ROSWELL, GA - October 27, 2011 - Vehicle maintenance management solution provider Ownersite Technologies is urging fleet owners to take winter seriously and accelerate their efforts to implement a comprehensive vehicle maintenance management program and policy. To assist fleet owners in tackling winter head on, Ownersite Technologies' flagship product, Ownersite.com, has been developed to be fully "season-ready."
The comprehensive, web-based and mobile vehicle records management
platform incorporates full support for individual season schedules and
enables customers to establish reminders for non-routine checks that
help avert costly winter breakdowns.
"Winter is extremely hard on vehicles of all types, and especially on
fleet vehicles that are under heavy use," says Ownersite Technologies
founder Steve Eppinger. "Yet, fleet vehicles are frequently driven by
multiple operators with little to no coordination of effort. Without a
clear program and policy, not only for winterization but also for
cold-specific vehicle maintenance and operation, fleets may suffer an
unusually high failure rate in cold weather."
In winter, Eppinger notes, it's particularly important to adhere to
recommended preventive maintenance schedules and stay to the low end of
the mileage recommendation. Key core activities include replacements
such as oil changes, fluid top-offs, aging battery and spark plug
replacement, and even scheduled checks for excessive wear on crucial
equipment like brake pads and belts.
As part of its season-ready approach, Ownersite.com enables fleet
operators to set up automated reminders for both odometer-based and
date-based maintenance activities and adjust reminder intervals to
account for the harsh realities of winter.
The customization features of Ownersite.com also allow a customer to
establish periodic reminders for non-routine operations that can
substantially improve winter reliability. Eppinger's "Top Three" most
beneficial non-routine operations are:
1. Fuel Up. Maintain fuel levels at no less than a half a talk of gas
at all times. Water vapor that collects in the bottom of a tank can be
drawn into the fuel line and freeze, preventing engine start. In areas
of extreme cold, gas-line antifreeze is a beneficial additive.
2. Clear It Up. Inspect vehicle wipers and consider switching them to
heavy-duty blades in areas prone to frequent snow showers and storms.
Heavy-duty blades also can cut through some ice buildups. Check each
vehicle to make sure every light is working at full beam.
3. Roll On. Drastic temperature changes can cause substantial tire
pressure fluctuation. Drivers should check tire pressure several times a
month. Improperly inflated tires can reduce gripping action when
drivers need it most.
About Ownersite Technologies
Ownersite Technologies provides comprehensive web-based and mobile
solutions to enhance the safety, reliability and value of our customers'
personal and commercial assets and vehicles. Our low cost asset
management tools put the advantages usually reserved for large fleet
owners into the hands of small business owners for a fraction of the
cost. Ownersite.com is distributed directly to businesses and consumers
online as well as through our channel of financial service and insurance
providers, automotive service shops, and enthusiast networks. Founded
in 2001 and headquartered in Roswell, GA, Ownersite Technologies is a
privately held technology company formed by the original creators of
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