Fleet maintenance is the process of keeping all your company vehicles operational. It has long been viewed as a necessary evil because of the time, labor, and money needed to do it properly, but many companies have adopted regular fleet maintenance programs because it is much lower in cost than reactive maintenance, which is when a company only deals with a vehicle when it’s already broken down.
Fleet maintenance has proven to be the best way to control costs, increase productivity, lower risk, and improve employee and customer satisfaction. The key is to make it work for your company’s bottom line, not against it.
Here are the top benefits of implementing regular fleet maintenance in your business:
Increase Fleet Productivity & Reliability
Proper maintenance keeps your vehicles on the road and working for you and your customers. Breakdowns are costly disruptions to service which can be mostly avoided through regular maintenance.
Increase Fuel Efficiency & Lower Maintenance Costs
When vehicles run at top efficiency, they use less fuel, lower the cost of repairs, and have an overall lower operational cost. Simple acts like changing oil and filters regularly will boost your miles per gallon. Tire and wheel maintenance will also help increase fuel efficiency.
Fixing things before they break is far less expensive than reactive maintenance. This extends past the regular oil change. Routine maintenance procedures are key to keeping maintenance costs down.
Increase Employee Safety & Satisfaction
Giving employees the tools they need to do their job is a key component of job satisfaction. A well-running and safe vehicle is the most important tool your driver can have. They need a vehicle they can trust to operate safely in all conditions every day.
Increase Customer Satisfaction
Not only will fleet maintenance keep your employees happy, it will also keep your customers happy. If you can’t provide prompt, reliable service due to vehicle maintenance issues, you may just lose that customer’s business.
Now that you know how having a fleet maintenance program can increase fleet productivity and reliability, increase fuel efficiency, lower maintenance costs, increase employee safety and satisfaction, as well as increase customer satisfaction, it’s time to get your plan in place!
Mid-Atlantic Waste Systems provides fleet maintenance services in each of our 8 locations in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Find the MAWS location nearest you to get started!