Maintaining your business vehicles is one of the mundane tasks. It is quite easy to forget about your car, truck, or bus and let its condition deteriorate. However, it does not have to be that way.
There are some things that you can do to keep up with your vehicle upkeep by simply taking the time to remember to do them on a regular basis. Here are some tips on how you can maintain your vehicle without feeling too much pressure or pressure from guilt for not doing it yourself.
1- Keep track of everything
Know what parts are needed for each service process you perform every month so that you don’t come with anything extra in the supply drawer or cupboard at the beginning of each month. This will make sure that you do not have any extra trips into town or any unnecessary trips. Have a handly list available of stockists for bigger items such as bus tyres, so that when you need them, you can get them quickly and without too much hassle.
2- Keep to a regular service schedule
Regular service simplifies and reduces costs for your business and increases business productivity. The most effective way to maintain a regular service schedule is to track maintenance demands and costs. Follow recommended service intervals and use the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule as a guide.
3- Keep it clean
Keeping a vehicle clean is essential for preserving your company vehicle, even if it is not being driven by a sales rep. Cars with routinely washed exteriors are less prone to succumb to rust, allowing them to last for a longer period of time on the road. All of these advantages are provided by using high-quality car wax, which also helps to prevent scratches on the exterior. Maintaining the cleanliness of a vehicle’s interior also contributes to a safer driving environment for personnel, which benefits both them and the vehicle.
4. Set clear expectations
The first step in maintaining a well-maintained car is the person who drives it. First and foremost, managers should instruct their staff in safe driving techniques as well as what to check for and document in terms of vehicle maintenance and repair work. For example, personnel should be aware of how to properly document fuel consumption, as well as any strange noises emanating from the engine or brakes, before driving.
As a result, employees should be informed of the restrictions on what they may and cannot bring into the business car. For example, managers must determine whether they will allow employees to smoke in business vehicles or whether they will allow them to drive the vehicles for personal reasons. Both can cause the value of the vehicle to decline as well as accumulate additional miles on it, making it more vulnerable to accidents.
It does not matter whether the company car is used to transport equipment or clients; it is a vital cog in the wheel of your company’s activities. If something happens to this cog, it can cause delays, property damage, and, in the worst-case scenario, employee injury.