The number of unscheduled roadside repairs increased in the USA
Technology & Maintenance Council American Trucking Associations (TMC) reported an increase in off-scheduled maintenance operation in all states.
Although in the first quarter of 2021, as part of testing program the TMC / FleetNet America announced that breakdowns happen 18% less than in the fourth quarter of 2020, a gradual improvement of the epidemiological situation promises an increase in unscheduled repairs.
Truck`s average mileage between breakdowns is 21,856 miles, it`s 13.1% down than in the previous quarter. The time between breakdowns for multiloads (LTL) decreased by 18.7%. In the tanker sector, the figure improved slightly, with 17,420 miles driven in the first quarter compared to 19,905 miles in the previous quarter.
“The data tells us that if carriers who drive the average number of miles between crashes can achieve best-in-class markers, they will increase the number of miles between crashes by 89%,” said Emily Hirst, data and analytics manager at FleetNet America.
The fleet of tankers that took part in the study also traveled twice as many miles between road breakdowns compared to average carriers in this class.
“As the economy improves in the second half of 2021, vehicle fleets must be vigilant in their maintenance practices to minimize unplanned road repairs. Our data shows that best-in-class fleets do this. Others can benefit by following industry-recommended practices such as TMC,”said TMC CEO Robert Braswell.