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…

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…

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…

The damaging facts about parking your leased car

New figures from British Car Auctions (BCA), reveal that only 3% of motorists whose vehicles were damaged while parked had been left any contact details from the other party. Car door dents were the most common damage to parked cars with nearly two-thirds of motorists reporting this type of damage. Paintwork scratches or key lines accounted for 61% of damage, while 32% of motorists surveyed by BCA returned to their vehicle to find wing mirror damage. Damage on unattended vehicles: Car door dents – 64% Paintwork scratches or key damage – 61% Wing mirror damage – 32% Deflated tyres – 3.6% Graffiti – 1.4% According to BCA’s poll of nearly 1,000 motorists, the state of UK roads and the effect on vehicle condition is also a cause for concern. Over two thirds blame potholes for noticeable or significant damage to their car. And more…