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7 Ways to Minimise Fleet Vehicle Downtime

7 Ways to Minimise Fleet Vehicle Downtime

Vehicle downtime remains one of the most challenging and costly aspects of Fleet Management. Whether it is because of an accident or breakdown, being without a piece of equipment is extremely costly to any business. Your business may not be able to complete contracts or fulfil its commitments. Gates Leasing Limited as here to assist you in minimising the costs and inconvenience. Establishing a comprehensive vehicle downtime policy with external providers is becoming the norm. Before taking this step, you might want to consider some of the following ways to reduce vehicle fleet downtime.

Regular servicing, maintenance and repair:
Servicing and maintenance is arguably the most important and effective method of minimising vehicle downtime. Accidents and breakdowns that require prolonged repairs are difficult to manage, these have been identified as the biggest unplanned disruption to vehicle availability.It is vital to have a strong relationship with a fleet maintenance provider like Gates Leasing to ensure turnaround times are kept to a minimum. Sometimes a delay at the dealers is unavoidable, but if your provider has a good understanding of your business, problems can often be avoided. Ensure you vehicle are serviced on time, every time. A regularly serviced vehicle that is maintained and repaired to a high standard is less likely to breakdown or cause problems.

Review your replacement cycle:
 Purchasing new vehicles might seem costly however the potential long-term money saving and vehicle up time make it well worth it. A new vehicle will be built using the latest technology and to high modern standards, meaning breakdowns are much less likely. What’s more, new vehicles will always come with a warranty as standard, usually a minimum of 3 years.Even if your current fleet of vehicles has served you well, regular and constant breakdowns become a distinct possibility. More maintenance will be required too, which takes up valuable time. Parts could also prove difficult to get hold of and cost more as a result.There is also a critical point where maintenance costs increase and increased cost over the reducing depreciation. Work with your leasing provider to establish the correct replacement time and mileage.

Opt for vehicles that are easier and cheaper to repair:
 Again, a lot will depend on your type of business or service, as specialised vehicles are often required in certain fields. But, the choice of vehicle can make a huge different to the cost and time of repairs.If possible focus on a major manufacturer like Ford or Vauxhall. Generally they offer cheaper servicing and have a wider dealer network. If it is a major item that needs replacing it will also be easier to find parts or replacement items.

Install speed limiters:
Business Owners don’t want to see their vehicles breaking the speed limit while out on the road, its not a good look for the company. Speeding increases the risk of an accident and puts other road users at risk. It can cause irreversible damage to the vehicle. Less than 5 per cent of fleet vehicles are fitted with a speed limiter according to manufacturers. Some fear objections from the driver, which could lead to an unhappy and frustrated workforce, other are worried about the cost.Restricting vehicles to the national speed limit will inevitably lead to fuel savings, safety improvements and fewer accidents. Jobs and journeys might take a bit longer, but downtime will be minimised.

Install Trackers:
 Not only will they improve driver behaviour but they can assist in job planning and allocation. Trackers can reduce maintenance, fuel and insurance premiums.

Mobile servicing:
 Some dealerships now operate mobile servicing which can greatly assist in reducing vehicle down time. Gates Leasing have access to mobile service vans from our dealer group.

Relief vehicles:
 Use a leasing provider that includes relief vehicles in its maintenance contracts. Gates Leasing includes relief vehicles, for specialist vehicles like Tippers, Dropsides, mini buses and refrigerated vehicles 48 hours notice will be required but planning servicing and relief vehicles will help in the reduction of down time.

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Posted on 19th April 2017 at 12:13 PM

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