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How to Maintain Fleet Vehicles: A Quick Guide for Fleet Managers

Updated: Sep 9, 2022

Maintain Fleet Vehicles

With so many new technologies available, fleet vehicle maintenance is undergoing a paradigm shift, with predictive maintenance being the preferred alternative. In this article, we will discuss predictive maintenance, the role of custom software in such maintenance, and how emerging technologies might help.

Fleet vehicle maintenance is the process of managing diagnostics, servicing, and repairs regularly to keep your vehicle in peak condition for safe and long-term use. With a well-designed fleet management checklist and bespoke software in place, you'll be able to save money on fuel and maintenance while also complying with local, state, and federal laws; eliminating mechanical issues; and increasing driver and customer satisfaction.

While a fleet maintenance manager's job is critical, it is not always easy. As technology advancements and becomes more sophisticated, so do the expertise and parts required to maintain modern fleet cars. This becomes more complicated and costly. In the present era, managing and carrying out an effective fleet maintenance program might be tough due to a dearth of trained mechanics and technicians.

To Cover Your Assets: Fleet Insurance

Buying or renewing commercial car insurance can be a stressful experience. When it comes to choosing and/or updating a policy, there are several aspects to consider—at least if you want to earn the highest premium possible. The type of fleet, number of cars in your fleet, number of drivers, and driving history, among other considerations, all play a role in setting your premium. You must also examine your state's regulations as well as any unique coverage your fleet may require.

Know When to Let Go: Vehicle Retirement

The choice to replace a fleet vehicle is rarely taken lightly and, in the worst-case scenario, it is made for you. Even though replacing a vehicle is a difficult decision, there are occasions when it is best to do so. Using statistics to determine the ideal time to replace a car can help you maximise your ROI.

Efficiently fuel your fleet.

Fuel is one of the most expensive fleet expenses and one of the most difficult to track. Fuel cards can make refuelling easier by tracking pertinent information such as odometer reading, number of gallons, cost per unit, driver ID, and more. Another significant advantage of using fuel cards is that connecting your fuel card to your fleet management software will provide you with more detailed data on your fuel spending patterns, allowing you to determine whether you need to make adjustments or correct issues that may be negatively affecting your business.

Never Miss Routine Maintenance with Service Reminders

Let's face it: fleet operations can get stressful. Important action items can easily fall through the cracks for fleet managers who still use outmoded methods to track work. This is where service reminders come in. You can use fleet management software to automate service reminders for preventative maintenance, inspection failures, diagnostic issue code warnings, and other tasks.

Fleet maintenance has a lot of advantages that make the cost well worth it. The goal of fleet maintenance is to keep vehicles safe to drive. Vehicles require regular maintenance checks and care to ensure that they run smoothly, safely, and efficiently.

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