If your business operates a fleet that carries out deliveries, manages the logistics of your supply, or even carries out heavy machinery work in work sites or more rural environments, then it’s important to realise just how much the success of your business depends on your ability to rely on them. However, vehicles are just physical assets that can be compromised by all manner of disasters. Are you doing enough to keep them in good working order?
The risks of the road
One of the most probable causes of delays and missed shipments is that your vehicles could end up getting into trouble on the road. The best way to handle fleet accidents is to do your best to prevent them. Frequent defensive driving courses and using GPS devices to track driving habits over time so you know which ones to crack down on can help ensure that both your drivers and fleet management team are diligent and aware enough of the risks to keep a close eye on them.
Getting them up and running again
Aside from accidents and collisions on the road, there is also the risk of a stoppage due to the breakdown. These can happen for a variety of reasons, such as fuel issues that could be solved by contamination fuel boxes and some malfunctions that could be restored with the help of an emergency repair kit. However, in order to make sure that you covered in all instances and able to get back on the road as soon as possible, you should consider working with a commercial breakdown cover service.
The real risk of theft
Commercial vehicles tend to be a common target of theft for a number of reasons, often due to the value of the components and tools that are often attached to or stored inside them. There are a host of things you can do to maintain car security, such as storing them in secure, well lit, and regularly monitored areas. However, anti-theft devices that can track vehicles and alert you (or the authorities) in the event of theft can help you respond to such a threat as soon as it happens.
Dilapidation and decay
Disasters don’t have to be as dramatic as an accident or theft. They are often just as much caused by a lack of proper maintenance as anything else. Make sure that you are partnered with a garage that helps you follow the maintenance schedule for each vehicle. You can also invest in preventative maintenance lessons for your drivers, helping them take on the responsibility of ensuring that their vehicle is working as effectively as it should. From problems as minor as rust to as major as forgetting to replace brake pads, it can all add up to pretty expensive annual repair bills.
If you’re not ready to take care of your business equipment such as your vehicles in the long-term, then you should consider hiring them instead. It might cost more, but you can at least then enjoy the benefits of having someone else keep them in good order for you.