Preventive Maintenance | The Best Offense is a Good Defense

Benefits of a Planned Preventive Maintenance Program

With football season upon us, you may soon be yelling at your TV from the couch while enjoying all the necessities- hot wings, cold beverages and jubilant, post-touchdown high fives. You’ll find yourself arguing with your friends about your favorite team’s offensive and defensive lines. Does a better offense or defense ultimately win the game?

It’s impossible for your team’s defensive line to predict every offensive play from their opponent, just like how it’s impossible to predict when exactly your vehicles are going to breakdown or get into an accident. Unforeseen maintenance issues can be a major drain on your time, money, and resources, which is why preventive maintenance (PM) is so important to keeping your fleet off the bench and in the game.

When dealing with preventive maintenance, the best offense is a good defense. Attacking issues in advance is better than reacting to a failure. Knowing what’s coming and taking care of it before it becomes a larger and more expensive problem is key, for it can extend the life of your vehicle, save money, and reduce downtime.

Here are three ways investing in preventive maintenance can be a win for your fleet:

1. Reduce the risk of breakdowns or accidents or other safety issues that may pop up over time
2. Increase the up-time and usefulness of your fleet vehicles
3. Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your staff which can optimize labor hours

Wouldn’t you rather prepare for what’s coming than have to make changes and react on the fly to an unexpected scenario or expense? Sure, that weird noise coming from your vehicle’s engine might seem minor now, but it could turn into a much larger problem if it goes un-maintained for a stretch of time. The work is going to have to be done one way or another – it’s always better to take care of it while it’s in its most manageable state as opposed to when it’s on the verge of being out of control. A small investment upfront can save you a lot of money in the long run. Furthermore, it helps keep the most important players―your drivers―safe and on-task.

A little bit of planning goes a long way in regards to minimizing the worrisome scenarios that keep you up at night. The less time you devote to worrying about your vehicles, the more time you can devote to rooting for your favorite team.

An effective preventive maintenance schedule is only as strong as your fleet management software system. Learn more about AssetWorks FleetFocus here:


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