Cutting down Christmas car time

Mark Schneider | 11/12/2017 8:00:00 AM

Christmas holidays are a time of joy and happiness, of families coming together to share some quality time and relax. Or at least that's how it's meant to be. But when you're stuck in traffic stretching out to eternity and the guy in the car in front of you is swearing and waving his fist at the driver in the car in the other lane it's all too easy to forget all that. The traffic during the festive season can really put a dampener on the fun and frivolity and the car is on...

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Safer stowing makes for happy holidays

Mark Schneider | 8/12/2017 2:17:33 PM

Happy holidays begin with a well-packed car. Luggage that's packed to the roof, blocking your rear vision while the kids are crammed in between the last minute odds and ends is a recipe for a stressful, miserable journey and a possible disaster. Badly packed cars are dangerous. For starters, packing your holiday gear to the roof will impair your vision. You really do need to know what's going on around you when you're on the road at all times. Find out more ...

A Fleetcare Christmas Tale

Mark Schneider | 7/12/2017 9:59:52 AM

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Except in Hahndorf, South Australia, where Santa's best-laid plans went sadly pear-shaped last Christmas Eve. But happily for Santa, Fleetcare Accident Management was there to help him just when he needed it most. There was Santa racing around Hahndorf delivering presents right on schedule with everything going smoothly. Then all of a sudden directions to the reindeers were mi...

Christmas crashes needn't be calamitous

Mark Schneider | 6/12/2017 8:54:03 AM

It's that time of year again. The weather's warming-up, the cricket's on the TV again and our thoughts are turning to Christmas shopping, holidays and getting together with friends and family. It should be a happy time for all, of course, but all too often the festive season is marred by accidents, and especially accidents on the road. In fact the Christmas holidays are notorious for car crashes. Increased traffic, distractions, tiredness and even stress can turn into a d...

Can using seat belts wrongly cause injury?

Mark Schneider | 5/12/2017 2:46:02 PM

Modern cars come packed with an impressive array of safety devices designed to prevent accidents in the first place and to protect the driver and passengers should one still happen. But one of the most vital pieces of safety equipment is actually one of the oldest. It's the seat belt. The three-point seat belt was invented by Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin in 1958 and became standard equipment in Volvos the following year. Seat belts have undergone quite a bit of change since then w...

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Five things to remember for designated drivers

Mark Schneider | 27/11/2017 11:09:46 AM

Christmas may be the season of goodwill, relaxing and getting together with family and friends, but it's also one of the most dangerous times on our roads. In fact the Australian Transport Safety Bureau tell us that more passengers, women and children under 15 are killed during Christmas holidays than at any other time of the year. One of the biggest causes of road crashes at this, or any other time, is alcohol. It's only natural that most of us let our hair down over the festive ...

Three ways Fleetcare maintenance and servicing saves you big dollars

Mark Schneider | 22/11/2017 11:47:48 AM

Some myths die hard. Heard the one about the guy who went on holiday in Bolivia, went out on the town then mysteriously woke up in an ice-filled bath minus one kidney? It's been doing the rounds for decades and it's a load of old nonsense of course. Here's another one: Fleetcare must be making big margins on its repairs and maintenance service because ... well because that's their business, right? So if I shop around myself I'm bound to get a better deal than they can ...

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6 Employee incentives that don't cost the earth

Mark Schneider | 17/11/2017 10:54:05 AM

Quality employees are the heart and soul of any successful business and keeping your staff motivated and their morale high makes good business sense. It pays to remind them that their contribution is appreciated and to appropriately reward their hard work and diligence. But how do you do that without it costing the earth? Here are six employee incentives that won't cost your business the earth: 1. Team building days Team building days are a great way to add some fun to any wor...

Fleetcare launch Fleetmanager BI

Lania Mason | 9/11/2017 9:41:38 AM

On Tuesday 24th October 2017, Fleetcare launched Fleetmanager BI. Fleetmanager BI is Fleetcare’s business intelligence and reporting tool, integrated into the Fleetmanager portal. Fleetmanager BI gives client’s the strategic edge, providing critical fleet insights to help control expenditure and increase efficiency. Fleet managers will be able to see key fleet data in a single snap-shot each time they log into Fleetmanager, with the ability to drill down easily and explo...

Four quick tips for sorting out the Bluetooth blues

Mark Schneider | 2/11/2017 8:36:00 AM

Bluetooth technology is one of the wonders of the technological age, wirelessly connecting electronic devices so they can exchange data instantly when they're close together. It's simple to set up and use and it's made file sharing between computers a whole lot easier. It's been an absolute boon for hearing aid users, enabling them to connect hearing aids directly to smart phones and landlines. And of course it's revolutionised your car's communications a...

Life gets easier with a fully maintained novated lease

Mark Schneider | 30/10/2017 8:28:53 AM

Shocks and vehicles shouldn’t go together. Nothing about your life with vehicles should leave your mouth agape, or your eyes twitching under the weight of fresh tears. Vehicles ownership should be predictable, reliable and consistent. Yes, of course, we love the excitement around sports cars, SUV’s and hot hatches, but we draw the line at shocks, we don’t like them at all. We’re not even talking the most obvious shocks here, we’re not even thinking ...

5 signs it's time to upgrade your company vehicles

Mark Schneider | 26/10/2017 11:13:09 AM

If a week is a long time in politics, five years can be an eternity in the development of car technology. It's moving at a breathtaking pace. Features that once seemed unimaginably advanced, such as blind spot detection and adaptive cruise control will soon be standard equipment on even the cheapest vehicles. If you run a business then it pays to keep up-to-date with the latest vehicles, not just because you're missing out on the latest features on offer, but because those older v...

6 easy steps to a novated lease for your next car

Mark Schneider | 16/10/2017 9:16:23 AM

Salary sacrificing is the smart way to get your hands on more of the goods and services you need while keeping more money in your pocket each pay day. It does that because those goods and services are paid for out of your pre-tax income, not your pay after it's been taxed. Owning a car is probably one of your biggest financial commitments, so when you salary sacrifice a car through a novated lease, those savings really add-up. Perhaps you already know about the benefits of novated...

To lease or to buy?

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 15/10/2017 8:50:21 AM

A successful company who depends on the efficient running of their fleet requires vehicles which are reliable and safe – that some older models do not demonstrate. But before you go in search of your perfect new addition, you need to think about how you are going to finance it. This raises that age old chestnut; is it better to buy or to lease? Buying When you buy you pay for the entire cost of a vehicle and acquire full ownership. Pros One day you will be free of ca...

Put away your cash and credit cards. Why fuel cards are better for business.

Mark Schneider | 10/10/2017 9:49:14 AM

It was Benjamin Franklin who famously observed that time is money. Old Ben was one clever fella so if he were around today he'd be sure to have fuel cards. Why? Because the right fuel cards are the perfect way to save both time and money when you're out and about on the road. Let's take a look at how fuel cards stacks up against the way you're paying for fuel now, and why it beats cash, credit cards and shopper dockets hands-down. Fuel cards vs cash Paying for fuel...

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