Shifting From A Reactive To Predictive Maintenance Approach With Trailer Telematics

Maintaining a regularly scheduled maintenance program and responding to over-the-road breakdowns as they occur is the bare minimum you could be doing when it comes to managing fleets at any scale. These days, the consequences of poorly managing your fleet’s maintenance needs will impact your business’ critical factors like driver uptime, asset utilization, unscheduled maintenance events, and cost of ownership. Over time, neglecting maintenance could significantly gnaw at your ROI. This approach to fleet maintenance management is considered a reactive approach. The alternatively better methodology to keeping your fleet moving is a predictive approach. The adoption of a predictive maintenance approach and trailer telematics technology is more sustainable, cost-effective, and resource-efficient.

What is Predictive Maintenance VS. Reactive Maintenance?

Predictive maintenance is on the complete opposite side of the spectrum than reactive maintenance. Reactive is when your semi-trailer breaks down over-the-road, and you fix it. 

Reactive maintenance is the least effective way to maintain your fleet and wastes over 30% of your resources. 

If you’re tired of the constant stream of breakdowns and headaches, it’s time to look at how you’re managing your fleet. The most optimal way to operate is to use a preventive maintenance approach. Predictive maintenance relies equally on data gathered using trailer telematics technology as well as the applied knowledge of the fleet management’s team for how to use it.

The predictive maintenance approach uses trailer telematics data to monitor conditions, allowing fleets to stay ahead of unscheduled maintenance events and avoid equipment failures.


The impact of a non-reliability-focused approach to maintenance not only depletes your company’s resources but also cuts into uptime availability, driver retention, and CSA compliance. The use of trailer telematics data and data analytics creates significant opportunities for companies to improve overall operational efficiency, increase their fleet’s reliability and safety, and prevent a majority of emergency repairs.

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