When you have company cars, you are often relying on your employees to alert you when there are possible problems that may require car repair to prevent serious damage to your vehicles. Before your employees drive off in a company car, make sure they know signs that would indicate that car repair is needed. This will protect their safety, as well as your investment in your fleet.
Here are some of the signs they should look for:
- If the check engine light illuminates, they should let you know so you can have it checked soon. If the check engine light is flashing, they should get the car checked out by a professional immediately. The flashing light can indicate problems that can do serious damage if you continue to drive the car.
- If they spot smoke coming from under the hood, they should stop driving to prevent possible overheating.
- If the smoke is coming from the exhaust, it could point to a possible problem with the exhaust system or an oil leak.
- If the car starts making new noises while in operation, the transmission seems to be struggling, or the engine seems to be racing or chugging, it needs to be checked out.
- Before driving off in the car after it is parked, they should be in the habit of glancing underneath to look for leaks. Water normally drips during the summer from the air conditioning, but if there are any bright green, dark red or brown spots under the car, it could indicate a serious issue.
Maintenance is you first defense against costly car repair. Your next protection is the attention of your employees to how your cars are performing. Make sure they are prepared to identify possible problems.