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...

The Australian auto industry - Where to now?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 7/12/2012 1:53:10 PM

2012 will be remembered by Australian car people as the year the car sales market bounced back, but what about the locally made Australian cars? The surprising fact is that locally built car sales were up on 2011, however as a portion of the total sales they are down slightly. What's most worrying is the general sales trend.  Locally made cars as a percentage of total sales have been falling for years now, and the current range of locally made cars are not turning the tide. Add to th...

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...

A note on the calculators involved in a novated lease

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 12/10/2012 3:12:01 PM

Making a big purchase decision is both a time consuming and resource consuming activity. When it comes to the tools you use to prepare for the purchase analysis it’s important you know what can offer an insight and what cannot. It’s equally important to understand specifically what each tool will tell you and whether or not the results will bring you usable information. With all this in mind we thought we would write up a quick note on the use of both a novated lease calculator an...

Expanding your vehicle fleet –Some top tips to manage fleet growth

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 5/10/2012 3:20:27 PM

For many, the transition from one or two company vehicles to a full fleet can be slow, careful and easy to manage. For many others however, this process can be sudden and scaling up in a very short time period can cause real difficulty. When a significant number of new vehicles are added, spotting problems, maintenance issues and even fraud can become a real chore. In these cases the slow trickle of receipts from one or two cars turns into a flood of receipts and information on many new vehic...

The Modest Odometer

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 28/09/2012 3:24:38 PM

So it sits there, glaring back at us, pleading with us to explore it, understand it and get some use from it. We, on the other hand, ignore it and move on with our daily lives. “It” is the vehicle odometer figure which we, on most occasions, routinely ignore. For the most part ignoring the many seemingly random figures it presents is normal. However occasionally there is something to be learned from the figures under our nose. So what can they offer? This week we set out to find o...

Vehicle imports examined - China

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 21/09/2012 3:29:59 PM

"One Chinese newcomer to the local car market is racing out of the showrooms and defying critics sceptical of cheap imports". Those were the words of a Channel Ten News presenter covering a special report on Great Wall Motors, a relatively new entrant to the Australian vehicle market. Leaving aside the curiously high level of enthusiasm in this report from April 2011, we decided to look into the facts and figures behind these relatively new players. Were we witnessing a meteoric ris...

The top selling cars under the microscope - fuel economy

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 14/09/2012 3:41:31 PM

This Olympic season we were all introduced to something new. This year’s Olympic medal table got looked at through many new lenses, including medals per head of population, medals per funding dollar and so on. This got us thinking; perhaps we should take a deeper look at the usual top selling vehicles with a little more depth? With this in mind we decided to take the top 30 selling vehicles and make a list of the 10 least fuel efficient of the bunch. The list rules Usi...

Changing Times - Logbooks and FBT

Michael Hunt and Rory Deegan | 7/09/2012 1:47:15 PM

2011 and 2012 were years of big change in the Australian tax landscape. The headlines were grabbed by new costs on carbon and proposals for mining profits taxes. While all this was happening a major shift also occurred in the area of FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax). In short the new situation will see the rates of FBT flattened to 20% across all kilometre ranges from 1 April 2014. What made the change remarkable was the fact that the previous system actually granted drivers lower rates as a res...

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...

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...

Petrol vs LPG - a fair fight?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/07/2012 9:24:04 AM

So we’ve done other comparisons, we’ve looked into the differences between petrol types and we've reviewed many models. However, not yet have we compared Petrol with its much discussed competitor; LPG. LPG or liquefied petroleum gas has been an alternative to petrol for a long time however it has never truly dented petrol’s dominance of the fuel marketplace. Currently there are only two major manufacturers, Ford and Holden, making the vehicles (not including conversions)...

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...

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. ...

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