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.