How to prevent rust taking ahold of your fleet

Spring is the perfect time to check that your fleet is free from rust and other dangerous problems that may affect company vehicles.

Rust can make vehicles unsafe to drive but regular fleet maintenance should help prevent any issues.

When you perform maintenance checks, make sure you are checking the following areas as any excess water can encourage the spread of rust.

Check the undercarriage

The bottom of vehicles in your fleet could be prone to rust as they are exposed to sand, salt and other road grime which can build up and encourage the orange to spread.

Corrosion is often caused by exposure to salt, sand and dirt, this can lead to rust build up which can be dangerous to drivers on the road.

Check small spaces

Certain nooks and crannies in company cars may be missed when they are cleaned, but it is important to maintain these areas as water may be trapped there.

Check areas such as the passenger footwell and the bottom of all doors as these places can rust quickly.

Check the radiator

An incorrect level of water in your radiator can result in rust,  so make sure water levels are not too high.

If there is not enough water, however, the engine can overheat and the driver may have to call for roadside assistance.

Check drain holes

Ensure obstructions from these holes are removed as blocked drains can cause car doors to rust.

If these tricky holes are difficult to clean, try using a pipe cleaner.

Check exposed steel

While car manufacturers have adopted many procedures that reduce the likelihood of rust in cars, any accidents that leave exposed sheet metal can still become corroded.

This includes any paint chips as well as the car's body, so makes sure your fleet services include regular cleaning which will go a long way to prevent rust.