Maximise your vehicle uptime as the cost of labour and mechanical parts are increasing.
According to Riante Naidoo, a journalist of the Times Media Group; there are six steps required to maximise on the longevity of each vehicle. The steps are as follows:
1. Set up a preventive program
According to a study done in 2013, vehicles that are part of a Preventative Maintenance (PM) program have around 20% fewer ‘down days’. A proper PM program consists of the identification of goals, simplified schedules, solving challenges and proper maintenance planning of each vehicle. Globaltrack’s tracking solution offers a maintenance solution that can assist in scheduling maintenance for each truck.
2. Hold your drivers accountable
Drivers play a critical part in keeping vehicles in a good operating condition. It is important that drivers know how to properly operate trucks and are given maintenance responsibilities when operating the trucks. With Globaltrack you get great driver behaviour reports that can cover various aspects such as driver identification, driver violations reports, harsh breaking and harsh acceleration to name a few.
3. Take advantage of improved products and material
Higher-quality and longer-life tires, brakes and fluids can be expensive but can lead to reduced downtime and overall reduce the cost of maintenance.
4. Tailor downtime to each vehicle’s requirements
Scheduling maintenance and repairs during non-operating hours or, with a flexible service provider can reduce the impact of maintenance on vehicles.
Globaltrack’s preventative maintenance report can assist you with the following:
• A reduction in vehicle breakdowns through assistance in observing servicing and tyre replacement schedules.
• Planning tool for “workshop related downtime”.
• Convenient automated reminders, for anytime or distance based vehicle maintenance tasks.
5. Do your research before choosing a vehicle
Choose vehicles based on the fleet’s requirements such as durability, function, availability and cost. Consider well known vehicle brands that have a solid brand reputation in offering customers’ reliable and cost efficient transport and technical advances, built into each truck.
6. Evaluate when it is time to replace your vehicle
It is important to get the most value out of each vehicle and to get rid of vehicles that have become a liability.
In closing, think of Globaltrack as your trusted partner in offering you fleet management solutions that allows you to measure the performance of your drivers and trucks.