Are high-tech safety features a driving distraction?

Mark Schneider | 23/04/2018 11:09:28 AM

Today's cars come packed with an astonishing array of features that just a few years ago would have seemed like science fiction. Many of them, such as lane centring and automatic braking systems, are designed to keep us safe and secure on the roads. But what if all those features with their range of options, their buttons and all those things that beep at you were distracting you from the vital task of driving? Well that's the question that's been raised by an American survey ...

Counterfeit parts can cost dollars and lives

Mark Schneider | 16/04/2018 10:24:02 AM

Counterfeit car parts are threatening to cost Australian motorists thousands in repairs, but worse than that, it could cost them their lives. Oil filters, brake pads and airbag triggering devices are just some of the fake parts doing the rounds in a dodgy illegal industry thought to be worth almost $20 Billion worldwide. In many cases the parts look identical to the genuine product and come in packaging that so closely mimics them that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. ...

Five of the oldest safety features

Mark Schneider | 16/04/2018 8:24:21 AM

It's a sobering fact that the history of cars goes hand-in-hand with the history of road deaths. The first automotive fatality dates back to 1869 when the unfortunate Mary Ward was thrown from an experimental steam car and run over as it rounded a corner in Ireland. For much of that history vehicle safety has been something of an afterthought, but today, thankfully, safety is a central concern of most new car buyers, along with practicality, economy, style and price. But...

7 tips to become more mindful on the road

Mark Schneider | 10/03/2016 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever arrived somewhere and, as you’ve stepped out of the car, reflected that you can’t actually remember how you got there? Following a familiar route, perhaps a daily commute, without even realising it you slipped onto auto-pilot? Caught up, perhaps, in other, more immediately demanding thoughts or conversations? According to a recent study in the USA which analysed over 42,000 hours of driving, 78% of crashes and 68% of near crashes unsurprisingly had some form of d...

Crumple Zones Save Lives

Mark Schneider | 8/03/2016 8:00:00 AM

The aftermath of car crashes is not a pretty sight. All too frequently the car or cars involved are a tangled mess of metal on the back of a truck even after relatively low speed collisions. The bad news is that the car may be a write-off, but the good news is that these days the driver and passengers are highly likely to have survived the crash relatively unharmed. It wasn’t always this way. In the bad old days when cars were rigid and strong drivers and passengers would freque...

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...

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 ...

Why fleet management is more than fuel cards

Kirsten Brent | 26/02/2014 2:25:11 PM

The first thought that comes to many people’s minds when they hear the phrase ‘fleet management’ is fuel cards. While fuel cards can provide substantial savings and form an integral part of any fleet management product, there are many other aspects of fleet management that can also yield savings, all while keeping you in full control of your fleet. We take a look at why it is important to invest in all areas of fleet management, rather than focus on fuel savings alone, and h...

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 crash, planning ahead can prove crucial. This article is all about expecting the unexpected when driving and how...

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...

Thinking points - The company pool cars

Department of Sales and Client Relations with Rory Deegan | 31/08/2012 2:08:57 PM

“Pool cars are amazing, they don’t need oil, maintenance or even cleaning”. Those were the tongue in cheek words of one of Fleetcare’s account managers. For the most part businesses pool cars (fleet cars which can be used by all authorised company drivers) get a raw deal. In many cases they don’t get the care and attention they need and at resale time businesses can lose thousands. Like many company kitchens; company cars are used and abused until somebody sets d...

Accident repairs and insurance - A helpful guide

Lauren Heerey and the Fleetcare Accident Management Department | 27/07/2012 9:11:15 AM

Repair and insurance It’s the guide nobody wants to see. Along with our guide on write offs this one on how to bring your car back to full health is one you don’t want to end up using.  Be that as it may, guides are a massive help should the unfortunate event come to pass. Having a guide can act as a stabilising force at a very unnerving time.   The timeline While the timeline may change depending on the circumstances, it is important to be aware of a rough tim...

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...

Preparing for the worst – Planning for crashes

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 16/12/2011 1:55:32 PM

“I just froze, I had no idea of what to do. In my panic I scanned my thoughts for any piece of advice I had ever received about dealing with a car crash, but I couldn’t think of anything”. Those are the words of a shaken Adelaide resident who was involved in a minor vehicle collision earlier this year. The unfortunate fact is that very few people are in fact prepared for the worst and even fewer have a fool proof company procedure for dealing with collisions or car crashes. ...

Fleet Manager Series - 6 surprising facts about road accidents

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/10/2011 3:23:54 PM

Misplaced focus is a dangerous thing, from not concentrating on the road to focusing too much on one aspect of cost control, it’s generally only in retrospect when you realise the error of your ways. Cost control in fleet management can be a classic example of this, while some fleet managers fixate on cutting the fuel costs a single collision can wipe out all these savings with the push of a pedal. With this in mind I reveal some of the more surprising facts about road collisions to giv...

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