Minimising vehicle downtime

Written by: Simon Pavey, Last updated:14th February 2022

Wheels of a car suspended on lift for maintenance

VOR can cause major disruptions to your fleet’s operations, affecting revenue targets, and can be quite costly, especially during recalls and other time-consuming procedures. According to a recent survey, some firms believe VOR can cost them between £3,000 and £4,000 per day, with some registering an average of three VOR days per year.

Although it’s inevitable that your fleet will experience some unplanned VOR from time to time, there are a number of steps you can take to minimise disruption.

Robust routine checks

Vehicle breakdowns are often caused by damaged or faulty equipment which could have been easily spotted during a routine maintenance check. By making these compulsory, your drivers can identify and report any benign issues before they worsen and being to interfere with the performance of the vehicle.

Driving style

While you may consider your employees to be experienced and proficient drivers, regular training can only help build their knowledge and awareness of potential road risks — and how to cope with them. Confident and well-trained drivers are less likely to be involved in an accident – one of the most common causes of VOR – while smooth and controlled driving is easier on the vehicle itself, reducing the likelihood of wear and tear – another contributing factor to vehicle off-road time. Telematics can be a great tool here to provide actionable insights on how each driver is performing – from plug in and go to advanced solutions see how telematics from BP can help you assess and address your employees driving style.

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