Summer heat takes its toll on windscreens

Windscreens take the Summer heat as the UK experiences temperatures of 30°C. With the hot weather set to continue, and motorists take to their cars to enjoy the UK sunshine, it is increasingly important that drivers prepare their cars for long journeys, as well as themselves. Families often ensure that they and their kids are ready for hours on the road with food, drink and games prepared, but some forget about their own car’s needs. If care is not taken beforehand, overheating, increased debris, poor visibility and other problems caused by the intensely hot sunshine could have implications for the condition of the car and safety on the road. If your windscreen is already damaged, the hot weather can make it worse. Simple steps to prepare the windscreen, fluid levels and wheels, can make all the difference to being safe on the road this…

Fleetdrive support ‘Tyre Safety Month’

In support of TyreSafe’s national campaign for Tyre Safety month in October, Fleetdrive would like to remind everyone to carry out the simple tyre tread test, using a 20 pence piece, to check they are within the safe driving limit. Driving on tyres with illegal tread depth not only reduces a driver’s safety on the road but can result in a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre. Tread depth influences the way a vehicle accelerates, brakes and corners so is absolutely essential. Leasing more than 2,000 vehicles in the UK, Fleetdrive understand the importance of safe tyres and so are promoting the campaign to customers and employees to ensure that they are fully aware of the dangers of not taking their tyres seriously. The safety advice we offer to clients is that as part of routine vehicle…

Warning: Fleet Managers should revise policies on back of new drug driving law

As the Government introduces a new law to make it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers, fleet managers and drivers should be warned about the possible ramifications for those using prescription drugs. Under the new legislation, motorists who get behind the wheel after taking illegal drugs face a criminal record, loss of their licence for at least a year and a fine of up to £5000. The legislation makes it illegal to drive with certain drugs – both illegal and prescription – in the body above specified levels. People using prescription drugs within recommended amounts will not be penalised.  

Fleets urged to act now after driving licence counterpart abolition delay

The delay in the date for the abolition of the paper counterpart to the current driving licence is ‘irrelevant’ as the time for fleets to change their processes is now, says the Association for Driving Licence Verification. The association said some corporate fleet users are concerned that even when the current alternative proposed by the DVLA becomes available it might not address all their business compliance and operational requirements for fleets of 20 or more. The ADLV is recommending that fleet managers evaluate available commercial alternatives now to reap immediate and significant efficiency savings as well as data security enhancements. Malcolm Maycock, chairman of the ADLV, said: “The benefits of electronic checking are already available and proven so why wait until someone decides a date for the inevitable? “Organisations seeking to professionally manage and protect their employees’ driver data should make the move to…

Fleet managers warned about ‘disruptive’ passengers

Fleet managers should be wary of the potential distraction passengers can cause drivers, after a recent survey showed many drivers find passengers ‘a disruptive and potentially dangerous influence’. A third of drivers have fallen out with a passenger while travelling and in 15% of instances, tensions have reached such a point that the driver opted to throw the passenger out of the vehicle, according to the survey by Admiral Insurance. Three-quarters of drivers also admitted to feeling more nervous when they had somebody in the car with them. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager at MileageCount, said: “You have a situation with two people in the confined space of a car or van, with the driver having to concentrate and be in control while the passenger can be a distraction, so it’s not surprising this sometimes causes conflict. “Fleet managers should be aware of this…

Mercedes-Benz recalls C-Class over steering fault

Mercedes-Benz has recalled more than 8,000 UK-based C-Class models due to a steering fault. The recall concerns 8,145 C-Class models built between January 17 and September 22, 2014. The potential problem centres on the steering column coupling lock, which may not have been installed correctly at Mercedes’ German factories in Sindelfingen and Bremen. Owners of affected models would typically hear a noise from the steering column but Mercedes insists there is no threat of steering loss. Dealers will contact owners and the correctional work should take about 30 minutes at no cost. This latest recall follows a withdrawal issued last week of 28,000 C-Class models in Germany, and 10,500 in the US.

Fleets urged to help tackle pedestrian and cyclist casualties

Brake is calling for employers to play their part in preventing pedestrians and cyclist casualties after research found 54% of companies don’t provide driver education on protecting pedestrians and cyclists. Newly-released Government figures show six people are killed and 157 seriously injured every week while walking or cycling. At least 24% of road deaths and serious injuries involve a vehicle being driven for work. The Brake and Licence Bureau research also found: Two-thirds (68%) don’t instruct drivers to slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops Six in 10 (61%) don’t instruct drivers on looking twice and checking mirrors at junctions for cyclists or motorcyclists. Nine in 10 (89%) don’t plan routes to avoid schools and residential areas. Eight in 10 (80%) don’t use blind spot sensors and seven in 10 (70%) don’t use blind spot cameras on large commercial vehicles;. Almost half…

Crash for Cash warning to van drivers…

“White van man” is increasingly being targeted by criminals running dangerous crash for cash fraud rings, according to new research conducted by anti-fraud firm APU. According to APU, light commercial vehicles have been involved in almost a third of all deliberate collisions caused by the gangs in a worrying trend that has emerged in the last 12 months. The announcement comes as new data shows that crash for cash incidents increased by 51% in 2013 to reach a record level, according to claims fraud data from Aviva, which is calling for stronger sentences to deter fraudsters. As police, insurers and authorities continue to battle the scourge of crash for cash, APU and international commercial law firm Hill Dickinson have identified the trend involving drivers of the UK’s 3.7 million LCVs. Specialists found that fraudsters target professional vehicles like vans because they are most likely to…

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