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...

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...

Collision avoidance systems a fleet managers new best friend

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/01/2012 1:44:22 PM

“The next thing I know my Mercedes had stopped, without hitting the car in front of me.” Those were the words of Google Senior Vice President, Vic Gundotra, who described his experience with collision avoidance technology in this YouTube video. Collision avoidance technology is quickly becoming a very serious selling point for some very forward thinking vehicle manufacturers. With this in mind we turn our attention this week to examples of this new and emerging technology and what...

Volkswagen fight for number 1 spot

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/11/2011 2:22:05 PM

It was 11.09am on a hot Perth morning at the VW drive day, my palms were sweaty and my heart was pounding, I was facing my first ever slalom time trial and I was nervous. As it turns out I posted an average speed and my trial went off without incident but that was just an aside. In the time waiting for my run at the course I had learned just how exciting VW and its future really is.   VW progress In the past few years VW has been growing its market share, slowly and quietly, in...

The Electric Car - Where to now?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 19/08/2011 9:51:23 AM

"With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015". Those were the words of US president Barack Obama during his state of the Union speech in January of this year (2011). But is this a modest or ambitious goal? This week I set out to find out more about electric vehicles; their past, their present and their future with a specific fleet focus.    A ...

Hybrid vs Diesel - a new auto comparison

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 22/07/2011 10:29:44 AM

Like everyone who stares blankly at listings on car sales websites, I too am overcome with the sheer level of choice. From hatchback to convertible, manual to automatic and all the other choice criteria the number of options for the car seeker can become very confusing. While most of these options are fairly self explanatory there are a few which always confuse in terms of a definite winner. The choice of diesel versus hybrid is, for me, top of this confusion pile. Why buy eithe...

GPS and Fleet Management

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/05/2011 2:02:55 PM

Since the American military released its first satellites in the “Block 1” launches back in 1979 the world of navigation has been forever altered. Long ago drivers relied on maps, intuition and local knowledge to get to customers and deliveries. Today when we peer into a police car or taxi we will see an entire dashboard of navigation and communication devices. Global positioning systems have changed the way we navigate, plan and forecast our own personal and business lives, but h...

Does green really equal clean?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 10/03/2011 2:47:29 PM

Over the last few years we’ve seen the introduction of the ‘green’ car by the majority of large car manufacturers. The new way to show that you are doing your bit for the environment has been to get yourself one of these machines. Not only are you cutting your CO2 emissions, but you’re also getting more km’s out of your tank. Now really, who doesn’t like that? When you need to get somewhere (particularly a fair distance away) do you think “how muc...

The rise of in-car technology

Cliona Kenneally - Marketing & Brand Manager | 11/02/2011 3:34:19 PM

In 1929, American Paul Galvin, the head of Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, invented the first car radio. Customers were required to purchase the radio separately with the car as the first car radios were not available from car makers. Imagine how many people would cause a riot if they were told today that their car radios have to be purchased independently! Its hard to believe just how far we've come since then. Here at the Fleet Beat Blog we love hearing about all the gadgetry in n...

Driverless Cars - the future of automobiles?

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 3/02/2011 3:37:23 PM

Old movies like Back to the Future or TV series Knight Rider presented futuristic scenarios featuring flying or even talking cars. While outside of the movies we may not be quite there yet,  we are however taking a huge leap in the automobile industry with our latest breakthrough sensation – the robo-car. Yes, the robo-car. They are the vehicles built with their very own ‘brain’. However, unlike our organically compounded human brain, their artificial intelligence i...

Misfuelling - The cost to fleets

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 8/10/2010 11:01:13 AM

With an ever increasing choice at the petrol pump and an array of coloured nozzles, some only slightly different, it can be easy to confuse Unleaded 91 for Unleaded 95 or even 98 (I know I always have to triple check what I’m putting in). Sure, it’s ok if you get the unleadeds mixed up every now and again, but what if you drive a diesel car? For fleet drivers who change from petrol cars to diesel cars regularly, it’s pretty easy to get mixed up. And if you’re quietly t...

Speed Cameras: Life savers or money makers?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 17/09/2010 11:13:17 AM

Recently in some UK counties, fixed speed cameras have been switched off due to cost cutting. In some states in Australia they have been introduced (WA being the newest recipient). If they save lives, why switch them off? If they don’t save lives, why have them?   Do speed cameras really save lives? Research in the UK has shown that there has been a 70% reduction in speeding at fixed speed camera sites (caradvice.com.au). However, what is to say that people don’t ju...

Mobile Apps Changing the Way We Drive

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 13/08/2010 11:37:20 AM

Ever seen Kitt from KnightRider in action and wished you had a car like that?  It might have seemed like a fantasy 20 years ago, but with technology these days it seems a car like this might not be too far off! The capability of the mobile phone is ever increasing, and now they can impact the way you use your car. With their downloadable applications you can now drive safer, reduce your carbon footprint and even find where you parked your car (when you could have sworn you parked in bay ...

Holden Caltex and the Victorian Government Create Alternative Fuel Consortium to Introduce E85 Fuel Network

Bowan Spanbroek | 25/03/2010 3:23:15 PM

The bio-fuel cars of tomorrow could be closer than we think with the Victorian government recently announcing the formation of a consortium including, Caltex, Holden, & Coskata. The group will investigate the viability of creating an ethanol production plant in Victoria. This plant could produce up to 200 million litres of ethanol annually for cars powered on the ethanol based bio-fuel E85. This alternative fuel consists of 85% ethanol and 15% regular petrol and has various positive effec...

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