Are you keeping on top of regular fleet maintenance?

If you're a fleet manager in charge of a sizeable pool of cars, it can prove difficult to keep tabs on the roadworthiness of each vehicle at all times.

But no matter how many vehicles your organisation employs, it's important to regularly check each of them for hidden defects, says the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ).

The RACQ released a statement late last month that demonstrates just why performing regular fleet maintenance is so crucial. According to the motoring body, around 60 per cent of the vehicles they inspect are defective - 350 of the 600 vehicles reviewed as part of recent safety certificate inspections failed to pass at the first attempt.

"It's the responsibility of all motorists to ensure their car is safe and roadworthy every time they get behind the wheel," RACQ Technical Researcher Russell Manning said in a December 18 statement.

One look at the top five safety defects recorded by the RACQ is all that is needed to see that problems can arise practically anywhere in a vehicle. These include cracked or broken lights, engine oil leaks, worn steering and suspension, defective tyres and brake issues.

Mr Manning went on to say that in addition to regular servicing, individual drivers need to take steps to look out for problems as well.

"If your car isn't roadworthy you don't only risk a fine, but there are serious safety concerns as well," he said.

"What's required is a combination of regular inspections by owners and regular servicing of the vehicle."

That's where a fleet management program can come in handy. By letting an outsourced fleet services provider look after your vehicles, you can ensure you stay on top of each vehicle's servicing requirements while making sure any work carried out is compliant with the specifications of the particular vehicle.