Changing your flat tyre safely

Mark Schneider | 14/09/2017 1:00:07 PM

Flat tyres don’t happen very often, but when they do it’s a fair bet that they’re going to happen at the worst possible time and place. Thankyou Mr Murphy for your infallible law. But don’t panic, here’s some straightforward instructions for changing that tyre.   Firstly make sure that you’re as safe and as visible as possible by putting on your hazard lights. If you have something bright and visible to wear, put it on.   Check your spare ...

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Tips for selecting the right tyres

Jess Wallace | 12/09/2017 9:55:05 AM

The only things which connect your car to the road are your tyres, so needless to say they are a critical factor of safety and ride quality. When choosing tyres it can be easy to get bogged down in technical terminology or be overwhelmed by the many brands and varieties available. This article takes a look at important factors to consider when selecting tyres to ensure you make the right selection for your vehicle. Driving conditions Driving conditions can determine which tread patter...

Forced marriages, bits on the side and strange couplings - anything goes in modern motor manufacturing

Mark Schneider | 1/02/2016 8:00:00 AM

Vehicle manufacturing used to be such a polite, staid and straightforward affair with particular brands flying the flag for their home country, competing against one another and exporting to the world. Well times have changed – and how! Modern vehicle manufacturing is all about forced marriages, shifting liaisons, polygamy and other unlikely couplings between the manufacturers. Take Fiat, for example. The hot-blooded Italian, is now part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an unlikely...

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...

Fleetcare Driver Poll results - VW emissions scandal

David Michie | 5/10/2015 9:04:32 AM

68% of drivers say that the VW emissions scandal will affect their possible future purchase of a VW car according to the latest Fleetcare Drivers Poll conducted by leading fleet management company Fleetcare. 42% of drivers said that the emissions-cheating revelations would affect their possible VW purchase ‘Very much’ with a further 26% saying it would put them off ‘To some extent.’ Underlining the financial impact of the emissions revelations, 71% of drivers s...

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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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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Simple ways to extend the life of your vehicle

Kirsten Brent | 25/09/2013 9:48:41 AM

There is nothing quite like the feeling when you drive your new car out of the showroom – owning a shiny, perfect new vehicle certainly has its perks, so it is only natural to want to keep your vehicle in pristine condition for as long as possible. When discussing fleet vehicles it is also important to protect your investment and keep your vehicle on the road and operating at its best. While vehicles have a finite lifespan, there are some very simple things you can do to extend the life...

Car Batteries–Tips and information

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 10/05/2013 10:35:20 AM

The car battery brings about a very odd thought pattern in the human mind. Thought of intensely, almost mythically, when its going wrong, yet completely forgotten and taken for granted the second it starts to work again. Why do we have such a strange relationship with this “it’s heavier than it looks” essential car component? After looking online I think I have the answer; we simply know little or nothing about it. With this in mind, we decided this week to work with our mainte...

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...

The Modest Odometer

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 28/09/2012 3:24:38 PM

So it sits there, glaring back at us, pleading with us to explore it, understand it and get some use from it. We, on the other hand, ignore it and move on with our daily lives. “It” is the vehicle odometer figure which we, on most occasions, routinely ignore. For the most part ignoring the many seemingly random figures it presents is normal. However occasionally there is something to be learned from the figures under our nose. So what can they offer? This week we set out to find o...

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. ...

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...

Hybrid or electric - A new comparison

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 5/04/2012 11:10:41 AM

Switch on the TV, listen to the radio or check-up products online. Over time you will notice the widespread use of one word in particular. That word is “compare” and it can be used or misused to persuade you, as a customer, to part with your cash for any given product or service. This week we take an independent look at the comparison between hybrid and electric vehicles. Focusing on cost, environmental impact and the major drawbacks of both we hope to understand more on what many...

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...

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