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Recommended Vehicle Maintenance Tools

Logistical companies often rely on their vehicles, so it makes sense that they are maintained to a high standard. This post lists some of the essential tools that are used for vehicle maintenance.

Speciality Tools and Equipment

Speciality tools are often vehicle specific tools that are designed to do just one or two different jobs, and nothing else. For this reason speciality tools are often hard to come buy, but necessary tools for certain jobs. Useful speciality tools include disconnects for removing fuel and air conditioning lines, tubing wrenches and spindle-nut sockets.


Many mechanics like to designate a drawer solely for sockets, and for good reason. Sockets are almost universally used by mechanics. The impact, deep-wall, short-wall, 12-point, 6-point, hex and Allen, metric, and standard sockets of all sizes are some examples.

Gasket Scrapers

A gasket scraper is a hand tool used to remove gasket residue, it has a handle, long shaft and blade and is available in many different shapes and sizes.



Fleet Management System

The main focus of each transportation business lies in delivering goods or services in an on-time, cost-effective way. Route planning needs to be performed efficiently so that the vehicle reaches its destination without any hassles, diversions or waste of time. A Fleet Management system is specifically designed for fleet managers to help them manage their transportation business, keep a track of their vehicles in real-time, and ensure the fastest delivery to customers to achieve maximum satisfaction. The system is a simple concept that combines individual, highly functional, web-based components with a GPS tracking system, a two-way wireless communication device, and management web-based software. All of these components work in tandem to produce a real-time view of the fleet for the fleet manager to watch over and keep the track of all company vehicles from the convenience of his office.
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Storing Vehicles For Long Periods of Time

For whatever reason, vehicles are sometimes left stationary for long periods of time. However, vehicles are designed to be used on a regular basis. So doing just the opposite and leaving them unused, can actually cause damage to the vehicle.

This damage can be avoided by preparing the vehicle before storing it.

Cover The Exhaust

The exhaust is connected directly to inner mechanics of the vehicle. If a vehicle is left for a period of time, debris and even creatures can get into these inner workings, through holes like the exhaust. A simple plastic bag tied around the exhaust pipe will prevent this from happening.

If your vehicle has any large air intakes or ways to access the engine it can be worth while covering these in the same way.

Cover The Vehicle

Covering the vehicle with a large dust sheet or car cover will add a layer of protection around it. Much in the same way as covering the exhaust.

Insurance > Tax > MOT

Getting a Vehicle on the Road

A common issue when getting a vehicle back on the road is sorting out the legal requirements that new vehicles must adhere to. Insurance, tax and MOT is required for all vehicles in the UK. A new vehicle has none of these (although some vehicles do not require a MOT for a number of years if it is factory new). This is where problems can arise.

In order to get an MOT a vehicle must have road tax. In order to get road tax a vehicle must be insured. So the order that they need to be obtained in is: Insurance, then road tax, then MOT.

Once a vehicle is insured and taxed it is still not road worthy unless it has an MOT. Fortunately it is legal to drive a vehicle to the MOT test centre to get one, so long as it is a direct route to the test centre.

Keeping A Garage Functional Through Winter

Within the logistics industry, the garage and the functionality of the garage has to be maintained all year round. Transport vehicles require regular maintenance and no less so than during cold winter months, all in all it means that the garage will be used in low temperatures. Work needs to be carried out and it cannot be done effectively if the temperature is too low.

One of the best ways to heat the garage is to use an under floor heating system. There are many different methods for doing this. Heating mats, backer board insulation and cable kits are available to heat the floor. These will enable you to control the entire temperature of the room evenly.

Managing the temperature of the garage is also a great way to protect the other items you store there. Many chemicals react to changes in temperature. Keeping that temperature at a steady constant will maintain the usability of those items.