Three signs that show your fleet vehicle may be in need of service

Ensuring that all company vehicles are in optimal driving condition should be a primary concern for any fleet manager determined to maximise fleet efficiency and driver safety as well.

While an intelligent fleet management program can help ensure your organisation keeps to a strict fleet maintenance schedule, it is also worthwhile looking out for a few basic signs of wear and tear..

After all, unexpected problems can arise even in the most carefully looked after vehicles due to the rigours of everyday driving, hazards in the road, or poor driver behaviour.

That's why you may want to encourage your drivers to watch for these three basic indicators, each of which can show that it may be time for additional servicing or maintenance. 

Clunks, ticks and other weird noises

Often the first indication that something may be wrong with an engine is strange or unfamiliar noises, such as clunking, ticking or squealing.

While the occasional strange sound is no reason to get alarmed, it is important to take fleet vehicles in for urgent maintenance if the sound is persistent or grows more severe.

Fluids needing frequent top ups

It is natural for essential engine fluids such as oil and coolant to burn off over time and therefore need topping up every now and then.

However fluids running down excessively quickly can often be a sign that there is a leak or other such problem in the engine, and this is something that should be corrected as urgently as possible.

Strange odours

Like unusual sounds, strange odours can often occur naturally in an engine. However if this is a problem that is happening frequently then it may be a sign that something is not quite right.

A burning smell can often indicate that parts of the engine are damaged or that there is not enough oil in the engine, and is usually an indication that maintenance is required.

Remember that cars can emit highly toxic gasses such as carbon monoxide if not running correctly, so remind your drivers of this simple rule: "When in doubt, get it checked out."