Your vehicles are important company assets that allow you to get work done and meet customer needs. So keeping them in top shape is critical. When your vehicles operate at peak performance standards, they also help you manage the safety of your workers. So to run a safe, effective workforce, vehicle maintenance isn’t an option, but a necessity.
Five Tips For Vehicle Maintenance
Vehicles that are well cared for are safer for your workers to operate, plus they last longer—saving you on the cost of replacements. To help your employees help you, consider the following four maintenance tips:
- Clearly Define Drivers’ Responsibilities. Whether it’s checking tire pressure before each use or reporting operational issues when they occur, it’s important to outline the responsibilities of the driver. You may even wish to institute a checklist each driver has to sign off on every time they operate a vehicle to ensure all checks and maintenance are being completed regularly.
- Review Proper Use of Vehicles With Your Staff. Improper or excessive use of a vehicle adds unplanned wear and tear and can increase the need for regularly scheduled maintenance. Be sure all staff understands how to operate vehicles involved in their job and the proper use of that vehicle.
- Educate Employees on the Importance of Maintenance. Your vehicles help your company get work done safely, but they also represent your company—so functioning well and looking good are both important. Regular seminars on maintenance and safety are key for all your drivers and vehicle operators. If they understand the reason behind your maintenance rules, it provides a good reason to follow them.
- Communicate Your Concern For the Well–Being of Your Staff. The bottom line is keeping your employees safe. When they understand that vehicle maintenance is ultimately driven by your concern for their safety, it’s an incentive to keep up with the service schedule. When employees know you care, it adds to their adherence to company standards and rules.
Set a Schedule and Stick to it
Safety is not optional, and a maintenance schedule is a critical part of any driver’s job. Set a service schedule and stick to it. When employees skip or ignore maintenance requirements, you may need to take disciplinary action. It’s never acceptable to put safety at risk.
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