Fleet managers need their fleet of trucks to operate reliably for productive and efficient transport services. If one of your trucks breaks down unexpectantly, that downtime can impact your company’s bottom line.
The most effective fleet maintenance is preventative. Your drivers should play an active role by performing pre and post-trip inspections. It would be best if you also committed to regular fleet maintenance service to avoid major issues and expensive fleet repairs. Here are some fleet maintenance tips for your trucks:
Check the Exterior
Drivers should conduct an exterior inspection before and after every trip. Your driver or fleet manager should walk around the truck and give it a visual inspection, looking for signs of damage. Anything that looks even partially damaged should be replaced before it malfunctions or falls off on the road.
Remember that how your trucks look on the road can reflect your business. If the trucks are damaged, rusting, and dirty, it will negatively impact your brand. More than that, detaching exterior components can be a significant safety hazard. If they come loose while driving, it could cause an accident.
Do Regular Tire Inspections
Tires are one of the leading causes of emergency roadside breakdowns. Fleet managers and drivers need to check tires before and after every trip. Ensure to inflate tires to the manufacturer’s specifications for the best performance. Look for signs of wear or uneven wear, which can indicate other issues with the truck.
Checking tires is the quickest and most straightforward aspect of regular fleet maintenance. If your tires don’t have the proper pressure, it could harm fuel economy or premature wear. The tires need to be in good shape to handle better, grip the road, and provide a smoother and safer ride.
Check the Oil
Checking oil levels regularly may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes this task is still neglected. If the oil is low, it could cause overheating and other serious engine problems. Checking and topping up the oil until your next service can save you major fleet repairs and costly downtime for one of the trucks. Checking the oil and committing to regular oil and oil filter changes is one of the easiest things you can do to maintain your fleet.
Make Sure the Lights Work
Exterior lights are vital to road safety and visibility for your fleet drivers and other vehicles on the road. All lights, including brake and signal lights, should be inspected before and after every trip. Without being correctly illuminated, that truck increases its chance of getting into an accident.
Schedule Fleet Maintenance Regularly
Motorplex has shops in Auburn and Spokane, WA. Our team of heavy-duty and diesel engine mechanics can ensure your trucks are in top condition. Scheduling regular fleet maintenance will minimize significant fleet repairs, improve efficiency, reduce vehicle downtime, and keep those trucks running smoothly and safely.
Need professional fleet maintenance? Then Motorplex is here to help. Contact us now to book an appointment in Auburn, WA or Spokane, WA!
Call us to set up a schedule for your truck fleet maintenance!
• Spokane: 509-571-9002
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