Is 3 star safety satisfactory?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 5/11/2010 10:47:15 AM

In September we posted a blog about the real price of safety, taking a look at the cars that state they have 5 stars, yet require you to pay extra for that 5th star. This tweaked my curiosity to monitor the ANCAP safety ratings and I happened to come across something a little worrying.  Let’s start by stating the obvious. When searching for a vehicle for your fleet, what are some of the general features you look for? Possibly good fuel efficiency,  the number of airbags, i...

Driver education or ISA device?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 29/10/2010 10:50:18 AM

Over the past 6 months, the RTA has been trialling an Intelligent Speed Adaption (ISA) device that warns people when they are driving over the speed limit by beeping until they decrease their speed. According to the RTA, this device could help prevent 35 deaths and around 1500 injuries, although it is not going to be made a compulsory installation. The majority of the time, people know they are speeding. It’s hard to be 20km/h over the limit and not notice. So why do people speed? 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...

6 Steps to Great After Sales Service

Casey Cascarino - Client Services | 20/08/2010 11:33:36 AM

You’re having one of those days where nothing seems to be going your way. Then to top it off, your mobile phone/laptop/car/washing machine suddenly stops working. While trying your best to hold in your frustration, you call the after care number to see if someone there can help you fix your product. You wait for what seems like hours on hold, but just incase the next person out there has the same problem, you stay on the line. Then when someone finally speaks to you, they are rude, ...

Accident Management: The argument for outsourcing

Lauren Heerey - Accident Management Consultant | 22/07/2010 11:56:49 AM

A driver is on their way to a drop off point and has just pulled up at a set of lights, when “BANG”. Yep, the person texting on their mobile in the car behind has forgotten to brake. Unfortunately accidents are a part of life if your company has a large fleet. If you are responsible for your company’s fleet, what is the management process when an incident like this occurs? Obviously the first step is to make sure everyone is ok, but when the dust settles if you manag...

What is Unsafe Driving Costing Your Company?

Bowan Spanbroek - Marketing Co-ordinator | 5/07/2010 12:10:47 PM

Road accidents are now the most common form of work-related death, injury and absence from work in Australia (Safety climate & driver safety at work: integrating fleet management & OHS). The annual cost of road traffic injury is estimated to be over AU$500 million and related property damage increases this figure to over AU$1 billion (Travelsafe34, 2002) These two facts show the enormous social & financial impact unsafe driving practices have on Australia every year. With ...

5 Simple Steps to Stop Fuel Cards from Declining

Whitney Perret - Client Services Officer | 11/06/2010 12:39:52 PM

There is nothing more annoying than having a fuel card declined. As a driver reaching in to your own pocket to pay for fuel can be extremely inconvenient. Not to mention the lengthy reimbursement process where drivers are left out of pocket and the loss of the fuel card discount. If you’re in charge of your company’s fleet implement these five simple steps & avoid those fuel card dramas. They might seem obvious but they come directly from our client services officers who k...

5 Ways Small Business Can Benefit from Outsourcing Their Fleet Management

Bowan Spanbroek | 15/04/2010 2:50:02 PM

If your business has over 2 vehicles you could now consider it a fleet and get the benefits that come along with owning a fleet. Over the past decade fleet management companies have uncovered the small business market as a valuable prospect, creating innovative solutions that help small businesses cut down on their overheads and administration time. These days you don’t need 1000+ vehicles to benefit from outsourcing fleet management. Here are five ways small business can benefit fr...

Ford Say Goodbye to an Old Fleet Favourite the Falcon Wagon

Bowan Spanbroek | 31/03/2010 3:15:20 PM

Ford recently announced the deletion of the Ford Falcon Wagon by June, a fleet institution for large corporations such as Telstra. With no demand in the consumer market it’s been kept afloat by fleet sales since it’s the BA/BF models where released. Last year it only accounted for 2500 of the 31000 falcons sold in 2009 the majority of which came from business and government fleets. Fleet buyers loved this car because of its large boot space, safety and drivability. Anyone coul...

Mercedes Benz Sprinter NGT 2010: Workhorse on a green diet

Bowan Spanbroek | 3/03/2010 3:51:59 PM

The new Mercedes sprinter has been put on a greener leaner diet for 2010. Mercedes is revamping their efforts to introduce a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) version of their Sprinter to fleet customers, nine years after their previous attempt at CNG failed. The new Sprinter range comes in the traditional diesel and petrol version but now with the added option of a petrol CNG hybrid. Unlike Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) CNG is not dependant on oil, making it a viable fuel alternative for the fut...

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...

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 ...

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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