Preventative Maintenance for Your Fleet of Box Trucks or Shuttle Buses

Preventative Maintenance for Your Fleet of Box Trucks or Shuttle Buses

Preventative Maintenance for Your Fleet of Box Trucks or Shuttle Buses

Fleet maintenance can be tricky if you’re operating on a tight budget, but the importance of it for your buses and trucks cannot be overstated. Advantage Auto Service can help, because we believe the safety of your fleet rides, literally and figuratively, on how well it is maintained. Let’s talk about preventative maintenance for your fleet and how ignoring the services can put you and your company at risk.

Saving Money From the Start

Preventative maintenance costs less than repairs; this is the bottom line. The more you put off the maintenance services required for your fleet the more chances they will break down. Once they have broken down, you not only have to pay for the repairs to get them back on the road but you also lose the money they make while they’re on the road. It just doesn’t make sense to lose this income.

Yes, maintenance services cost money, but when you take into account the difference between the cost of regular oil changes and the cost of rebuilding a damaged engine, spending the money on the oil changes now makes more sense. Even replacing the brake pads costs less than replacing the brake pads and the rotors the worn brake pads damaged. Spending money now saves you money later.

Reliability and Safety

Another consideration is your vehicle’s reliability and safety. Take into account how much your customers rely on your box trucks to deliver their packages. What about your passengers who rely on your shuttle service? If the vehicles break down constantly, your customers will find other more reliable transportation companies. Your vehicles need to be reliable in today’s instant gratification society.

They also need to be safe, and they cannot be safe if they aren’t being maintained. Accidents can cost your company dearly, especially if the accident was caused by your vehicle’s failure. Your drivers could be injured as could your passengers in the shuttle buses. This can cost you dearly in insurance costs and settlement payouts. Safety should be a priority in both your box trucks and shuttle buses. 

Plus, safe vehicles boost your drivers’ and passengers’ confidence in your company. Happy drivers mean dedicated drivers who will be willing to go above and beyond for you and your business. Happy customers mean loyal customers who will also boast about your business’ services to your family and friends. You can’t beat word-of-mouth marketing. Period.

Advantage Auto Service in Atlanta, GA, offers fleet maintenance and repair services for box trucks and shuttle buses. Call us today to discuss your fleet maintenance needs. Our number is 770-268-2892.


Shuttle Bus Driver Safety Tips

Shuttle Bus Driver Safety Tips

Shuttle Bus Driver Safety Tips

Many people rely on shuttle buses, especially those living in assisted-living communities. You don’t want your shuttle buses to be dangerous to your passengers, and a lot of the safety of these vehicles lies with the drivers and how they handle them. Advantage Auto Service would like to share the following shuttle bus driver safety tips from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to protect you and your passengers.

Drive Defensively

Shuttle bus drivers must remain vigilant behind the wheel, constantly anticipating their next move before they make it. Awareness and action are the keys to avoiding accidents. Anticipating problems before they happen helps drivers prevent them.

Use the Signals

Shuttle bus drivers should always make other drivers aware of their intentions. Signals, brake lights, and flashers help drivers anticipate the shuttle’s next move. It’s important to consistently use these tools, and it’s also important to use flares and triangles when broken down.

Slow Down

Shuttle bus drivers must also know their vehicle and how to handle it. They must slow down when driving conditions warrant it, such as during inclement weather or around curves. Extensive driver’s training can help your bus drivers learn when to use caution.

Use Common Sense

The shuttle bus can’t be safe if the driver isn’t safe. Simple common sense can save lives. Everyone, including the driver, should buckle up. The driver should not drive when he or she is tired. Nor should the driver be distracted. Obviously, alcohol and drugs should be forbidden.

Know the Routes

If your shuttle bus drivers do not have a good idea of where they’re going or how to get there, they will be easily distracted by a fear of getting lost. Drivers should always know their routes and plan for any obstacles, including road work or road hazards.

Maintain the Fleet

Finally, a reliable fleet keeps the shuttles and their drivers safe. Preventative maintenance prevents breakdowns and accidents. Reliable shuttles boost the driver’s and passenger’s confidence in your shuttle service. Maintaining the fleet is perhaps one of the most important safety tips of all.

If you drive a shuttle bus or own a fleet of shuttles in Atlanta, GA, let Advantage Auto Service keep the buses on the road, reliable, and safe. You can call us to discuss your fleet automotive service and repair needs, and you can rest assured we have vast experience in shuttle bus repair and shuttle bus driver safety. We’d be happy to get you on a customized service plan that is perfect for your shuttle buses.