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Having a fleet of truck is considered to be one of the best ways to build a business; however, in order to make the most of your fleet trucks, you need to make sure that you know how to take care of each unit. Here are some tips that you might want to keep in mind.

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Fuel Spend

One of the major expenses when it comes to the maintenance of fleet trucks is fuel. If not managed well, fuel can eat up a chunk of your budget. This is the reason why most truck fleet companies employ a number of fuel reduction expense strategies. That being the case, you should consider getting the services of an onsite fuel service provider. As the name implies, on site fueling allows your trucks to get the fuel that they need without having to run back to your base.

Another option would be to look into changing trucks. The market today offers a number of truck models that can help consume less fuel without compromising dependability. Along with this, of course, you need to make sure that the drivers you employ have the right mindset for the job. For one, you must train your drivers to decrease their idling time in order to save as much as 19% on fuel consumption.

Regular PMS

As cliché as it may sound, making sure that you regularly maintain your trucks can ensure its life. Studies have shown that, without preventive maintenance, vehicles, including trucks, tend to have shorter lifespan. You have to keep in mind that PMS also increases the possibility that your driver does not get injured, nor injures anybody else, while performing his work. This is because a vehicle that has not been scheduled for PMS might already have damaged internal parts.

Now, preventive maintenance can be in two forms – proactive preventive maintenance and reactive preventive maintenance. The former is scheduled while the latter is not. As the name implies, a reactive preventive maintenance is the result of not having a proactive maintenance schedule in place. It comes as a result of breakdown in parts as well as in the performance of the truck.

In order to have a proactive PMS in place, you would first need to have a list of all PM tasks that you need to do on a regular basis. After that, you need to figure out how often should each task be done. Make sure you also have a way for your drivers to note down any observations that they might have about their assigned truck.

Sources:

(Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management, worktruckonline.com)

(How to Implement a Fleet Preventive Maintenance Program, government-fleet.com)

Posted on Dec 14, 2015

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