By the Numbers: Saving Money With Preventative Maintenance

Inevitably, with vehicle ownership comes responsibility. And every 16 year old can tell you that they have been lectured ten times over about taking care of their new ride. But often that mindset is kept purely out of fear of being broken down on the side of the road or having to go out of pocket for a large maintenance expense.

Seldom do we consider the fact that staying current on preventative maintenance (PM) can actually save you money - not just in the long haul, but on a daily basis. With gas prices being where they are currently, the savings from PM is even more visible. If you are a fleet manager, then multiply the numbers across your fleet and see what a difference you can make.

Our team here at Fleetio has done some research in order to provide you with real data that shows what regular auto service can do for your budget and bottom line:

Tire Pressures

We've talked a lot about tires on the Fleetio Blog, and we continue the emphasis here to reiterate that keeping your tires in check (or not) can have real consequences. Simply maintaining the factory recommended pressures can save around $99 per year and improve mileage 3.3%.

Air Filters

Putting off changing a dirty air filter can cost you well beyond the price of a new one. Excessive buildup can cause clogging and reduce your mpg by as much as 10%. Remember - fuel needs air to combust and power your vehicle, and starving your intake can really hurt performance. Conversely, keeping a clean air filter has the potential to save you $300 per year.

The Right Oil

We have also discussed motor oil characteristics on the Fleetio Blog - because it is a big deal. The right oil for your car or truck leads to a happy engine. So it goes to show that choosing the correct oil type can improve your vehicle's efficiency by 1-2% per year, or roughly $60 worth.

Engine Tuning

Depending on the age of your vehicle, you could increase operating efficiency up to 4% by having the engine tuned properly. For your personal or company fleet, that type of savings can really add up.

Keeping Your Vehicle Clean

It should come as no surprise to you that carrying around a lot of extra stuff (instead of cleaning out your vehicle regularly) can have a notable effect over the course of a year. An extra 100 pounds in your car or truck can put a 2% hurt on fuel efficiency.

Make it easy to keep up with preventative maintenance and more in an easy to use fleet maintenance software.

Note: estimates based on annual driving of 15,000 miles, fuel economy of 20mpg and approximately $4 per gallon.

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