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Managing Your Company's Vehicle Fleet

For companies that have more than a few vehicles in their fleet, managing all of the needs of these cars and trucks can be a logistical nightmare. As your business grows, these problems will worsen if you are not taking a proactive approach to manage your vehicle fleet.

Identify Problem Vehicles

Over time, your vehicles will suffer extensive wear. This can lead to some of the vehicles becoming more prone to experiencing serious performance problems. These vehicles can quickly amount to a major portion of your maintenance and repair expenses. Replacing vehicles that are needing excessive repairs can help you to be more efficient with this part of your company's budget. Keeping thorough records of the repair history for all of your vehicles will make it easier to spot when vehicles have started to require excessive repairs to keep them operational and safe.  

Prepare All Your Fleet Vehicles For Seasonal Changes

Seasonal weather changes can dramatically impact the needs of your vehicles. One of the most serious will be protecting the engine against freezing. Additionally, the tires of the vehicles will need to have additional air added to them. Depending on the area, you may also need to ensure that the vehicles are equipped with tire chains as these can be necessary if the vehicle encounters particularly poor road conditions. Having a seasonal checklist for your fleet will help to meet these needs for all of your vehicles.

Use The Same Fleet Provider For All Of Your Vehicles

When meeting the maintenance and repair needs for their vehicles, business owners will often choose the cheapest or otherwise most convenient repair provider. Unfortunately, this can make it more difficult for them to provide effective service and repairs as they will lack a thorough understanding of the vehicle's history. When you use the same repair and service provider, they will be able to review the complete service history of the vehicle, which can help with diagnosing recurring problems that may arise.

Make It Easy For Drivers To Report Problems With Their Vehicles

When a vehicle first starts to suffer problems, it can be possible to greatly minimize the costs of repairs by having the issues addressed promptly. One way to help drivers with reporting these problems will be to have a designated member of management that is responsible for taking these reports and promptly having repairs scheduled. This will ensure that there is little confusion when it comes to reporting problems and the steps that need to be taken.

If all of these steps are too much for you to handle, it may be time to invest in a fleet management company. They can free up your time so you can focus on other aspects of running your business.