After months of standstill, coronavirus lockdown restrictions are being gradually eased in the U.S. and elsewhere. Although strict guidelines are in place for most businesses, including major new occupational safety and social distancing rules, the slow and arduous return to economic normality has finally begun.
This is good news for everyone, including fleet managers and drivers who can start clearing their backlogs of vehicle repair and maintenance activities. It’s important however, that as this process begins, we keep our expectations in check with regards to local garages, service and repair stations and tire fitters.
Like other businesses, garages, services & body repair workshops have begun implementing far-reaching social distancing rules and vehicle sanitation protocols. In some cases, entire locations are having to be physically re-arranged to meet new standards. This will limit their repair and maintenance capacity in the weeks ahead, and is likely to exacerbate delays to appointments and servicing times. Similarly, we can expect a limited availability (if any) of pick-ups and deliveries and of mobile maintenance services.
With this in mind, let’s be smart and plan accordingly. The road to recovery is a team effort between every member of society, so we all have an important part to play at this time.