One in five drivers risking engine damage

New research has shown that many drivers may be risking lasting damage to their engine by leaving it too late to check their oil. Research of 1,000 UK drivers conducted on behalf of Mobil 1 has revealed that one in five (19.4%) admitted they were only prompted to check their engine oil when an instrument panel warning sign was activated. By the time this comes on, the oil pressure in your engine may have dropped meaning either there isn’t enough oil in the system or the oil pump isn’t circulating enough lubricant to keep the critical surfaces lubricated. When it eventually comes to checking oil levels, over half of those questioned (51.6%) said that they leave this important task to others, for example a petrol station attendant, relative or friend. Another two thirds of respondents (60.2%) stated that they only had their oil changed…

Wet summer tyre warning

TyreSafe is advising motorists that adequate tyre tread depth is more important than ever, following a series of wet summers in the UK. The gloomy outlook has been predicted by the Met Office after a new weather pattern was identified in the North Atlantic. Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe, said: “It looks like motorists had better get used to unusually damp summers for another 10 years which means that tyre safety should be given a higher priority than ever. “The good news is that it’s incredibly easy to see if you have adequate tread depth just by using a 20p coin. Simply take the coin and insert it into the main grooves of the tyre. When it’s been inserted and if you can see the outer band of the 20p then the tyre may not have sufficient depth and should be checked by a qualified…

Van fleets run corporate manslaughter risk

Many businesses with company vans are not following the most basic of steps to protect themselves against potential prosecution in the event of an accident. In a recent study of 300 businesses with one or more vans it was found that nearly half (45%) are totally unaware of the term corporate manslaughter despite its introduction five years ago. As well as a general lack of awareness, the research revealed three main areas of concern in the way businesses manage their vans: poor admin in relation to the paperwork for drivers and vehicles, unchecked damage to van bodywork and windscreens, and a casual attitude to core maintenance required to keep vehicles safe. Corporate manslaughter is a very serious charge that carries an unlimited fine. Key findings of the research: Poor admin Three in ten companies have not checked the insurance details for those driving their…

Where would company van drivers be without sat-nav?

Satellite navigation is the most popular option fitted to new vans, according to research from the annual Nissan Van Report. The report found that 45% of van drivers, and 40% of fleet operators, felt that sat-nav is an essential feature on a new van, coming ahead of parking sensors, bluetooth and vehicle trackers. With the credit crunch still biting, both van drivers and fleet operators are striving to force efficiencies from their day to day operations. The result is the changing face of the van market which puts sat-nav ahead of driver comforts such as electric windows, heated mirrors and air conditioning; ensuring drivers arrive at their destination via the quickest and safest route. Modern day sat-nav systems will re-route the driver in order to avoid traffic jams, not only delivering time efficiencies but also fuel savings as a result. With over 80% of…

Take a look at the new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso…

Citroen has released pictures of its new Grand C4 Picasso and announced that CO2 emissions have been slashed across the range. The 91bhp e-HDi Airdream combined with the semi-automatic gearbox emits 98g/km of CO2 and drinks fuel at a combined rate of 74.3mpg. The more powerful e-HDi 115 is expected to be the biggest seller, and can achieve 70.6mpg while emitting 105g/km of CO2. A Euro 6 compliant BlueHDi engine fitted with a selective catalytic reduction system will also be available, giving out 110g/km of CO2. The boost in frugality is partly down to the 110km of weight saved by using lightweight materials and the new EMP2 platform, as seen on the new Peugeot 308 and C4 Picasso. Not surprisingly, the Grand C4 Picasso looks like a bigger version of the futuristic C4 Picasso. With an 11cm longer wheelbase than the old model, there…