While the appearance of a truck doesn’t necessarily reflect the values of the driver or the company, excessive dirt can draw unwanted attention. Countless studies show that dirty trucks not only reflect poorly on a business, but they’re more likely to attract the attention of police and Department of Transportation officials. The money you think you’re saving by skipping fleet pressure washing could actually cost you more in the end.
Easy target: DOT officials are more likely to inspect dirty trucks than clean ones because cleanliness is generally a reflection of the care and maintenance invested in the vehicle. DOT officials often find that drivers of dirty trucks are behind on their log books as well as sleep.
Time lost: If a truck driver gets pulled over and the officer decides to inspect the truck, this can cost your company at least an hour of time. Consequently, the driver may lose wages and the delivery may be late. Furthermore, it takes more time to clean a dirty truck than to maintain a vehicle’s cleanliness.
Ticket costs: Skipping a pressure washer cleaning could result in infractions. In some cases, the vehicle may have to stay put until the violations are fixed.
Inefficiencies: In addition to the cost of a ticket, excess dirt and grime on a truck can weigh it down, making it less fuel-efficient. Furthermore, dirt on the windshield, windows and rearview mirrors can impair a driver’s visibility.
Lost business: Keeping a fleet or truck clean may be part of a client contract, and a breach could result in lost clients. On the other hand, people looking for a company to provide fleet services may take a pass on your business if they see a single truck that’s dirty.
Your fleet doesn’t have to fall victim to dirt and grime. With the services provided by certified power washers, Ottawa fleets can stay consistently safe and clean. With the Scotts Fleet Care package, pressure washing Ottawa fleets becomes a no-brainer – your vehicles stay clean across five major Canadian cities; satisfaction is guaranteed; and driver morale remains high.