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4 New Strategies for Reducing Downtime
Posted on 11/08/2013 by AKilgore | 0 Comments
Vehicle downtime—it’s a business’s worst nightmare. From employees not being able to work and delayed job progress to unhappy customers and lost revenue, you can see why a vehicle that’s out of service can be a problem.
But it doesn’t have to be. With new strategies emerging, fleets can tackle the problem of downtime and keep their vehicles on the road longer. Let’s take a look at the top 4:
1. Promote employee accountability: It’s important that employees perform pre-and post-trip inspections and keep up with routine maintenance. The more employees care for the vehicles they drive, the less likely they are to face the problem of downtime.
2. Select the right vehicle for the job: One sure way to put a vehicle out of service is overloading it, which is why it’s important to choose the right vehicle for the right job. Let’s say your vehicle’s payload is 14,000 pounds but you overload it with 16,000 pounds worth of equipment .What would be the result? Excessive breakdowns and downtime due to a number of repairs, including engine, transmission, brakes, tires and springs.
3. Take a proactive approach to vehicle maintenance: While selecting the proper vehicle prevents vehicle breakdowns, so does performing regular maintenance. But maintenance puts your vehicles out of service, and again you’re faced with the problem of downtime. Now what? Preventive maintenance is a must in order to keep your vehicles healthy and your drivers safe. To help reduce downtime, figure out when maintenance is due and have your vehicles serviced all at once.
4. Know when the wheels fall off: When it comes to reducing downtime, sometimes you just have to know when to say goodbye. So, when does it make sense financially to turn in a vehicle before repairs become excessive and a necessity? The higher mileage and age of the vehicle, the more likely it is to break down. Additionally, repair time tends to increase with older vehicles, keeping them off the road longer. If a vehicle is out of service more than it’s in service, it’s probably time to trade it in.