Spring has been trying to take hold for some time now and things need to get done. If you have a home or a vacation spot it means taking time to go over the place carefully and see what the winter put the place through. Time for cleaning out the garbage of winter, checking to see what is still usable for this coming spring and summer. basically how much is spring gonna cost in time and money to get things right for the rest of the seasons. We all have our planting and cultivating projects waiting as well as planned paint and repairs around the house. Not to mention the back yard clean up for the BB’q season.
If you live in the New England States it could be more serious than that for some with all the roof collapses and so forth. But you also have the vehicles to think about. How many will need replacement , or repair due to accidents and weather abuse? As a fleet manager your business now is the time for fleet evaluation. What will get through the summer or what is just still worth keeping? Because of this winter will we have to increase amount of vehicles to be replace? Will cost for spring conditioning be higher due to this winter?
Oh yes if these things have not been thought of then your fleet is in trouble. You may have some big financial budget gaps. Find your company short vehicles because you did not plan ahead or last yeas cost and this years predictions are way off. It will be even worse for the smaller companies. Maybe you suffered no real ills on the surface, but if you want to keep rolling now is the time to take stock.
So you ask what do you mean, well here is what is recommended be done by the numbers. A least as far as I can see. But if you have more suggestions please add them.
- Thorough washing of all vehicles including the undercarriage. After which a detailed inspection.
- Oil change, radiator service make sure fluid is good even if no change recommended,
- Steam clean engine and transmission and rear end Napier of washing and reinspect.
- Service or over haul as needed engines and tranny’s as well as rear ends and transfer cases to boot should you have 4×4’s in the fleet or awd’s
- This winter was a little tougher than some in the past few years want to make sure the 4×4’s & awd’s are still strong and are free of damage or salt erosion and so on.
- Check out lights and wiring for water and cracks don’t need any electrical isssue.
- Go over driver ability tires wear and tear alignment balancing rotations all nessecary.
- Every filter on the vehicle should be check at least or just changed.
Seems tedious and a lot to do but it is worth a lot of money saved and down time not lost if you didn’t do anything. A few hours or one day lost checking and servicing and deciding what stays or go vs. days lost to fix or replace. Think of your budgeting and better it could be spent upgrading and taking care of the real things that drive profits and promote better working conditions for all. These little things create employee loyalty and respect of the equipment and a better attitude as well.
Don’t forget to listen to those who actually use the equipment when upgrading and replacing as well. Can make people happier and might just improve efficiency in the proscesss. Maybe even save money as well.