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Doug Drage / Press

““We have a maintenance schedule for each of our 18 vehicles, and we track them,” said Doug Drage, church administrator of Family Life Fellowship in Moberly, Mo.“We rely on our vehicles and have to make sure they are running right.We have a contract for maintenance with a professional mechanic.” A maintenance program should include regular inspection of each vehicle by a certified mechanic and service in accordance with the vehicle’s maintenance manual. It is especially important to monitor tire wear and replace tires whenever needed. When purchasing tires, only buy those properly sized and rated for the vehicle. A quick visual inspection by the driver before all trips is another good way to reduce the odds of having a problem. “All of our drivers inspect the vehicle before and after each trip,” Drage said.“We have a detailed checklist they use.They check the lights, wipers, directionals, brakes and emergency brake, tires, oil and other fluids.””