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...

The death of a car brand – 5 interesting car brand obituaries

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 1/03/2013 1:21:15 PM

Look online for dead car brands and you’ll see something remarkable; there’s hundreds of them. Hundreds of people throughout the years have built interesting but ultimately doomed car brands. Some have lasted more than a lifetime and some have barley even got their first car off the assembly line. After looking at the phenomenon we decided to make a list of the 5 most interesting car brand deaths. From the spectacular to the slow and painful we’ve covered a good number of to...

What maketh a road?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 22/02/2013 1:28:43 PM

In parts they are as wide as a football pitch and they cover the country in a seemingly endless network, but ask most how they are made and you’re greeted with blank stares. Like most areas, knowing more about roads, their variety and their composition can help you as a driver to manage your own experience on the roads. This is especially true when it comes to smaller and unsealed country roads. This week we looked at all things bitumen to understand a little more about the many veins a...

The know how guides – Changing a wheel

Maintenance department and Rory Deegan | 15/02/2013 1:34:12 PM

For many a flat tyre is an absolute nightmare, just the thought of pulling to the side of the road on a wet and windy day is enough to make most grimace. For the experienced hand the whole thing can be done in under 5 minutes, however for the novice it can be intimidating enough to ruin an entire day. While many feel confident and secure about changing a wheel, there are many who feel worried that one simple mistake could cause a serious calamity. While in many cases these people can rely on ...

Car security explored

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 8/02/2013 1:39:30 PM

With the exception of the 2011/12 financial year, car thefts have been falling for the past 10 years. Like the dramatic falls in car related fatalities, huge improvements have been seen in the area but as long as cars are still being stolen and unrecoved there is still room for improvement. With all that in mind we thought we would go through some of the important features which may help in your efforts to protect your car.   What are the most popular/standard features? The sta...

The connected car

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 1/02/2013 1:47:20 PM

For many a “connected car” means plugging your smart phone into the cigarette lighter/charger or, if you’re lucky connecting your car and phone via Bluetooth. In car information systems vary from poor to downright archaic. I can’t tell you how many new or near new cars I’ve driven which wouldn’t even give me information on my litres per 100km figure. So whats going on? Why are our favourite vehicles so far behind a device as small as a smartphone?   ...

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...

Look mum no hands – Googles self-driving car

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 14/12/2012 12:29:30 PM

“You look at self-driving cars. You know a lot of people die, and there's a lot of wasted labour. The better transportation you have, the more choice in jobs.” Those were the words of much respected Larry Page on the topic of why Google is working on a self driving car. On reading the quote it appears that Page has over-cooked the explanation, a simple “It sounded like fun” would have covered it. Regardless of his and Googles motivations, its clear to all that mass...

Vehicle colour choice- impacts on depreciation and visibility

Kirsten Brent | 30/11/2012 2:02:49 PM

Choosing a colour for your new car is one of the most exciting aspects of buying a vehicle. Everyone has a different method when choosing their car’s colour – do you pick your favourite colour, or be practical and choose a common shade? This article focusses on the latter, as colour selection can actually affect your vehicle and safety in ways that may not be initially obvious.   Depreciation Most people don’t often think about car colour in relation to a ...

Summertime sadness- Heat related car problems

Rory Deegan – Online Marketing Executive | 23/11/2012 2:22:42 PM

Ah the summertime, a time when we sing lyrics like “when the living is easy”, “when the weather is high” and “Time to sit back and unwind”. Well, that’s all well and good, but what about those heat related vehicle problems, do we have a song for that? Sadly there is very little demand for a songs compelling us to check our tyres and cooling system, so we suppose a blog post will have to do. Jokes aside, heat related vehicle problems really do have the...

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