The 5 most common vehicle defects

Fleet maintenance can be a real struggle. We can often take for granted just how incredible a feat of engineering the motor vehicle actually is, and how many parts are required for it to actually operate. This also means that the amount of these parts subject to faults are quite high.

For a fleet manager busy maintaining the safe and smooth running of a business, vehicle faults can come at the worst time.

One way to manage the cost this can have on business continuity, safety and expense is with a managed fleet maintenance service. It also helps to be able to identify the main faults in a fleet vehicle.

The Royal Automobile Association (RAA) recently looked into the most common vehicle defects in South Australia and found that some recurring issues were causing problems for owners.

The research found that more than 21,000 light vehicles suffered some sort of defect in the Festival State over the past 12 months. These included:

  • Lights (9,246 recorded defects)
  • Tyres (9,218)
  • Other issues such as windows, door locks, seatbelts, etc. (5,332)
  • Oil or fuel leak (1,784)
  • Suspension (1,458)

Many of these faults not only cause a concern for road safety and the security of employed drivers, but also run a high risk of breaching road laws and receiving fines.

Multiple defects

RAA Senior Manager Mobility and Automotive Policy Mark Borlace said that out of 21,433 vehicles they recorded with defects, more than 33,000 of them had multiple issues.

There are a number of things a fleet operator can do to ensure their vehicles are road worthy. Mr Borlace suggested regularly checking tyres can prevent an accident and comply with road laws.

"Check your tyres by kneeling down to see the tread area - you should have a tread depth of at least 1.5mm and if you don't have a tread checker, a match head is a good substitute. Don't forget to check the spare."

To learn how fleet maintenance can be streamlined for cost and safety efficiency, contact Smartfleet online or by calling 1300 218 841.

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