Christmas crashes needn't be calamitous

Mark Schneider | 6/12/2017 8:54:03 AM

It's that time of year again. The weather's warming-up, the cricket's on the TV again and our thoughts are turning to Christmas shopping, holidays and getting together with friends and family. It should be a happy time for all, of course, but all too often the festive season is marred by accidents, and especially accidents on the road. In fact the Christmas holidays are notorious for car crashes. Increased traffic, distractions, tiredness and even stress can turn into a danger...

SUV’s a hit in the wilds of Europe

Mark Schneider | 16/02/2016 8:00:00 AM

Australians love their SUVs. We’ve taken to them with gusto, with SUVs now comprising approximately one-in-three new car sales across the land. Whether it’s the promise of getaways in the outback or their sheer family-friendly practicality, it seems Aussies can’t get enough of them. But we’re not alone. Europeans have also taken to them with relish, finding 4WD’s the perfect choice for tackling the great outdoors of London, Berlin, Paris, Rome and beyond. In ...

A little maintenance prevents a winter of discontent

Jess Wallace | 26/03/2015 12:58:20 PM

With summer on the run and the colder, wetter days of winter looming, your thoughts may be turning to holidays in the snow, weekend getaways in the country or the blast of the siren heralding the start of another footy season.  Car maintenance probably isn’t uppermost in your mind at this time, is it? Well despite that it’s worth giving it some thought, because a bit of attention now can prevent a winter of discontent over the coming months.  Windscreen Wipers ...

Keeping you safe this festive season

Jess Wallace | 19/12/2014 12:50:22 PM

As we head into the break, a number of you will no doubt be travelling around the country to relax, unwind, spend time with family and enjoy the holidays. To help you have a safe journey this festive season, we have placed together a few tips to follow whilst travelling. Get plenty of sleep It is estimated around 20-30% of all fatal crashes on Australian roads are due to fatigue. Between 10pm and dawn, your risk of having a fatal crash is four times more likely. During the holiday per...

The modern approach to road trip planning

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 31/05/2013 11:51:10 AM

The road trip is a sacred ritual carried out by all self-respecting motorists, but is it keeping up with the times? Ask most people how they plan their road trips, and you’ll get a variety of answers from the haphazard to the old school. Only rarely do you find someone who is using the best tool of all, Google maps. Yes, most will use it, along with a sat nav to get some directions and alternative routes, but would you think of using it to learn and discover more about the route itself?...

Road trip movies - The top ten guide

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 16/11/2012 2:26:27 PM

At times we write about fleets and cars. Sometimes we write about tyres or maybe driver behaviour. These are all good topics, worthy of exploration but they are simply not as exciting, or as divisive as a movie top ten. This time we decided to create a top ten of drive/road trip/road movies to shake things up and bring some culture into our weekly blog. So what kind of movies would get into the mix? Which flicks did we consider worthy of note and most importantly, how do we define which movie...

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...

The road trip checklist

Fleetcare Government Department and Rory Deegan | 3/08/2012 9:01:38 AM

Ah, the road trip. We’ve all had one, hated one, loved one or just had one we simply could not avoid. In Australia, like in the US, the long haul car trip is an institution with its own traditions and unique culture. Done well, it can be an enjoyable way to see the Australian bush and countryside. Done poorly and you’ll be at the mercy of the emergency services. With this in mind we took to creating a road trip checklist to help all those new at the experience.   The li...

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...

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