Are you distracting your own drivers?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 11/01/2013 12:20:53 PM

On my way home from the airport recently I took a shuttle bus to the city centre. While the trip was relatively uneventful, it did give me a major insight into how some commercial drivers (in this case a bus driver) are being distracted by their work. My driver, while very friendly and helpful, was constantly distracted by an array of pick up rosters, questions and comments from his radio and at one stage a full scale mobile phone call (no hands free kit). Surely this can’t go on and su...

Look mum no hands – Googles self-driving car

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 14/12/2012 12:29:30 PM

“You look at self-driving cars. You know a lot of people die, and there's a lot of wasted labour. The better transportation you have, the more choice in jobs.” Those were the words of much respected Larry Page on the topic of why Google is working on a self driving car. On reading the quote it appears that Page has over-cooked the explanation, a simple “It sounded like fun” would have covered it. Regardless of his and Googles motivations, its clear to all that mass...

Vehicle colour choice- impacts on depreciation and visibility

Kirsten Brent | 30/11/2012 2:02:49 PM

Choosing a colour for your new car is one of the most exciting aspects of buying a vehicle. Everyone has a different method when choosing their car’s colour – do you pick your favourite colour, or be practical and choose a common shade? This article focusses on the latter, as colour selection can actually affect your vehicle and safety in ways that may not be initially obvious.   Depreciation Most people don’t often think about car colour in relation to a ...

Summertime sadness- Heat related car problems

Rory Deegan – Online Marketing Executive | 23/11/2012 2:22:42 PM

Ah the summertime, a time when we sing lyrics like “when the living is easy”, “when the weather is high” and “Time to sit back and unwind”. Well, that’s all well and good, but what about those heat related vehicle problems, do we have a song for that? Sadly there is very little demand for a songs compelling us to check our tyres and cooling system, so we suppose a blog post will have to do. Jokes aside, heat related vehicle problems really do have the...

Tips on driver training and education

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 9/11/2012 2:34:07 PM

Right, so let’s get one thing straight right from the start. This is not an article about learning how to drive or learning how to drive in a new type vehicle like a motorbike or a heavy goods vehicle. This is an article all about education and training courses you may want to think about to get the most value from your fleet and fleet drivers. Equipping drivers with additional driving skills can mean the difference between cars and people in recovery or sales and delivery people on the...

Thinking points - The company pool cars

Department of Sales and Client Relations with Rory Deegan | 31/08/2012 2:08:57 PM

“Pool cars are amazing, they don’t need oil, maintenance or even cleaning”. Those were the tongue in cheek words of one of Fleetcare’s account managers. For the most part businesses pool cars (fleet cars which can be used by all authorised company drivers) get a raw deal. In many cases they don’t get the care and attention they need and at resale time businesses can lose thousands. Like many company kitchens; company cars are used and abused until somebody sets d...

Driving and behavioural change

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 24/08/2012 8:38:19 AM

Just this week French car maker Peugeot was hauled over the coals by the Advertising Standards Board. What was their offence? Could it be scantily clad ladies, perhaps some questionable claims about fuel efficiency or maybe it was some underestimation on the car price? Surprising as it may seem, their only offence was a hand being waved outside the vehicle in their recent advert for the 4008 SUV (pictured). Many will think this is a vast overreaction and many more will argue that Peugeots off...

Drink driving laws - the new landscape

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 17/08/2012 8:46:20 AM

"Alcohol is currently a factor in almost a third of crashes in which people are killed and seriously injured on Western Australian roads,'' those were the words of WA Police and Road Safety Minister, Liza Harvey. The minister delivered the frankly shocking statistic in an interview where she went on to explain the new crackdown on drink driving in the Wildflower State. The crackdown, which mainly rotates around the confiscating of licences before court cases, is one of many acros...

The road trip checklist

Fleetcare Government Department and Rory Deegan | 3/08/2012 9:01:38 AM

Ah, the road trip. We’ve all had one, hated one, loved one or just had one we simply could not avoid. In Australia, like in the US, the long haul car trip is an institution with its own traditions and unique culture. Done well, it can be an enjoyable way to see the Australian bush and countryside. Done poorly and you’ll be at the mercy of the emergency services. With this in mind we took to creating a road trip checklist to help all those new at the experience.   The li...

Accident repairs and insurance - A helpful guide

Lauren Heerey and the Fleetcare Accident Management Department | 27/07/2012 9:11:15 AM

Repair and insurance It’s the guide nobody wants to see. Along with our guide on write offs this one on how to bring your car back to full health is one you don’t want to end up using.  Be that as it may, guides are a massive help should the unfortunate event come to pass. Having a guide can act as a stabilising force at a very unnerving time.   The timeline While the timeline may change depending on the circumstances, it is important to be aware of a rough tim...

Road safety initiatives in the spotlight - Western Australia

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 15/06/2012 9:52:32 AM

“This is a very, very long ad, is it even an ad?” that was the response of a friend of mine to the recent Enjoy the ride ad from Road Safety WA. So is there real value in these adverts and the road safety initiatives behind them? Do they deliver on their spend? It has long been established that finding out what has been causing the gradual decrease in road fatalities is close to impossible. Everyone from the vehicle manufacturers to the roadside landscaping companies can claim tha...

Ten things you might not have known about ANCAP

Michael Hunt and Rory Deegan | 8/06/2012 10:08:41 AM

Have you ever seen those little stars at the bottom of a car review? Ok, so you know what they are, and you know they're from ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) but have you any idea of the ins and outs of how cars are tested? While many will have seen the super slow-mo collisions, not many will have heard some of the intricate details of the tests. This week we look for ten of the most interesting elements behind these important tests and how they are run.    ...

The write-off write up - What happens after the tow

Accident Management Department and Rory Deegan | 31/05/2012 10:14:55 AM

You're sitting with a look of shock and desperation on your face. Your airbag is draped around your legs after successfully cushioning your head. Where to now? For many, this event has a very serious chance of happening and as such we should all be prepared. The usual safety checks are well documented so we wanted to tell you what happens after your car leaves on the tow truck. This week we want to focus on specific circumstances where a car is completely written off. A write off, in plai...

Breaking in a new vehicle - A quick guide

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/05/2012 10:19:49 AM

You’re in your new car. Your finance has cleared and you're ready to go. All of a sudden the dealer’s mechanic makes the “wind your windows down” signal. Prepare yourself, he or she is about to potentially take all the fun out of your first 1000km. As annoying or overcautious as this advice may seem, the mechanic is doing you a huge favour.  Poor care during the first thousand or so kilometres can have a real knock on effects for the cars future performance. ...

Kick starting the debate on lemon laws

Michael Hunt and Rory Deegan | 20/04/2012 10:58:45 AM

“We pluck the lemons; you get the plums.” Pulled from a VW advert circa 1950 this is possibly one of the first mentions of the term “lemon” to describe a car which doesn’t live up to purchaser expectations. The question of what to do once you find out you have bought a “lemon” has persisted the world over. Add to this the fact that the topic itself has become something of a legal lucky dip depending on where you live.   What are Lemon Laws?...

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