By Mary Motzko | August 4th, 2020 | | 0 Comments

Fleet operations strive to keep their vehicles on the road and out of the shop, preventing downtime. Implementing a successful preventative maintenance program and conducting regular driver inspections can help keep your assets on the road longer.

Take a look at how both of these vehicle inspections can work together to identify and repair issues early before assets need major repairs.

Technicians can identify vehicle issues during routine services: Technicians perform vehicle inspections during scheduled preventative maintenance services. This can include checking the exterior of the vehicle and the components under the hood. They also check heating and cooling systems, the lights, dashboard controls and fluid levels. These routine inspections allow technicians to identify any issues that may have been previously undetected and repair them before the problem gets worse.

Technicians can find problems drivers might not be able to identify: Drivers are not trained mechanics, and therefore might not be able to identify all issues with a vehicle. While drivers focus on inspecting safety features, drivability items, defects to the body of the vehicle and various other systems, they might not notice an odd sound or a malfunctioning component. Instead, these items can be discovered by technicians during PM services.

Drivers can identify issues between PM services: While technicians inspect vehicles during set PM intervals, drivers examine the assets regularly during and after their routes. Performing these daily inspections can allow the driver to identify an issue early, document it on the vehicle inspection report and alert the shop. This can let the technicians repair the vehicle quickly while the issue is still minor instead of waiting for the next preventative maintenance service.

To learn how RTA's eDVIR, RTA Inspect can help your drivers complete vehicle inspection reports efficiently, contact our Sales team.