The company car is an essential part of your company’s operations, whether it’s used to deliver equipment or get to customers more easily. It’s even important if it’s simply an incentive for employees to choose your business over a competitor’s. But if anything goes wrong with this vehicle, this could create delays, damage the vehicle, or even hurt workers. To keep your business moving, we’ve prepared some recommendations on how to keep your company car in great condition. These tips can be used by anyone in your business with a company car, and if you all do the same thing, you should be able to keep your fleet looking good and working well.
Set Clear Expectations
The first step in keeping a car in good shape is to make sure the people who use it are doing their part. As a first step, managers should teach their staff how to drive safely and what to check for and record when it comes to maintaining their vehicle. Employees, for example, should be able to correctly record fuel economy and any engine or braking sounds that aren’t normal. It is often worth giving employees fuel saving tips and other information about how to drive in the best way to protect the car and make it more efficient for your business to provide it.
It is also important for workers to know exactly what they can and cannot bring into the business cars. If managers allow smoking in business vehicles but forbid their workers from using them for personal purposes, they will be violating federal law. Both can devalue the car’s worth and increase its mileage, which makes it more vulnerable to collisions. When you understand and implement the rules in the right way and ensure that your team understands as well, you can be sure that your company vehicles will be well looked after.
Create A Maintenance Schedule
Even though it’s important for employees to let you know if something is wrong, you shouldn’t wait for an accident to start maintenance. Make a list of the most important things to fix on your car, like the brakes, oil, tires, windshield wiper fluid, and batteries. These should be checked once a week or twice a week, and you should put dates on the company calendar for when these things need to be replaced, changed, or filled. Also, it’s important to keep track of when maintenance is done. In this way, you can keep on top of the car’s maintenance and keep it running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Keep It Clean
Even if a car isn’t being driven by a sales rep, it’s important to keep it clean to keep it in good shape. Corrosion is less likely to happen to cars that are washed often, which makes them more likely to last longer. Using a good car wax gives you all of these benefits and keeps the outside from getting scratched. Keeping the inside of a car clean also makes it safer for employees to drive, which is good for both the employees and the car.
Change The Oil
Oil is the engine’s lifeblood, and using old, dirty oil will shorten its life. Don’t use cheap oil, always follow what the manufacturer says, and never go longer than the recommended time between oil changes.
Always change the oil filter when you change the oil. Instead of using an engine flush, which can be too harsh on some engines, you could fill the engine with cheaper oil and change it again after a couple of hundred miles with good name-brand oil.
Warm It Up Every Time
When you start a car from a cold engine, you do the greatest harm. When you start the engine, the oil is cold and hence less viscous. Before it can do its job, it must first be warmed up before being circulated around the engine to lubricate the moving components.
Contrary to common belief, starting and leaving the engine idling is bad for the engine’s performance. It will take a long time to warm up a cold engine, especially if it is a diesel.
Start the engine, let it idle for 30-60 seconds to enable the oil to circulate, and then drive carefully for the first few miles until the engine reaches its usual operating temperature. This is the ideal technique. When the engine is cold, it is best to avoid excessive revving. It’s OK to drive again as soon as you see the temperature gauge change or the heater begin to pump out some warm air.