No matter how well you drive and how cautious you are on the roads, being optimally safe begins with proper vehicle maintenance. A vast majority of drivers, however, forget about scheduling their next maintenance appointment, or it just simply gets pushed down the priority list – until a dash warning light goes off.
Businesses that own or operate commercial vehicles must think about properly maintaining their entire fleet while also being proactive with driver safety. GPS fleet management technology can help businesses do much more than track vehicles on map. One of the central and useful functions is scheduling maintenance reminders and checking vehicle health in real-time. Automating these processes removes some of the uncertainties that fleet managers face on a daily basis.
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The below items include just some of the many areas of maintenance that must be regularly inspected:
Brakes, Tires, and the Windshield
Starting with your tires, keeping them properly inflated and rotated year-round, in addition to inspecting your brakes, is hugely important as potential accidents and liabilities can be mitigated. Similarly, check for windshield cracks, and getting them fixed on time can help stop the spread of the crack. The proper functioning of windshield wipers must also be explored.
In certain climates, ensuring vehicle batteries are charged can save lives. With GPS fleet management technology, a vehicle “heartbeat” is checked for periodically. Should a problem arise, the fleet manager will be alerted immediately.
Replacing the vehicles air filter at the manufacturers specified intervals can help improve performance and maintain optimum fuel mileage. Inspecting suspension components will ensure proper performance when braking, steering and cruising.
Ensuring fluids are topped up and oil filters changed will not only help the vehicle run better and longer, but also it can be a good way to spot potential problems before they become major issues or roadside breakdowns.
Once a fleet vehicle has completed its service life, a properly maintained vehicle will always have a higher resale value than one thats been neglected. Some of these simple tasks over the life of any vehicle can save lives, time, headaches and money. Let us know what some of your vehicle maintenance tips are, and how GPS fleet management technology has helped you!
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