Road safety initiatives in the spotlight - Western Australia

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 15/06/2012 9:52:32 AM

“This is a very, very long ad, is it even an ad?” that was the response of a friend of mine to the recent Enjoy the ride ad from Road Safety WA. So is there real value in these adverts and the road safety initiatives behind them? Do they deliver on their spend? It has long been established that finding out what has been causing the gradual decrease in road fatalities is close to impossible. Everyone from the vehicle manufacturers to the roadside landscaping companies can claim tha...

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.    ...

The write-off write up - What happens after the tow

Accident Management Department and Rory Deegan | 31/05/2012 10:14:55 AM

You're sitting with a look of shock and desperation on your face. Your airbag is draped around your legs after successfully cushioning your head. Where to now? For many, this event has a very serious chance of happening and as such we should all be prepared. The usual safety checks are well documented so we wanted to tell you what happens after your car leaves on the tow truck. This week we want to focus on specific circumstances where a car is completely written off. A write off, in plai...

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. ...

Kick starting the debate on lemon laws

Michael Hunt and Rory Deegan | 20/04/2012 10:58:45 AM

“We pluck the lemons; you get the plums.” Pulled from a VW advert circa 1950 this is possibly one of the first mentions of the term “lemon” to describe a car which doesn’t live up to purchaser expectations. The question of what to do once you find out you have bought a “lemon” has persisted the world over. Add to this the fact that the topic itself has become something of a legal lucky dip depending on where you live.   What are Lemon Laws?...

Vehicle recalls - the need to know guide

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 12/04/2012 11:03:02 AM

"This can result in the electrical system malfunctioning, the vehicle failing to start and, in some cases, charring or fire,". Those were the words of BMW on their most recent recall of around 1.3 million vehicles. While this latest recall is not the largest or most dangerous on record it does give us a chance to discuss the subject. Indeed it's this very subject which gives car designers and fleet managers unending nightmares the world over.   What to do when your ve...

The other problems with speeding

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 30/03/2012 11:18:39 AM

“Almost 50 trucks with tampered speed limiters have been netted in three separate operations and NSW police say it's a 'systemic issue' for the industry.” That was the opening paragraph of an article from the Herald Sun on the recent tampered limiters truck fiasco. While it’s uncommon for fleet cars to have speed inhibitors, the story still makes uncomfortable reading for all fleet managers. This week we take a look at the lesser known issues and potential soluti...

"Must drive better" - A guide to motivating your fleet drivers

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 1/03/2012 11:54:30 AM

Like any matter of the mind, motivation and its causes is a highly debated and at times confusing subject matter. As a fleet manager motivating drivers and other stakeholders to do the right thing, or avoid the wrong thing can be a real challenge. Providing the carrot can be difficult now that costs are tight and constantly using the stick becomes meaningless once it’s overused. So what are fleet managers to do?   Motivate to do the right thing Here fleet mangers need to ...

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...

Venturing into the unknown - Tips on driving overseas

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 7/10/2011 3:29:27 PM

“The only problem with Spain is all these foreign drivers” Those were the words of a naïve tourist (the “foreigners” he was refering to were the local Spanish) reporting on his Spanish holiday in an obscure 1980’s documentary. Whilst some may chuckle at his clear lack of perspective it must be noted that for many, driving abroad can be a harrowing and deeply alarming sensation and without adequate planning it can all go horribly wrong. This week I explore some of...

Speed Cameras: A change in the game?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 11/08/2011 10:04:38 AM

So what happened in New South Wales? Following a performance audit written by the NSW Auditor General, 38 cameras were deactivated after the author of the audit found that they did not make a “statistically significant” impact on road safety. The importance of this is in the fact that it marks a change in the way politicians in Australia assess the requirements for speed cameras. Previously there were really only two major opinion groups; “speed cameras are a money makin...

Fleet Safety from a new perspective

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 29/07/2011 10:23:42 AM

Ask any health and safety officer and they’ll tell you, at length, how hard it is to get people to read and recall health and safety documents and policies. Unfortunately fleet safety policy is no exception to this and it would seem that the issue is further compounded by even longer documents which include such tedium champions as; insurance, in-car safety and the rules of the road. So how can fleet managers get their message across and reduce accidents, injury and at the same time pre...

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Safety tips for Easter road trips

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 20/04/2011 2:22:29 PM

Easter is fast approaching and is the time of year that families travel far and wide to spend the long weekend together. In preparation for this busy time on the roads, we’ve put together some tips to ensure that you and your family have the safest Easter possible.   Prepare your vehicle Conduct a 5 point safety check on tyres, brakes, suspension, lights and restraints. Check your tyre pressure when your tyres are cold, as under inflation of tyres can cause exce...

Safety vs Cost Control

John Hutchison - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/02/2011 3:21:20 PM

A question which is often avoided by car buyers, which is more important – keeping costs low or safety? Many people want to appear as if safety is their highest priority, however more often than not, they will often choose a vehicle based on low whole of life costs rather than the safety features. This is also a vital question for companies who own a fleet of vehicles. Businesses have the obligation of providing staff with a safe workplace, and if a vehicle is used for the purpose o...

Toyota to stay on top

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 27/01/2011 3:41:38 PM

There was a time when Toyota was an automotive leader in the global car industry by a country mile. No other company was able to compare to the staggering sales records, quality reputation, and loyal consumers Toyota had accumulated through-out its years of operation. However, given the year of recalls they had in 2010, what comes to mind now when you think of Toyota? Throughout 2010 as the news of the various worldwide Toyota recalls hit the ears of automotive enthusiasts, the once quali...

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