Effective Preventative Maintenance

The Key to Weathering Supply Constraints

It goes without saying that a comprehensive preventative maintenance (PM) strategy is vital to ensuring a healthy, productive fleet. This is a bedrock principle for virtually every fleet operator. However, given the current market uncertainty and lingering supply constraints the industry continues to navigate, PM programs are subject to increased scrutiny with vehicles poised to remain on the road much longer than originally anticipated.

Recently, ARI’s Ed Powell spoke with Autosphere to discuss why a holistic preventative maintenance plan that accounts for variables throughout a vehicle’s entire lifecycle – buy, drive, service, and sell – will be key to optimizing efficiency and controlling costs during these unprecedented supply chain disruptions. In the article, Ed notes that fleet operators who adhere to a consistent PM schedule are likely better positioned to overcome current supply constraints.

“The clients who have invested the right amount of time and effort into preventive maintenance compliance, and the consistency with which they’re receiving PM services, they’re going to be able to weather this a little bit more.”

Ed goes on to explain that driver behavior is an important piece of the PM equation as well, but it is often overlooked. He points to telematics as the most effective way to understand what’s truly happening behind the wheel and how that behavior influences the health of your vehicles. Ed also examines the impact vehicle maintenance has on fuel efficiency.

“There is a significant delta between fuel economy and vehicles that are well maintained, versus vehicles that are not well maintained – whether it’s maintaining tire pressures, adequate oil change services, and so forth. That can make a big impact on fuel economy and overall vehicle life expectancy.”

Finally, with the entire industry likely facing significant supply constraints for the foreseeable future, Ed stresses, there’s still time to adjust your PM strategy to optimize the health and efficiency of your fleet.

“It’s never too late to start making PM a priority. If you’re in the position of having to extend lifecycles on assets to a level you typically wouldn’t, PM on those vehicles becomes even more critical to ensure that they’re safe, and that you’re minimizing the risk of failure as much as possible.”

To read the entire article, please visit Autosphere.ca. To learn more about more effectively managing the continuous lifecycle of your vehicles, be sure to watch this series of videos and don’t forget to subscribe to the Morning Brake newsletter to have the latest supply chain news delivered right to your inbox.