One of the most overlooked and under used features in our Perigee GPS fleet tracking application is the maintenance planning tool. Any steps one can take to extend the life of company vehicles will go a long way in reducing repair and replacement expenses related to poor maintenance planning and, in the end, help the “bottom-line”. A recent survey citing several government agencies in “The Truckers Report” discovered that general truck maintenance costs, including tire replacement, can reach as high as $0.15/mile. A commercial truck that travels just 100,000 miles per year may see maintenance costs reach $15,000.00 in just 12 months.
Using the Perigee Maintenance Planner allows a manager to receive accurate miles traveled or engine hours of operation sent from our SmartAntenna tracking device (installed in the vehicle) to their desktop. This takes the onus off of the driver to record and report mileage distances and helps to ensure that adequate notification, through early warning alerts, may be sent to a mechanic automatically – so that the truck may be serviced in timely manner.
In addition, fault codes triggered though the engine computer module, can also be sent to the desktop, via an alert or report – so that a manager can make informed and timely decisions about servicing a vehicle with potential or existing problems.
Increasing vehicle life is one of the most important aspects of an effective vehicle maintenance plan. Using the maintenance tools we provide at Reltima, by way of the Perigee GPS fleet management system, can substantially extend the life of your trucks and ensure that you never miss on oil change, tire rotation, or any other service that should be performed on a regular basis.
Here’s the link to the Truckers Report on maintenance – http://www.thetruckersreport.com/infographics/cost-of-trucking/