Are you in the dark with vehicle maintenance?

Keeping on top of fleet maintenance comes with a host of obvious benefits.

First, spotting mechanical problems early can prevent costly, larger issues in the future. Some small problems can be fixed with something as simple as an oil change - metal filings in the engine oil, for instance. However, if this is not spotted and fixed in time, that problem could lead to total engine failure.

Secondly, niggling problems can have an effect on efficiency. If your fleet vehicles are not running properly, this is likely to cause higher fuel consumption.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, is the effect these problems can have on fleet running costs. Damaged and badly-running vehicles will cost more in both the short and long term. If a fleet manager is operating a number of vehicles, the costs soon add up.

Unfortunately, a survey this month by the Royal Automobile Association (RAA) found that many people are in the dark when it comes to fleet maintenance, leaving them open to such damaging issues.

More than one-third of all surveyed RAA members said they have no one to turn to for advice on keeping their fleet vehicles fit and healthy, RAA Senior Manager of Mobility and Automotive Policy Mark Borlace explained.

Overwhelmed by the technical nature of their automotive assets, owners and managers alike are finding themselves underresourced for maintaining a safe and efficient fleet.

"Vehicle maintenance for people who don't understand anything about how a car works can be very daunting," Mr Borlace said.

What's more, people are worried that their mechanic is not offering them the best advice, according to the RAA senior manager.

"More than a third (39 per cent) of our members also said they've been worried they might have received incorrect advice from a mechanic," he continued.

If you feel like you are struggling to keep on top of fleet maintenance, Smartfleet has tailor-made solutions to help lift the burden. We use a network of trustworthy mechanics and our own expertise to keep your vehicles running in tip-top condition.