Doctors campaign to make Autonomous Emergency Braking standard

Mark Schneider | 25/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

Picture this: you’re driving the kids to school in stop-start peak hour traffic on the freeway and it’s already been a difficult start to the day. The kids are squabbling and carrying on in the back seat and all of a sudden there’s the sound of slapping, a scream and crying. Instinctively you turn around to tell them to sit quietly, stop fighting and behave themselves - or else. And as you turn back round to the front you discover the car in front has stopped and you...

5 Top Tips To Stay Safe On The Roads This Festive Season

David Michie | 21/12/2015 8:00:00 AM

With the festive season upon us, many Australians will be taking to the roads to visit family members, go on holiday or celebrate with friends. And it’s a tragic fact that every year people die on the roads at this time of the year for reasons that are entirely preventable. How can you navigate your way happily and safely through the holiday season? Fleetcare,the leading fleet management company, offers the following advice: 1. Take driver fatigue seriously Around a quarter ...

Speeding around the world series - China

Mark Schneider | 24/09/2015 12:28:38 PM

With its crowded streets and clogged roads, China might seem an unlikely place to get a speeding ticket, but China has a lot of road deaths and the government is cracking down on bad drivers, with speeding and alcohol a major focus. China relies heavily on speed cameras to detect speeders, so rather than being pulled over by a traffic cop with all lights flashing, you’re likely to receive a ticket in the mail with a demand for payment if you’re caught speeding. Or perhaps ...

Vehicle Thefts At Record Lows In Australia

Mark Schneider | 16/09/2015 10:31:48 AM

There’s some good news and bad news in figures on car theft in Australia. The good news is that car theft is at its lowest since records started in the 1970s, with 52,000 cars stolen in 2013/14 according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council. That’s a big reduction from the peak year of 2000-2001, when 142,000 cars were stolen across the country. The bad news is that “professional” vehicle theft – where vehicles are stolen and not recovere...

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Speeding around the world series - Germany

Mark Schneider | 9/09/2015 8:38:49 AM

Speed kills, but not on Germany’s autobahns Speed limits have been in the news in Australia lately with the controversy over the Northern Territory’s decision to expand open speed limits, but how do Australia’s speed limits compare with the rest of the world? Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking a look at speeding around the world, starting with those freewheeling Germans with their famous autobahns where you can barrel down the road at any speed you like. O...

Australians still love their SUVs

Mark Schneider | 2/09/2015 3:08:10 PM

Australians’ love of SUVs shows no signs of cooling if the latest new car sales figures are any indication. While sales grew by around 3% overall in July 2015, SUV sales were up by no less than 13.4% for the month, contributing to an overall increase of 13.7% year-on-year. Where once sedans such as the Falcon or Commodore, or perhaps their station wagon equivalents, were the natural choice for the family’s set of wheels, today the SUV seems the natural choice. So what&...

A brief history of vehicle safety

Mark Schneider | 14/07/2015 12:09:01 PM

Ever since Nicholas Joseph-Cugnot’s steam powered automobile crashed into a wall in 1771 in the world’s first automobile accident, improving vehicle safety has been a concern for manufacturers, legislators and the travelling public alike. Find out more Find out more Some safety features go back a surprisingly long way - like safety glass - which became standard on Fords from 1930. E...

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The high cost of ignoring your car’s servicing

Mark Schneider | 8/07/2015 2:04:44 PM

If money’s too tight to mention and your vehicle’s scheduled service is looming large then you may be thinking that stretching that service out a little longer may be a sensible budgeting measure. Well think again, because the money you save on servicing in the short term can cost you heaps in the long term in many, many ways. Find out more Find out more Modern cars are extremel...

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Is your car in the airbag recall?

Mark Schneider | 8/07/2015 2:04:39 PM

With more than 50 million cars and 10 vehicle makers involved, the Takata airbag recall is now the biggest vehicle recall in the history of motoring. Airbags are an essential part of any car’s safety system, but in the case of Takata’s faulty product, the device designed to protect drivers and passengers has in some cases killed them. At least six deaths have been blamed on the faulty airbags, though thankfully there have been none in Australia so far. What’s causing...

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Grey fleet vehicle blues could leave you in the red

Mark Schneider | 22/05/2015 11:10:18 AM

If your business runs a vehicle fleet than you're probably aware of the OH&S responsibilities you have to your employees and your potential liabilities to them and other road users in an accident involving one of your vehicles. But you may not be aware that you're also potentially liable for accidents caused by vehicles used on behalf of your business, whether you own them or not. They're known as "grey fleet" vehicles and they include any vehicle owned by a staf...

Will bad maintenance wreck your business?

Mark Schneider | 17/04/2015 12:46:15 PM

Vehicle maintenance matters a lot. As a business owner you have a clear obligation to provide a safe working environment for your employees, an obligation that extends to the vehicles they drive. Any crash caused by your poor maintenance resulting in injury or death could leave you liable, or partially liable. Not only that, but if you are found to be liable under state and federal work safe legislation then you're open for lawsuits and compensation in the civil courts. Consider these...

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How to protect your car from wild winter weather

Kirsten Brent | 28/04/2014 3:26:23 PM

Although it’s not quite winter yet, cold and stormy conditions have well and truly arrived in many parts of Australia. While the wild weather wreaks havoc on both our cities and rural areas, one asset that can sometimes be difficult to protect is our vehicles. If you don’t have an undercover area at home or have to park your car outside at work, you can still protect your car from costly storm damage using some of our handy tips below. We also take a look at important steps to tak...

Your guide to handling road works

Kirsten Brent | 21/10/2013 12:08:17 PM

We’ve all been there – driving along happily in free flowing traffic, only to see the long line of brake lights approaching. Then you see the lines of witches’ hats, flashing lights screaming out “road works ahead – expect delays” and workers holding “slow” or “stop” signs. You’ve hit the dreaded road works that you are likely to encounter on any trip through any major Australian city. Although being stuck in road works ca...

How to be prepared for any vehicle mishap

Kirsten Brent | 15/10/2013 10:16:25 AM

You know that old boy scout saying, “Always be prepared”? This statement couldn’t ring more true than when discussing vehicles and car travel. Anything from a flat tyre, minor damage to your car, an injury or spill can be a major inconvenience, but can also prove dangerous if you aren’t prepared. Worse still, if you are unlucky enough to be involved in a car accident, planning ahead can prove crucial. This article is all about expecting the unexpected when driving and ...

Walk ride drive: Safety tips for interacting with other road users

Kirsten Brent | 18/04/2013 10:08:19 AM

The roads are home to a wide variety of people and vehicles – pedestrians, cyclists, cars, trucks, motorcycles – the list goes on. With so many users vying for space on the roads, it is no wonder that some drivers get confused and overwhelmed by rules and etiquette when dealing with other road users.   To avoid this uncertainty leading to road rage or accidents, it is important to be aware of how to share the road with pedestrians and other motorists. We have some tips for dri...

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