When it comes to fleet vehicles, minor mechanical issues can quickly turn into expensive problems that bring your operations to a grinding halt. That is why you and your drivers should spend a little bit of time inspecting those vehicles at the start of each day.
The brakes are one of the most important safety features on a vehicle, and that is just one of the reasons why they should be thoroughly inspected as often as possible. The easiest way to check the brakes is to take a look at the pads to see if there is a good amount of material left. You should also ask your drivers if they have noticed any unusual issues such as screeching noises or unpleasant smells when they brake.
Most lights and lamps are fairly easy to replace, and you might want to keep a few extra bulbs in every vehicle. Before you buy any bulbs, you should make sure that they were specifically created for your commercial vehicles. If you purchased your vehicles from Scania, then each van or truck should be outfitted with a spare Scania left hand headlamp, right headlamp, brake light, and running light. You also need to put a few extra fuses in each vehicle so that those can easily be replaced as well.
Checking the tires should be fairly simple as long as you have a flashlight and pressure gauge. Every vehicle is slightly different, and you will need to read the owner’s manual to see what the tire pressure should be. After you have checked the pressure in each tire, you will then need to visually inspect them for any signs of damage such as bulges in the sidewalls, discoloration, worn tread, cracks, or debris embedded in the rubber.
The final step in this process is double-checking all of the connections between the trailers and cabs. Those connections should be checked multiple times before any of your vehicles head out for the day, and you might want to create a checklist for each of your drivers. In addition to testing the brake lights and turn signals, your team must also take a look at all of the wiring to see if the connections seem burnt or damaged in any other way.
Even if you have been working on cars and trucks for years, you should still take your fleet vehicles to a certified and insured mechanic for most maintenance tasks and repairs. That includes changing the oil, replacing the fluids, rotating the tires, and replacing damaged belts.