Preventive Maintenance is Essential—Especially for Fleet Vehicles
By ALLDATA Staff
Everyone who owns a vehicle knows preventive maintenance is important to maintain safe, efficient operation and ensure a long vehicle “life.” And that goes double—or more—for fleet vehicles. Any vehicle that has multiple drivers, encounters extreme weather conditions or is consistently used in stop-and-go driving could be considered “heavy duty” in terms of usage, like fleet vehicles…and preventive maintenance is essential to keep those vehicles running smoothly.
Patrick M. Bartole, automotive fleet manager for New Jersey City University, writes that an aggressive preventive maintenance program has many benefits, including promoting vehicle reliability, maximizing vehicle uptime, lowering operating costs and ensuring safety. He offers best practices for establishing and enacting a fleet preventive maintenance program, including developing a list of tasks; determining the frequency of those tasks; involving vehicle operators in inspections; ensuring trained professionals perform maintenance; and keeping schedules and records of maintenance for each vehicle.
There are a wealth of specific details and recommendations in the article. Used along with ALLDATA Repair, it should make it easy for a fleet manager or anyone who regularly works on fleet vehicles to establish a preventive maintenance program—and keep those vehicles in top shape.