Owning a business comes with a great deal of responsibility. As a business owner you are responsible for every aspect of your business, including your fleet. As a transportation company, you know that your fleet is the very heart of your business. Make certain you understand the consequences of poor fleet maintenance and what you need to do.

Cost of Poor Fleet Maintenance

Whether you use your fleet of trucks to deliver goods for customers or to perform a service, such as street sweeping, you likely have a contract. The terms of your contract outline what the customer expects of you, particularly when it comes to time deadlines. If you fail to keep your fleet's maintenance needs up to par, you could miss these deadlines. For example, say you were contracted to a deliver a load of merchandise on Monday, but due to poor maintenance, the truck broke down.

As a result, you weren't able to deliver the load until Wednesday. Failing to adhere to your contractual agreement can hurt you in the form of fulfillment penalties. These penalties generally come in monetary form. You might be required to pay back a portion of the funds you were paid by the customer or you might be required to offer future services at a reduced cost. Either way, your company is missing out on earnings. Poor maintenance won't just cost you money, but it can also stain the reputation of your company. This comes along with lasting and significant financial implications.

What You Need To Do

Your main priority should be establishing a schedule for fleet maintenance. Don't wait until you have a mechanical issue to seek repairs. Have your fleet of trucks serviced when they are working just fine. Regular oil changes, proper tire inflation and brake inspections are a great place to start. These three areas serve as the foundation of keeping your fleet in good shape.

Given the frequency at which you operate, it's important that you are having your trucks checked more frequently than you would your personal vehicle. To keep your fleet in good condition, make it a point to have your trucks serviced around once every three months. Every six months, have the engine and transmission in each truck inspected.

Remember, as a transportation-based company, the overall success of your business hinges on the functionality of your fleet. Make certain you are doing your part to keep your fleet fully operational.