- Maintenance schedules developed by manufacturers are designed around “typical” vehicle use circumstances. When deciding on the maintenance frequency that’s right for your vehicle, consider its age and the nature of the driving you do. Older vehicles deserve more frequent and rigorous checks. Severe conditions such as heavy payloads, stop-and-go traffic, extreme cold or dusty conditions mean more frequent maintenance.
- There are plenty of online resources that explain or show you how to complete inspections and perform basic vehicle maintenance. They provide information to help you decide on those items that you need a qualified technician to complete.
Review a few sites and resources. Choose ones that provide impartial, practical suggestions (rather than promoting their services or products). Here is one example that provides a general introduction to inspections and maintenance.
- Many vehicle maintenance items must be completed by a certified technician with specialized training and tools. Similar to choosing your family doctor, it’s worth your time to find a technician and shop you are comfortable with, and build a relationship with them. As they become familiar with you, your vehicle and your driving circumstances, they should provide maintenance tips that can save you time and money, and optimize your work vehicle’s life.
- If you notice anything that may make your vehicle unsafe, inform your employer and consult your mechanic for their qualified opinion. Any condition that makes the vehicle unsafe must be repaired before the vehicle may be operated.