Basic Vehicle Maintenance can save you money in the long run
Company drivers are putting petrol into diesel cars, which can cost up to 6,000 to repair, and plugging so many electronic gadgets into their cars that their vehicles' batteries run flat.
Such common mistakes, which according to the RAC mean fleet vehicles are off the road for 11,757 days annually, could be avoided if drivers conducted simple maintenance checks and undertook driver training.
The RAC estimates that over 40,000 fleet breakdown call outs could be avoided this way.
The company's analysis of fleet vehicle breakdowns revealed that 17 out of the top 20 reasons for breakdowns are beacuse drivers fail to carry out simple actions.
The top call out is for punctures, although this has more to do with health and safety policies than poor driver education. It is now part of most organisations health and safety policy that punctures should only be repaired by a breakdown callout service.
Modern devices are a drain on our batteries
The most common avoidable call out is for flat batteries. With modern gadgets on the increase more and more devices are draining our vehicles batteries. Mobile Phones, Sat Nav systems, music players and even PCs all drain our car batteries which are not bottomless pits!
Car batteries are designed for a high discharge of power when the vehicle starts, not for constant, steady drainage.
Misfuleing continue to cost us a fortune
Fleet drivers are continuing to mis-fuel their cars in massive numbers.
Diesel contamination now makes up almost a quarter of the top 20 driver-induced faults.
If a vehicle is misfuelled, the car should not be unlocked and the key should not be put in the ignition. The reason being? It can cost between 3,000 and 6,000 to repair and engine following the introduction of the incorrect fuel into the engines systems.
As well as education regarding their vehicles, fleet managers must continue to ensure their drivers improve their road skills.
In the U.K. the RAC have revealed that fleet drivers are twice as likely to be involved in a collision as an average motorist.
If fleet drivers adhered to road rules, took adequate breaks to avoid tiredness or considered undergoing training to improve driving skills, the number of fleet call outs to a collision could be reduced by as much as 50%.