When you work in the trucking or hauling industry, you are typically on a strict schedule, so there is nothing worse than to have your day come to sudden stop because of a dead battery or a blown tire. Any type of unnecessary breakdown can have a significant and expensive impact on the overall production of your fleet, especially if a truck must be taken out of commission to undergo extensive repairs. One of the most important things you can do to prevent unwanted breakdowns is to have a preventative maintenance schedule and stick to it.
Creating a Preventative Maintenance Schedule
One of the easiest ways to get started creating a schedule is to use the owner’s manuals for your fleet. The owner’s manuals will have information regarding how often maintenance should be done for:
- Vehicle inspections
- Replacing or repairing worn parts
- Replacing or topping fluids
- Replacing windshield wipers
- Checking battery levels
- Tire inflation
- Checking the brake pads
In addition to inspecting these areas, it is also important to have routine maintenance for the fuel system, electrical system, engine and transmission and the exhaust system.
Importance of a Clean Fleet
It is essential that you keep your fleet clean and in top condition in order to increase their lifespan. Keep in mind that when vehicles are dirty it makes it difficult to spot the problem. When your fleet is left untreated, the dirt and dust from daily use can wear down and ruin the surface of the vehicles and cleaning will protect against sun damage and road salt.
Your drivers are the first line of defense when it comes to maintaining your fleet. They are more likely to notice even small subtle differences when it comes to vehicle performance, so encourage drivers to report any required repairs and issues with performance immediately.