Blending in too well - ethanol in Australia

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 20/07/2012 9:17:31 AM

Another week, another fuel article. We could be criticised for going into so much depth about one topic if it weren’t for the increasing public demand for alternatives to the petrol status quo. This week we turned our attention to ethanol. Whilst ethanol is an alternative to regular petrol, it does not fit into a like for like comparison like LPG or diesel does. This is because the fuel can be blended with other fuels (most notably petrol) to work with multiple engine types. The most pr...

The high octane debate, what petrol are you?

Fleetcare Fuel team and Maintenece team with Rory Deegan | 22/06/2012 9:47:45 AM

So we’ve all been there, staring blankly at the pump and thinking to ourselves “91 or 95?”. Despite how confusing this may look the explanation is relatively simple. The higher the number, the higher the level of octane. Most petrol engines can accept all types of petrol, however more and more manufactures are recommending specific types. It’s also worth pointing out that there are other specialist petrol fuels available which don’t trade only on their octane lev...

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.    ...

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. ...

Vehicle recalls - the need to know guide

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 12/04/2012 11:03:02 AM

"This can result in the electrical system malfunctioning, the vehicle failing to start and, in some cases, charring or fire,". Those were the words of BMW on their most recent recall of around 1.3 million vehicles. While this latest recall is not the largest or most dangerous on record it does give us a chance to discuss the subject. Indeed it's this very subject which gives car designers and fleet managers unending nightmares the world over.   What to do when your ve...

The other problems with speeding

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 30/03/2012 11:18:39 AM

“Almost 50 trucks with tampered speed limiters have been netted in three separate operations and NSW police say it's a 'systemic issue' for the industry.” That was the opening paragraph of an article from the Herald Sun on the recent tampered limiters truck fiasco. While it’s uncommon for fleet cars to have speed inhibitors, the story still makes uncomfortable reading for all fleet managers. This week we take a look at the lesser known issues and potential soluti...

Australia’s top ten most fuel efficient vehicles

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 23/03/2012 11:26:21 AM

You’ve been there before, staring at the pumps with the price going higher and higher all the while thinking to yourself; “wasn’t I here just yesterday”? Just this week warnings have rippled all around Australia on the subject of fuel prices. In this environment the statistic of litres per 100km has been getting a lot more air time at the water cooler. With this, and a healthy curiosity towards the subject, we set out to discover what cars were capable of running on a ...

Going green – The next steps to a greener fleet

Fleetcare Maintenance and Government Teams with Rory Deegan | 15/03/2012 11:36:28 AM

The 24th of June 2010 was a big day for Australia. Julia Gillard was sworn into office with the help of a handful of independents and, most importantly, the Australian Green Party. Suddenly ambitious green policies become a real prospect. Tax concessions for green fleet managers are currently thin on the ground however in the current political environment this may not remain the case. While the concept of including car drivers in any carbon policy is not currently on the table it is still ver...

Route planning - Your directions to lower costs

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 8/03/2012 11:43:20 AM

We all know the feeling, you’re on a road, in the middle of nowhere, with some very poor directions. You’ve been trying to coordinate both your map and your notes, but things are not going well. While satellite navigation systems have eliminated a lot of the problems in this area, it is still relatively easy to get lost. Proper route planning has never been easier but in a strange twist of fate its seems that the skill itself is dying out. This week we look at some smart ways to s...

"Must drive better" - A guide to motivating your fleet drivers

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 1/03/2012 11:54:30 AM

Like any matter of the mind, motivation and its causes is a highly debated and at times confusing subject matter. As a fleet manager motivating drivers and other stakeholders to do the right thing, or avoid the wrong thing can be a real challenge. Providing the carrot can be difficult now that costs are tight and constantly using the stick becomes meaningless once it’s overused. So what are fleet managers to do?   Motivate to do the right thing Here fleet mangers need to ...

A drivers guide to mobile phone use

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/01/2012 12:43:07 PM

Everything used to be so simple; a driver would set out on his or her journey and promise to call the office or house for further instructions or updates when they had reached their destination. With the possible exception of worrying about where to find a pay phone, drivers had very little to think about when it came to phones within their vehicles. Oh how things have changed. From the retro car phone to the modern day smart phone, in car communication has come a long way. With all this beha...

Buying second hand cars for Novated Leases

Fleetcare Novated Lease Team and Rory Deegan | 18/01/2012 12:55:41 PM

Did you know that it is possible to salary sacrifice a second hand car with novated leasing? However, as with any new car or outright second hand purchase, it is important to do your research before salary packaging any vehicle. We have put together a second hand vehicle buying checklist along with a few other tips so you have peace of mind when leasing a second hand vehicle. The second hand checklist Do your research – Knowing what to expect from a vehicle i...

Holiday driving a non-crash course

Rory Deegan and the Fleetcare Maintenance Team | 22/12/2011 1:50:23 PM

Beach parties, Santa hats, work holidays and the highest number of road fatalities for any 5 day period in the entire year, welcome to the Christmas holidays. While most of us enjoy our annual rituals and customs which come with the festive season, our high Christmas road deaths have, in our recent history, become something of an inevitability. The figures have decreased and the messages of caution are slowly but surely being listened to by an ordinarily sceptical Australian public, but more ...

Preparing for the worst – Planning for accidents

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 16/12/2011 1:55:32 PM

“I just froze, I had no idea of what to do. In my panic I scanned my thoughts for any piece of advice I had ever received about dealing with a car crash, but I couldn’t think of anything”. Those are the words of a shaken Adelaide resident who was involved in a minor vehicle collision earlier this year. The unfortunate fact is that very few people are in fact prepared for the worst and even fewer have a fool proof company procedure for dealing with collisions or car accidents...

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