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…

It’s Tyre Safety Month – check your pressure

Fleets are being encouraged this October to ensure that their tyres are properly inflated as tyre safety month kicks into gear. The campaign, which has been organised by not for profit road safety group TyreSafe and is being supported by thousands of garages and other organisations across the UK, will be encouraging drivers to make monthly checks on their tyre pressures to ensure they remain safe on the road. What’s more, by driving on correctly inflated tyres, fleets will help their tyres to last longer and even reduce their fuel bills. “As the nights start to draw in and the weather deteriorates, it’s essential that drivers ensure that their tyres are safe and fit for the winter ahead,” explained Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe. “The most basic inspection, which should be carried out at least once a month, is simply checking that your tyres…

Get SMART about repairs to reduce fleet costs

Fleet managers could be saving tens of thousands of pounds in end-of-life de-fleeting costs by opting for ongoing SMART repair work throughout the life of the lease. So says bodyshop distribution network ACIS after carrying out bodyshop data analysis. So-called SMART – Small to Medium Area Repair– technology is now being increasingly used mid-lease when cars go in for servicing. According to ACIS, a typical BMW rear bumper with slight damage would cost around £300 to repair at the end of contract based upon the menu price, but a SMART repair mid-lease would be two-thirds lower. Across a fleet of 500 vehicles, this type of repair would save £120,000. Research by ACIS suggested that dealerships, on average, service 20 cars a day and sell a further 20 used cars a month. Of the cars serviced: 40% will have alloy wheel damage 30% will have…

Kwik Fit Plus targets fleet car and van customers

Kwik Fit has launched the first of its Plus centres in South East England, offering a broader range of services aimed at rivalling franchised dealers and increasing its footprint in the fleet industry. The launch follows an 18-month trial carried out at eight stores located between Edinburgh and Exeter, where staff were split into slow fit and fast fit teams, each managed by a separate supervisor. So far, the company has opened 17 Kwik Fit Plus sites, beginning with the flagship centre in Slough. While Phase 2 will begin in the South East, Kwik Fit said it plans to roll out further stores nationwide depending on demand at its first centres, but has yet to decide how many of its 600 locations will be upgraded to Plus standard. Plus centres will also be home to the company’s newest equipment, with Slough trialling a system…

Summer heat takes its toll on windscreen

Autoglass reveals that it has seen a 10% year on year increase in damaged windscreens largely due to the heat, as the UK experiences temperatures of more than 30°C. With the hot weather set to continue and over two thirds (65%) of Brits planning to turn their back on a holiday abroad in favour of a UK getaway this summer, it is increasingly important that drivers prepare their cars for long journeys, as well as themselves. To help motorists beat the heat this summer Autoglass has developed a summer driving check-list to ensure that Brits are ready for any road-trip in hot weather. 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…

Driver loses damage recharge tribunal

Employers need to ensure that damage recharge policies are watertight and well-drafted if they are to successfully claw back cash from their staff. The warning comes in the wake of a recent case involving an employee who complained money was unfairly deducted from his wages to pay for damage to his company car. Halsall Mechanical alleged that the vehicle driven by Simon Wright had body and paintwork damage, while the inside of the vehicle needed a full valet. But after deducting an undisclosed sum to cover the costs involved in repairing and cleaning the vehicle, Wright launched a compensation claim for breach of contract and for the unauthorised deduction of wages. The case against his Cannock-based employers was heard at Birmingham Employment Tribunal, where Wright defended the state of his company car. During cross-examination about the inside of his vehicle, he said: “I’m not…

Companies encouraged to claim against pothole damage

Fleet operators are paying out millions of pounds on vehicle repairs to rectify damage caused by potholes and poorly-maintained road surfaces. On average, fleets are facing bills of £147 per vehicle to get their cars back on the road at a total cost of £215 million. However, campaign group Potholes.co.uk is urging fleet operators to take the time to make a claim against the relevant authority. Warranty Direct managing director Duncan McClure Fisher, who is also the founder of Potholes.co.uk, said: “Fleet managers have the same chance of recouping damage costs as any member of the public. “We created the ‘how to claim’ guide to make things as clear and simple as possible for anyone who’s suffered because of potholes and we hear from many people who’ve followed the steps and made a successful claim.” The number of claims received by local authorities for…

10 minute company car check could save you £1,000s

Fleet managers could save thousands of pounds per year by taking 10 minutes to check the external condition of leased vehicles before they are due to be returned. The cosmetic vehicle repair specialist advises developing an internal lease return inspection protocol. This should involve inspecting bumpers, alloys and paintwork for scuffs, bumps and scratches a few weeks before the official end of lease inspection is due. According to industry figures, 27% of returned vehicles incur a fair wear and tear recharge. This is generally because damage has been left untouched or not repaired to a high enough standard. Large fleets could quickly realise significant savings by checking vehicles and organising appropriate repairs themselves through accredited SMART repairers or bodyshops. Revive advises fleet managers to follow these five ‘10-minute check-up’ tips: Ensure the vehicle is clean and dry: dirt and wet can mask scratches and…

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