Queensland motorists failing to regularly service their vehicles

The RACQ has urged motorists not to put off regularly servicing their vehicles, in news that serves as a timely reminder of the value of frequent and organised fleet maintenance.

In a statement issued January 23, RACQ executive manager of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said that many Queenslanders make the mistake of putting off car maintenance due to financial concerns.

"Many Queenslanders avoid servicing their cars regularly because they're either financially strapped or time poor, but the reality is that vehicles need to be maintained according to the vehicle manual to ensure they operate in optimal condition," said Mr Spalding.

"Failure to regularly service your car at scheduled intervals can result in costly repair bills and you end up spending a lot more than you think you're saving by avoiding it."

One of the best ways for organisations to ensure that they are regularly servicing fleet vehicles is by investing in intelligent fleet management software, which can keep a comprehensive record of all servicing that has been undertaken on company cars.

According to the RACQ, just 52 per cent of motorists in Queensland claim to service their cars at six or 12 months intervals, while 31.2 per cent only service their cars once every 12 to 18 months.

Of most concern will be findings that indicate 2.2 per cent of Queensland motorists regularly wait for more than two years before taking their cars in for a service, while 1.5 per cent never service their cars at all.

With software for fleet management, regular reminders can be sent out to ensure that vehicles are being kept to a timely servicing schedule and being maintained to the manufacturer's specifications.

This can save your organisation significantly in maintenance expenses in the long run, by ensuring that any potential problems are spotted and corrected before they snowball into more serious mechanical failures.