Vehicle Checks' benefits in a digital Age
Regular vehicle checks are an inherent part of the daily routine of drivers. They prove to be valuable to detect any damages, such as low tyre tread or broken lights, before they become serious, reducing the unscheduled downtime. Geoffrey Bray, chairman of the Fleet Industry Advisory Group highlighted that checks should become "ingrained into a driver’s psyche so they become as ‘normal’ as filling a car or van up with fuel.”
The vehicle check process requires drivers to look at lights, fluid levels, damage to the vehicle, tyres, the livery mirrors, doors, suspension, etc. This routine takes place usually before and after a working day.
Vehicle checks have relied for a very long time on simple paper forms, however, digital has enabled fleet companies to make sure that checks are fully carried out.
For instance, Millers Vanguard's fleet uses electronic devices to ensure that checks have been made satisfactorily and damages have been quickly taken care of.
"Some fleet companies have innovated further by adopting SIM-enabled personal digital assistants on tablets or smartphones, making the vehicle check process even more efficient."
Some fleet companies have innovated further by adopting SIM-enabled personal digital assistants on tablets or smartphones, making the vehicle check process even more efficient. They provide fleet managers with real-time updates of when the checks have been carried out and what issues have been discovered.
For instance, Wakefield District Housing's fleet has benefited from these electronic devices, reporting issues from drivers to fleet managers in real-time. Liam Farrar, fleet manager at WDH pointed out that “if the driver does report they’ve got an issue, it instantly transmits an email to their team leader or line manager about it.”
Overall, fleet operators have encountered success in using electronic vehicle checks, as it saves time, enhances efficiency and ensures safety.
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