5 safety tips for country Christmas driving

Bowan Spanbroek | 17/12/2009 4:09:15 PM

Christmas is a great time of year to venture out into the Australian countryside for a break with the family. So please read these 5 simple tips to ensure you have a safe and happy Christmas trip. 1. Turning off the road. When turning right, across traffic, have your wheels pointed straight ahead rather than right. This way, if hit from behind you will not be knocked into oncoming traffic. 2. Road Trains. Impatience with large trucks has caused many road fatalities in the past. Never...

10 reasons why your fleet needs GPS tracking

Bowan Spanbroek | 11/12/2009 8:34:29 AM

GPS Fleet Tracking 101 GPS tracking uses a satellite linked device to update vehicle information at regular intervals (usually around 20sec). Information includes, date, time, location (latitude & longitude) heading direction, altitude and travelling speed. This information is then delivered to the fleet manager, keeping managers updated on their fleet’s status 24 hours a day 7 days a week, from anywhere with an internet connection. GPS software packages come equipped with a...

Is the auto industry climbing back up the mountain or tripping over an anthill?

Bowan Spanbroek | 9/12/2009 8:43:07 AM

With the release of the October figures from ABS the automotive industry looks as if it’s turning around. October marked the third consecutive month of growth with a 3.7% increase for new car sales. Encouraged by the extension of the small to medium business tax rebate, business’s rather than consumers seem to be fueling this sales resurgence. This is positive news when compared to our British counterparts who sustained a drop of 6.7% in new car production compared to October ...

Tarriff Cuts: Will Mazda zoom ahead in 2010?

Bowan Spanbroek | 27/11/2009 8:46:14 AM

January 1st could be bringing more than a champagne induced headache for car companies operating under the current Free Trade Agreement. An importation tariff cut of 5% is being introduced in the New Year. This will further flatten the playing field for those companies that import their entire car line outside of the Free Trade area such as Mazda and Porsche. The tariff reduction is from 10% to 5%, giving importers one of two options, pass on the savings to consumers or increase their pro...

Fleet Safety: Are you steering your company towards a productivity iceberg?

Bowan Spanbroek | 17/11/2009 8:48:32 AM

We all know the tragic price families and friends pay because of mobile phone usage on the road. But now there is another cost being identified, the loss in productivity for big business. You could be sailing along fine at the moment but all fleet managers should stop and peer into the distance to avoid a productivity disaster. What does the iceberg look like? Heinrich’s Accident Pyramid proposes that for every 300 unsafe acts, 29 minor injuries and one major injury occur. A recent ...

Holden’s Incredible Hulk

Bowan Spanbroek | 21/10/2009 8:54:10 AM

This year Edward Norton and Lou Farigno aren’t the only one showing off some green muscle. Holden’s new ‘MY10’ Commodore takes a progressive step away from previous gas guzzling models with a greener, more powerful 210kw engine. Who says that the environmentally friendly driver has to sip chai latte and drive a Hybrid? Holden’s new SIDI technology (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) reduces previous carbon emission rates by a whopping 12%. This allows those of ...

5 steps to reduce fleet emissions

Bowan Spanbroek | 21/10/2009 8:50:57 AM

The prospect of saving on operating costs and reducing your carbon footprint is too good to pass up. By implementing these five simple steps you can reduce your fleet overheads while enhancing your company’s environmental image. 1. Measure Your Fleet – Obtain an accurate picture of you current emissions rate. Gaining a clear and accurate picture of your company’s current emission output is obviously the first step in reducing carbon emissions and saving your companies ru...

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