Distribution is the lifeblood of any national business. For many businesses, this distribution of goods must be conducted via a fleet of semi-trucks. If this is the case for your business, you have a big responsibility. These trucks are extremely expensive pieces of equipment. If you want to protect your investment for as long as possible, you’re going to need to make sure maintenance and repairs are conducted on a routine schedule. Here are certain things you must keep in mind in this regard.
Tire Pressure Should Be Checked Constantly
Tire pressure is extremely important for any vehicle. However, it’s especially important for a semi-truck. A tire blowout could be disastrous and lead to a catastrophe. Beyond avoiding accidents, incorrect tire pressure also harms gas mileage and can put extra wear and tear on the vehicle. As such, your drivers should be testing tire pressure very frequently.
Interior and Exterior Lights Must Be Routinely Checked
Something else that should be inspected on a routine basis are the interior and exterior lights of the truck. If lights don’t operate correctly during a long drive across the country, very bad things can happen. Before setting out, all lights should be checked. They should then be replaced with the exact bulbs needed. You may, for example, need a Scania left hand headlamp. Make sure these are available for quick replacement.
Implement Fleet Management Software
Flee management can be time consuming. If not performed efficiently, it can certainly eat up a lot of time and resources. Businesses that manage a fleet of trucks should invest in fleet management software. This software was designed to help business owners manage their fleets more efficiently. It can also transform performing maintenance into a more automated process that can be digitally tracked.
Make Cleaning a Priority
Beyond more obvious maintenance tasks, general cleaning of the trucks’ exteriors and interiors should be mandated. This cleaning will help to preserve the fleet and prevent some of the deterioration that can happen due to the lack of cleaning. Beyond that, your trucks also help to represent your brand. Dirty trucks can certainly send the wrong messages to consumers and business partners. Have pride in your fleet.
Managing a fleet of trucks is a huge responsibility. It’s a big investment, and those trucks help create income for your company. Take this responsibility seriously. Train employees and use the right tools to ensure that your fleet is properly maintained and well taken care of.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.