Vehicle Preventative Maintenance Wash your Unit Properly Inside and Out Road Safety requires not only driver fitness but vehicle fitness. A well maintained vehicle not only speaks volumes about the owner, but will protect the owner on the road. Importance of effective maintenance • Effective and proper maintenance will provide many benefits to the vehicle owner, including: • Saving fuel and money – mechanical systems of the vehicle will affect fuel efficiency • Reducing long-term maintenance costs • Minimize harmful exhaust emissions and protect the environment • Increase reliability of your vehicle and limit the risk of vehicle breakdown • Increase the resale value of your vehicle Presenting a Clean Image • Maintaining clean vehicles also helps promote a positive image among community residents, in turn, enhancing the confidence clients and stake holders have in company and oilfield industry. REGARDLESS • Regardless if we OWN IT, LEASE IT, or BORROW IT! You have sign out the unit and you are responsible for it! Basic Maintenance of your Vehicle Identifying aspects in need of maintenance • The best and most efficient method of knowing about your company vehicle and keeping track of it is through the owner's manual which provides complete information on how to go about it. You can inspect your company vehicle every time you enter it, or on a daily or weekly basis or at intervals specified in the manual. Read the owner's manual carefully to become familiar with your vehicle's maintenance schedule and requirements. Maintenance regimes vary widely from one vehicle to another – the manufacturer of your vehicle knows best. Your Vehicle is Talking Here • If you see the light, take it in for a check up! A fleet vehicle is more than T.O.W.B.I.F. • T – tires • O – oil • W- windows • B- brakes • I – interior • F - fluids Ride in Style Blow it up Right Bumper to Bumper = Roof to Road Check the battery once per month for corrosion and clean it or have it cleaned and as needed. Avoid running your battery down, if possible. Even with a jump start, it's hard on the battery. Batteries do eventually get old. If anything seems out of place, have it checked as soon as possible. An unusual smell, a new noise, a vibration, a new light on the instrument panel coming on, anything, have it checked! That Circle Check and your Senses Smell: Strange smells may emanate from inside your car. This could be an early warning signal that requires attention if much more time and money are to be saved later on. • Possible causes might include: • The existence of some trapped water, usually under the carpet. This will ruin the carpet and also speed up corrosion. • Variety of smoky smells. Electrical smoky smells are the most dangerous and it is advisable to shut down, open the bonnet, disconnect the batteries and seek professional help. Other smoky smells may occur when the sound or heat proof lining inside the engine space burns. Trace the cause. • Fuel smells might occur when the fuel tank venting gets choked or if there has been an overflow. • Oil or exhaust smells from the engine. This maybe caused either due to too much engine oil, or if the engine oil has grown old and is burning, or if it has been overheated. • A typical sweetish smell emanates when varnish is being burnt which occurs when your dynamo or alternator is about to pack up and would, usually be accompanied by flickering lights. • Burning rubber smells tend to come when you drive with your brakes on or when tires are overheated. Sound: • Strange sounds tend to be sidelined by external noise on the road, the noise of radio, passengers etc. However, if the problem persists, the car will make its condition known every time you take a corner or ride over a bump. • Easily recognizable sounds are • Strange clicking while taking a turn from the front wheels means that the front shaft is about to fall apart. Get it fixed before it actually does. • A fan-belt squeal means that another one is needed. • Rhythmic clicks from the wheel indicate faulty bearings at worst or just large pebbles stuck in the tread pattern at the best. • A change in engine tone usually indicates engine overheating, especially if you have been driving at constant speeds for a long time. Stopping or varying the engine speed should be enough if there is no severe problem. Otherwise, let the car cool down and then check radiator and water levels. • Backfiring while normal driving means serious problems and should be properly investigated. • Engine knocks means that it is time to get into a lower gear. If it persists, however, it is time to get your engine and engine oil checked. Clean your Vehicle Inside and Outside • Do you have trash in your vehicle? • Clean out the waste and wipe down your dash and driver areas We Issue it – You Maintain it CHECK ALL ISSUED EMERGENCY GEAR Secure All Equipment Inside and Outside Secure your load for safer roads! What is an unsecured load? • An unsecured load has not been fastened in or attached to the vehicle with tarps, rope, straps, netting, or chains, so as to prevent any part of the load or the covering from becoming loose, detached, or leaving the vehicle while the vehicle is moving If you have a issue • Call our Supervisor and Fleet Coordinator as soon as you notice the problem !
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