longer an added necessity. In an expert column for Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine, Don Woods—director of customer information services for ARI— shared how technology makes it easy to reduce service downtime on your fleet through planning and preventative measures.

GPS technology has led to a breakthrough called geo-fencing, which allows you to monitor a vehicle’s every move, including when that vehicle entered the repair shop and when repairs were completed. That means vehicles are no longer idling at a repair shop and can be back on the road turning a profit sooner.

Of course, repair times can be cut down with proper preventative maintenance procedure. In that regard, Woods says that working with Big Data can help you break out of the one-size-fits-all model of maintenance scheduling, leading to better-running vehicles in the long-run.

It is also important, to have a clear understanding of when to cut an older vehicle out of the fleet, as a buildup of issues that comes with older vehicles can cut costs just as much as poor repair scheduling. Woods notes that monitoring Big Data can help you develop a vehicle replacement cycle that will take the guesswork out of aging vehicles, which is echoed in our free whitepaper on issue prevention through Big Data.