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How to Use Fleet Data for Vehicle Maintenance

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Any fleet manager knows the importance of maintaining the vehicles in your fleet. Without proper fleet vehicle maintenance procedures and plans, your fleet would grind to a screeching halt with breakdowns, accidents, and other dangerous problems. 

There are three main types of maintenance you should consider for your fleet, and each can be made easier with a fully-featured fleet management software like Azuga Fleet. Learn more below about scheduled, preventive, and predictive maintenance and how fleet data can help with each.

Scheduled Maintenance

Scheduled maintenance is probably the simplest and most common form of maintenance practiced by fleets everywhere. Common maintenance tasks such as oil and filter changes, brake checks, and tire rotation or replacement are scheduled for each vehicle.

This type of maintenance has been around a lot longer than computers, telematics, or fleet data. Back then, fleet managers would mark scheduled maintenance tasks on paper calendars or find other manual ways to remember when to complete a scheduled task. We still see this type of manual recording today when we get an oil change and are given a sticker showing us when we should return. 

Today’s fleets have better options. It’s simple to set basic calendar reminders on your favorite device for each task. But with the addition of fleet management data, you can ensure that each vehicle receives routine maintenance based on actual miles driven rather than simply choosing a date on a calendar. 

Azuga’s scheduled maintenance feature schedules the task for a future date when a certain number of miles are driven or a specific number of engine hours have been completed. Once the target number of days, miles, or hours is reached, the fleet manager or maintenance department is notified, and the task can be completed. 

Preventive Maintenance 

Of course, scheduled maintenance is only the first piece in the modern maintenance puzzle. Next is preventive maintenance, which is similar to how Azuga’s scheduled maintenance works but not quite the same. Sensors measure the wear and tear on parts and systems rather than simply ticking off a certain number of miles or running hours. This means preventive maintenance can prevent breakdowns and damage caused as parts wear out. 

Predictive Maintenance

Finally, the most complex form of maintenance is predictive maintenance. Rather than being reactive, like scheduled or preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance is proactive. While preventive maintenance alerts you to needed tasks at regular intervals, predictive maintenance sends alerts only as needed. This involves a great deal of data mining and science to ensure that you receive alerts before a vehicle needs maintenance or repair. In addition to miles driven or engine hours, predictive maintenance can also take into account the age of the vehicle, detailed diagnostic information from the onboard computer, and the type of wear and tear the vehicle routinely sees.

Maintenance Powered by Advanced Vehicle Data from Azuga

If you’re not a programmer with advanced knowledge of data science and vehicle maintenance, you probably want an easy solution that allows you to take advantage of all three maintenance program types. Fortunately, Azuga offers just such a solution. Our telematics data can schedule, prevent, and predict maintenance tasks as needed. Not only that, you’ll also gain access to features that promote driver safety, route optimization, fuel efficiency, and so much more. Schedule an Azuga Fleet demo today to see what we can do for your fleet.