As the summer season approaches, it’s important for businesses to ensure adequate vehicle maintenance is ready to tackle the challenges that come with warmer weather. High temperatures can all take a toll on your vehicles if they are not properly maintained.

In this blog, we will provide you with essential tips on how to prepare your fleet vehicles for the summer, focusing on preventative maintenance. By following these guidelines, you can keep your fleet running smoothly, minimise downtime, and maximise efficiency.

1. Check and Maintain Fluid Levels:

Fluids are the lifeblood of any vehicle, especially during the warm summer months. Start by inspecting and topping up essential fluids such as engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. Adequate levels of these fluids will help your vehicles perform optimally, prevent overheating, and ensure proper lubrication and braking. Regularly monitor fluid levels throughout the summer and replace or refill as needed.

2. Examine and Maintain the Cooling System

The cooling system plays a vital role in regulating engine temperature, especially when the mercury rises. Inspect the radiator, hoses, and belts for any signs of leaks, cracks, or wear. Clean the radiator fins from debris, bugs, and dirt to maintain efficient airflow.

If necessary, flush and refill the coolant according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Keeping your cooling system in top shape can prevent engine overheating and costly repairs.

3. Inspect and Maintain the Air Conditioning System

Hot weather demands a fully functional air conditioning (AC) system to keep your drivers comfortable and focused. Have a professional inspect the AC system, including the compressor, condenser, and refrigerant levels. Clean or replace the cabin air filters to ensure optimal air quality. Regular maintenance will help prevent AC breakdowns, maintain driver satisfaction, and boost productivity.

Mechanic holding clipboard whilst conducting an engine check

4. Check and Rotate Tires

High temperatures can affect tire pressure and wear, compromising both safety and fuel efficiency. Regularly inspect tires for any signs of damage, uneven wear, or inadequate tread depth. Rotate the tires according to the manufacturer’s guidelines to promote even wear and extend their lifespan.

Additionally, check the tire pressure is at the recommended level. As overinflated or underinflated tires can negatively impact vehicle performance and fuel economy.

5. Test and Maintain the Battery:

Summer heat can be harsh on vehicle batteries, often leading to unexpected failures. Test the battery’s voltage and inspect its connections for corrosion or loose terminals.

Clean and tighten the connections if needed. If the battery is old or showing signs of weakness, consider replacing it before it leaves you stranded during what can be the busiest time of the year. Regular maintenance and timely replacements will help ensure reliable vehicle operation.

6. Clean and Protect the Exterior:

The summer season means more exposure to intense sunlight, road debris, and insects. Regularly wash and wax your fleet vehicles to protect their paintwork from fading and potential damage. Don’t forget to clean the windows, mirrors, and lights for maximum visibility and safety.

Consider applying a protective coating or film to vulnerable areas, such as the front end, to shield against stone chips and scratches. By prioritising the appearance of your fleet, you convey a strong brand image and inspire confidence in your business, making a positive impression on customers and potential clients alike.

Mechanic holding Tyre

7. Schedule Regular Inspections and Maintenance:

Preventative maintenance is crucial for the smooth operation of your fleet vehicles, and partnering with a trusted and qualified mechanic or service centre can make all the difference. Establish a routine maintenance schedule that includes regular inspections, oil changes, filter replacements, and other necessary services. 

By staying on top of maintenance tasks, you not only improve vehicle performance but also identify and address potential issues before they escalate into costly breakdowns.

Consider exploring maintenance-inclusive contracts offered by reputable providers. These contracts can provide comprehensive coverage for fleet maintenance, ensuring that your vehicles receive the attention they need without causing unnecessary interruptions to your business operations. 

With maintenance-inclusive contracts, you gain peace of mind knowing that your fleet is in the hands of professionals who specialise in fleet maintenance, allowing you to focus on your core business activities.

This proactive approach not only minimizes the risk of unexpected breakdowns but also helps you stay within budget by avoiding costly repairs that can arise from neglecting routine maintenance.

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Incorporating summer maintenance into your fleet management strategy is vital for ensuring the longevity, reliability, and efficiency of your vehicles. Follow essential tips and prioritise preventative maintenance during summer. This will optimize your fleet’s performance, it will also reduce the risk of unexpected breakdowns.

Remember, investing in regular summer maintenance not only enhances safety and operational efficiency but also demonstrates your commitment to providing top-notch service to your clients. So, make summer maintenance a priority for your business fleet and enjoy a season of smooth and successful operations.

If you need any advice regarding fleet maintenance, please do not hesitate to get in touch. At Toomey Leasing Group we have a dedicated maintenance team who can assist with any fleet query