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A Conversation On Preventive Maintenance

Let’s dive into something every business with a fleet of vehicles should be talking about: Preventive Maintenance.

Picture this: You’re running a company with vehicles – trucks, vans, you name it. Now, think of these vehicles like athletes. Just like athletes need regular training and health checks to stay in top form, your vehicles need preventive maintenance. Cool analogy, right?

You: So, what exactly is preventive maintenance?

It’s all about being proactive. Instead of waiting for something to break down, you regularly check and fix small things in your vehicles to keep them in optimal condition.

You: Why is it so important, though?

Imagine one of your trucks breaks down unexpectedly. That’s a missed delivery, unhappy customers, and a dent in your budget for emergency repairs. With preventive maintenance, you reduce these sudden breakdowns, extend your vehicles’ life, and keep them safe on the road, reducing accidents caused by mechanical failures. Plus, it’s usually cheaper than fixing big problems.

You: How do I implement this?

Start by following the original equipment manufacturer’s service schedule for each vehicle. Some companies do it earlier than what the OEM advises, let’s say your OEM suggests maintenance every 7,500 miles, but they do it every 5,000 miles. This proactive approach, even when parts like brakes still have some usable life, is intended to minimize unexpected breakdowns. Do regular vehicle inspections – check the brakes, tires, engine, and all the important stuff. And if you find anything off, don't wait; fix it pronto!

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You: What about things like oil changes?

Absolutely! Regularly changing the oil and other fluids is like keeping the vehicles hydrated and nourished. And don't forget the tires – keeping them in good shape is essential for safety and efficiency.

You: Seems like a lot to keep track of.

It can be, but here’s a pro tip: use maintenance management software. It's like having a personal assistant to remind you of maintenance schedules and keep records of everything you’ve done.

You: Awesome! Anything else I should know?

Just remember, preventive maintenance is a game changer. It keeps your fleet running smoothly, saves money in the long run, and most importantly, keeps everyone using those vehicles safe. Think of it as an investment in your company’s health!

You: That’s really helpful. Thanks for breaking it down like that!

Anytime! Remember, taking good care of your vehicles means they take good care of your business. Keep those wheels rolling smoothly!