Properly protected and maintained fleet vehicles maximize productivity and profit by limiting down time. One important and often overlooked aspect of fleet maintenance is windshields. Here are some tips for safely maintaining fleet vehicles windshields.
1. Maximize Visibility
A crystal clear view of the road can help prevent accidents. Keep both the exterior and interior of windshields clean. Routinely inspect windshields and tend to chips and cracks right away.
2. Avoid Damage
To avoid potential windshield damage, properly train drivers and periodically review safety protocols. For example, drivers should always allow plenty of space between their vehicle and the vehicle ahead of them. Drivers should also avoid following vehicles carrying rocks or other debris.
3. Safe Storage
Do not park vehicles under trees with loose limbs, especially during stormy weather. If possible, avoid extreme temperature changes, which can cause glass damage.
4. Employee Screening and Tracking
One of the most important facets of a well-maintained fleet is its drivers. Carefully screen the driving record of prospective employees. Once a driver is hired, use tracking technology to analyze drive time, performance, and location, and if necessary, identify and address any potential for vehicle damage, including windshield damage.
5. Comprehensive Insurance Coverage
A policy specifically for a commercial fleet rather than individual vehicle coverage may be more affordable. Purchase comprehensive coverage to cover non-collision liability risks, such as theft, vandalism, and other unexpected vehicle damage.
6. Reputable Third Party Providers
Most companies do not have the internal resources, staff, or equipment to handle all fleet maintenance needs. Contracting with reputable third party providers can reduce down time and translate to successful fleet productivity. When it comes to windshield replacement, select a provider who:
takes your call quickly
guarantees 100% customer satisfaction
has a proven track record of customizing service packages to accommodate your specific fleet scheduling needs
sends a technician to regularly walk your lot and report windshield damage to your fleet manager
has technicians who are certified by the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) and the National Glass Association (NGA)
uses Department of Transportation (DOT) approved Original Equipment Manufactured (OEM) quality glass and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) certified urethane
provides a lifetime warranty on defective parts and labor against leaking