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4 Steps to Reduce Vehicle Downtime

June 25, 2021

Reducing vehicle downtime is a critical issue for fleet managers. Inconvenient breakdowns and delays impacting the customer are detrimental to business. Overloading a vehicle and lack of use of vehicles and vehicle equipment can have noticeable impacts across the fleet. Investing in technology is also important in order to track preventive maintenance, collect data track the timely completion of work.

Similarly, implementing better maintenance strategies can be a game changer. Strictly adhering to manufacturers recommendations, balancing in-house and outsourced maintenance, and scheduling maintenance for natural lulls in business are just a few best practices to consider.

Lastly, drivers training is important so that the vehicles can be driven in a manner that maximizes efficiency.  People behave the way they are paid and the way they are watched.  Driving policy coupled with telematics and real management involvement when incidents occur will positive impact driving behavior and reduce downtime and cost.

  • The average cost of downtime per vehicle can range from $448 to $760 a day
  • Frequent causes of downtime include: vehicle damage, emergency road services, recalls, and expired tags/registration
  • Additional incurred downtime costs can include: towing, loss in productivity, fees/fines paid for missed deliveries, or delays in services and products

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