Regular fleet maintenance leads to more efficient operations

Equipment maintenance software can help fleet owners achieve full organization of even the smallest aspects of the vehicle management process. Running a transportation business often requires a sharp attention to detail. While drivers and managers are frequently preoccupied with larger issues such as fuel conservation, safety and meeting shipping deadlines, simple procedures such as routine upkeep can have a substantial impact on the overall efficiency of any operation.

Saving money with periodic mechanical procedures
Taking shortcuts in regard to vehicle maintenance can create unanticipated problems in the near future. For example, Jim Park wrote in the online publication Truckinginfo about the often overlooked importance of balancing trailer wheels on heavy-duty trucks and its relation to other major fleet issues. Any driver traveling long distances runs the risk of acquiring mud or other particles that throw off the balance of tires.

"The driver likely wouldn't notice the vibration with air-ride everything nowadays," Park wrote. "But make no mistake, that out-of-balance condition is destroying the tires as well as the suspension bushings, the shocks, and more, as well as impinging on fuel economy."

In other words, failing to properly address this basic issue can lead to an unnecessary increase in overhead costs. Running a vehicle that hasn't experienced proper maintenance also enhances risks to driver safety. When fleet management companies are responsible for making a large number of deliveries on time, minimizing the dangers of daily operations is essential to long-term success.

Streamlining the fleet management process
With the right maintenance software program, fleet managers can eliminate many of the difficulties associated with the complex task of performing upkeep on a large number of heavy-duty vehicles. Municipalities and private companies both have the opportunity to save money by streamlining many of these tasks. For instance, the Modesto Bee, a newspaper published in Modesto, Calif., recently reported that the local city government has been looking for ways to reduce the $5.2 million fleet operating budget. As a result, the city council has considered consolidating the maintenance process under one roof, rather than having each department be responsible for its own vehicles. The potential savings from this decision would amount to $500,000 each year.

Fleet owners can further maximize the savings associated with vehicle upkeep by investing in advanced equipment maintenance software. With automated technology, managers can easily address important issues such as tire balance and any other mechanical elements that impact overall efficiency.