5 Critical Car Tyre Maintenance Tips

Jess Wallace | 6/09/2017 8:45:29 AM

Keeping your tyres in good condition is an essential aspect of car maintenance, and it is both illegal and dangerous to drive with non-roadworthy tyres. There are a number of things you need to consider with respect to tyre maintenance. This article takes a look at five critical car tyre maintenance tips so you can drive confidently and safely. 1. Tyre rotation Tyres are often moved from one position on the car to another to ensure even wear and tear. Front tyres carry more of the car...

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Respect Employees' Privacy When Using Tracking Technology

Mark Schneider | 30/08/2017 11:24:02 AM

If you’re in charge of a business’s vehicle fleet then you might have discovered that the human dimensions of the task can be a lot more challenging than the administrative side of it. One area that can require considerable tact and careful handling is the use of vehicle tracking technology. Vehicle tracking devices such as those offered by Fleetdynamics have given business managers unprecedented control over their fleet operations in recent years. These in-vehicle devices lin...

A Tradies' Guide To Managing Vehicle Expenses

Kate Walker | 30/08/2017 10:29:51 AM

Republished with approval from Fleetdynamics. The unavoidable truth of running a trades business is dealing with vehicle expenses. Between on-site quotes, picking up supplies and actually running your jobs, tradies spend a lot of time on the road. Calculating fuel costs, keeping track of log books or trying to find tradies when the customer says they didn’t arrive on site takes time and effort away from you being able to run your business. With that in mind, here’s our top...

Using GPS Tracking to Secure Your Assets

Kate Walker | 16/08/2017 10:55:57 AM

Republished with approval from Fleetdynamics. With theft a major concern for businesses operating a fleet of vehicles, it makes sense to use GPS tracking to help secure your assets. This is especially true when it comes to construction vehicles such as backhoes, light duty vehicles, trucks, etc. For a company that owns these vehicles and relies on them to complete their day-to-day operations, losing even one vehicle or piece of equipment can negatively affect the bottom line. When a G...

Top Tips for Reducing Your Fine and Demerit Risk

Kate Walker | 26/07/2017 11:19:21 AM

Republished with approval from Fleetdynamics. Driving a vehicle for work changes the whole dynamic of the act of driving. Rather than just being a means of getting to a location in order to have fun or start work, the driving itself is the most important thing. As a driver, you now have a professional responsibility to make sure that the cargo you are carrying arrives safely at its destination, within an agreed upon deadline. That means you have to take your driving much more seriously. ...

How does salary sacrificing work?

Mark Schneider | 21/07/2017 2:06:43 PM

At first glance salary sacrificing might seem like a strange concept. After all, you work hard for the money, why on earth would you want to sacrifice any of it? Well despite that counter-intuitive name, salary sacrificing makes a lot of sense. It's all about giving up a little of your pre-tax income to keep more in your pocket each payday. So what exactly is it and how does it help your budgeting? In brief, it's an agreement between you and your employer, who agrees to pay for so...

Novated Leases: Busting the Myths

Mark Schneider | 21/07/2017 1:39:13 PM

Novated leasing is becoming an increasingly popular way for employers to reward employees with tax benefits and savings when buying a new car. But there are still a large number of misconceptions around novated leasing. We recently asked our sales team for the six top novated misconceptions that they hear on a regular basis. And then, like true myth-busters – we cracked ‘em wide open. Novated Myth #1 Myth: Novated leases are only for upper management on high salaries. Bu...

Are universal road user charges inevitable?

Mark Schneider | 17/07/2017 10:25:09 AM

The idea of road user charges - directly charging people to drive on the roads – has long been a favourite of policy wonks and economists, but political anathema to politicians. Now however there are a few factors at play forcing politicians to at least consider the issue. They're all driven by looming technological change. One is electric vehicles, and the other is autonomous ones, which brings with it the threat of increased traffic congestion. If you hate the id...

Aussie Originals: Bolwell Nagari

Mark Schneider | 3/07/2017 11:11:24 AM

Australia has a long history of producing memorable performance cars, with Holden's Monaro and Torana, Ford's high performance Falcon models and even the Valiant Charger springing to mind. With the demise of Australian vehicle manufacturing those names are destined to become just another part of Australian motoring folklore, but there's another lesser known Aussie performance car, and it didn't come from a major multinational carmaker. It's the Bolwell, Austr...

Budget bonus for first homebuyers

Mark Schneider | 23/06/2017 1:06:52 PM

This year's federal budget contained some good news for hard-pressed people saving up to buy their first home. First homebuyers will welcome the fact that they can now put part of their pre-tax income into their superannuation fund where it can go towards a deposit for a home. From July 1 2017 individuals can put a total of $30,000 into their super fund, or up to $15,000 per year. Couples can put up to $60,000 into super. From there they get the benefits of growing that ...

Are you eligible for salary sacrificing?

Mark Schneider | 8/06/2017 1:24:32 PM

If you think you've got better things to do with your weekly pay than giving large chunks of it away to the taxman then there's a simple strategy to reduce your tax and hang onto more of your hard-earned. It's called salary sacrificing, salary packaging or total remuneration packaging. In simple terms you arrange for your employer to pay some of your household bills for you out of your pre-tax income. That reduces your taxable income and the dollars the taxman can get his hand...

Cost savings with fleet fuel cards

Kirsten Brent | 31/05/2017 12:05:53 PM

When operating a business fleet costs can quickly blow out, especially in terms of fuel usage. With the falling Australian dollar (June 2013) forcing petrol prices to the highest price in years, cutting costs at the bowser has become more important than ever. One way to reduce your fleet costs is by using fleet fuel cards. But just what cost benefits can you receive from utilising fuel cards? We take a look at five of the main areas where your business can save money. 5 main cost savings ...

Tips to reduce vehicle running costs

Kirsten Brent | 31/05/2017 12:05:16 PM

When considering vehicle costs, the first thing that comes to mind is the purchase price, with the everyday running costs often not thought of until later. While this is an easy trap to fall into, it is important to consider your vehicle running costs before purchasing a car as expenses can easily snowball. One way to avoid this is to actively reduce all vehicle costs including insurance, tyres, servicing and fuel. We take a look at some simple tips to make running your car as cost effective ...

6 Strategies to Cut Your Fleet Management Costs Right Now

Kirsten Brent | 31/05/2017 11:59:53 AM

As fuel costs rise and the economy continues to stumble, managing a fleet becomes more difficult. Many businesses must now operate with a reduced fleet management budget, and many need to find creative ways to be profitable and ensure the long-term health of the operation. With that in mind, we consider six strategies that have helped achieve that success.   1. Find Inefficiencies in Actual Costs Budget reduction does not necessarily require sacrifice. Before looking at where t...

Five ways novated leasing can boost your business

Mark Schneider | 31/05/2017 9:00:53 AM

Novated leasing is an attractive option for employees, offering them the pleasure of owning a brand new vehicle of their choice while keeping more money in their pocket each payday. And it can be an attractive tool for business owners who recognise the role that novated leases play in attracting, rewarding and retaining great staff. Let's take a look at five ways novated leasing can boost your business: 1. A tool in salary negotiations Attracting quality candidates is a tough...

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