Developing a Fleet Service Checklist
Your Fleet driver is the first line of defense for repairs.
An effective fleet service checklist should include both safety items and a preventive maintenance schedule. When you take your fleet vehicle for a routine preventive maintenance service it should include the following. Check transmission fluid, change engine oil and filter, check transmission and engine mounts, inspect hoses, belts, CV joints, drive shafts, tires, brakes, suspension system, exhaust system, interior and exterior lights, steering, horn, windshield wiper system and any auxiliary systems.
The driver is going to be your first line of defense to acknowledge any repairs or unexpected breakdowns. By being observant and knowing his vehicle could reduce the cost of expensive repairs. If your fleet vehicle does exhibit a problem you should report it immediately to your fleet manager. Here is a list of items the driver should be monitoring on his vehicle. Vehicle drivability items such as rough idle, misfire or pulling to the right or left, safety items like worn tires, bad windshield wipers, brakes making noise or steering out of alignment, does the body have any damage, windshield in good condition and the cleanliness of the vehicle. The operator should be responsible for inspecting these items on his vehicle to have a continued success on the maintenance and reliability of his vehicle. If the driver fails to keep a good maintenance schedule on his vehicle potential problems could go unnoticed creating an unsafe condition or breakdown. By training your fleet driver on the proper procedure to maintain his vehicle will reduce costly repairs to the company.