Running a vehicle is complicated enough when you have just one. You can easily forget upkeep tasks, like checking your tyre pressures or topping up your screen wash. When you have a fleet driven by staff, who may not see daily checks as their job, it’s easy for things to be overlooked.

If a vehicle is not “fit for the purpose”, you may find yourself in hot water. You’ll also be losing a small fortune over the whole fleet if you’re not taking all preventative measures. After all that faff, it’s surprisingly pretty simple to do.

Daily Checks

  • Tyres – Check for cuts and bulges and ensure they are not flat before setting off.
  • Wipers – Make sure your wipers work so your vision is not impaired during any adverse weather.
  • Lights – Ensure your lights are working so your visibility is great as the winter months approach.

Weekly Checks

  • Tyre Pressure – Check your tyre pressure before setting off while the tyres are cold. Correct pressure helps to distribute weight so the car is stable, resulting in better handling, cornering, and stopping.
  • Fluids – Brake fluid, engine oil, coolant, and the rest – keep them topped up!

Monthly checks

  • Seat Belts and Safety Equipment – The last thing anyone wants is a crash – but it’s better to be prepared for the worst.
  • Grab Handles and any adaptations.

Annual Checks

We recommend a fleet audit every year and to carry this out on your behalf, along with the pre-sale/return checks. We can manage every aspect of this for you. Either onsite or delegating to the operator via our online defect and condition tracking and reporting. Get in touch here.

Not sure how to carry out these checks?

Not to worry, we’ve written a blog explaining how to carry out each of these checks, why you should, how often you should, and the benefits of sticking to the checks.

How to do Vehicle Checks - Mercia Fleet Management, Staffordshire