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Vehicle Health: Can You Afford a Van Breakdown?

Vehicle Health: Can You Afford a Van Breakdown? | Articles | Trakm8

Whether you have one van or a fleet of 50, a breakdown can be a costly affair for your business.

The best-case scenario is that the vehicle is only off the road for an hour or two – but that’s if you have breakdown cover and the roadside repair goes smoothly. In the worst case, a breakdown can cost you in excess of £1,000, after factoring in recovery fees and the loss of a day’s work.

The additional, hidden cost to your business is how that breakdown can damage your reputation. It can disrupt supply chains, cause you to miss delivery windows, or simply leave people and vital equipment stranded in the wrong locations. The end result, however, is the same - angry customers.

That’s why it can really pay to make sure that your vehicle tracking supplier provides vehicle health alerts as part of your standard package. Did you know you can now receive vehicle health alerts via your mobile phone? This acts as an early warning system, informing owners and drivers of potential issues - such as a battery with low charge - before they cause a breakdown.

Trakm8 is an acknowledged UK leader in this field; which is why Trakm8 Prime includes vehicle and battery health monitoring as standard, giving van owners peace of mind. Sole traders can set it up so that they receive email alerts on their van health, while business owners with multiple vehicles can use Trakm8 Prime to receive early warnings on the health of all company cars and vans.

According to the AA, a flat or faulty battery is the biggest cause of breakdowns. The risk of running out of charge increases during the winter, when drivers naturally use more battery-draining functions such as heaters, windscreen wipers, and headlights. This is why Trakm8 Prime includes a handy battery health icon that enables you to quickly check battery state of charge.

Because our black box plugs into your on-board diagnostics port, it can read fault codes and raise the alarm before a small problem turns into a major headache for your business. Advanced warning of any issues means that you don’t have to react to problems – instead, you can proactively schedule repairs and maintenance before a breakdown occurs. In this way, you can plan vehicle down time so that it doesn’t affect you or your customers.

In addition to aiding you in avoiding costly breakdowns, Trakm8 Prime can also prevent MOT failures by flagging up potential problems. It can even help keep your vehicles compliant, by acting as a handy digital filing system for your vehicle mileage records and service history.

Priced at £12.99 or less per vehicle, per month, Trakm8 Prime is a cost-effective fleet management tool for small and medium-sized businesses. It combines GPS tracking with business and private mileage management as well as vehicle health alerts. It also helps SMEs boost vehicle MPG by monitoring driver behaviour KPIs such as excessive acceleration, harsh braking, sharp cornering, and engine idling.

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