How to protect your fleet this summer

The holiday season is the busiest time of year for most businesses, with a surge in customer activity likely to coincide with heavier reliance on your fleet.

Every Australian fleet manager is aware of the havoc that the blistering summer heat can wreak on cars, so what are some of the most important things to keep an eye on?

Beware of overheating

The Australian summer heat is unforgiving at best, so make sure you and your staff know how to prevent vehicle overheating.

Make sure the vehicles' coolant levels are topped up to where they should be, and have a thorough look over the entire cooling system to ensure the hoses, fuses and other components are intact.

It's also a good idea to carry around a bottle of coolant in case a car does overheat - most solutions are premixed so you don't have to worry about getting the formula right yourself.

Check tyre pressure

Tyre pressure should be a regular part of your fleet maintenance, but it's especially important to double check as summer approaches.

The hot weather will cause the air in the tyre to expand, increasing both its pressure and the chances of blowing out on the road. Measure each vehicle's tyres regularly to ensure they're not over or under inflated.

Check the battery

Along with the cooling system, the battery is one of most at-risk parts of a car during summer.

The excessive heat can cause myriad problems in the chemicals and electrical components of the battery, leading to problems such overcharging, leaks and evaporation.

Keep the battery clean and free of corrosion and make sure all the components are in working order.

Maintain your air conditioning

Your drivers are likely to depend a lot on air conditioning to keep them going, so give your vehicles' air conditioning units a thorough assessment in time for summer.

Leaks in the air conditioning system can be a driver's worst nightmare in the summer heat, so make sure it's regularly topped up with refrigerant.