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The Rise Of The Dashcam Vigilantesdfsd

The Rise Of The Dashcam Vigilante

I can be fairly confident that you, like me, think you are better than the average driver.

A study conducted in 1981 found that a staggering 93% of drivers thought that they were “better than average”. This in itself cannot be true, because if over half of the driving population were better than average, the average would not be the average.

A more recent survey shows that we think other drivers are well below average. These results are perhaps not surprising, since they come from an organisation that reports dangerous driving to the authorities using footage captured by the public.

Budget restraints in the last ten years have meant that police time can often be stretched, so allowing citizens to submit footage would surely help improve road safety. Right?

As things stand, video and photographic evidence gathered by citizens can’t be used for motoring prosecutions. But seeing as closed-circuit camera systems have long been accepted as sources of evidence, as long as the footage is time-stamped and dated, shouldn’t the same be true for in-car systems?

But for those who worry that this sort of thing would turn the nation’s drivers into would-be vigilantes, it is worth bearing in mind the skewed view we have on our own driving ability.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there are many cases where members of the public report what they think is someone else’s dangerous driving, only to find that when the footage is reviewed by the police, the authorities decide they were at fault and prosecute them instead.

Industry experts say the number of people buying dashcams is rising steadily, and that the policy on using footage captured by the public is likely to be reviewed by the Government. That being said, we have to remember that with this power, comes great responsibility.

Fuel Cards – The Safest Optionsdfsd

Fuel Cards – The Safest Option

Did you know that using a fuel card is the safest way to pay for fuel?

When it comes to buying fuel for a commercial fleet, there are really only three options: cash, credit or fuel cards. With petrol and diesel being such precious commodities, they have become the target of unscrupulous thieves and protection from theft and fraud is an important part of fuel management.

Of the three options available to fleets, cash is the most insecure. If a fuel or credit card is lost or stolen it is cheap and easy to replace. Hard cash is much more difficult to recover. Plus, carrying hundreds of pounds of cash puts your drivers at risk, making them targets for crime.

On top of this, cash could open the doorway to businesses being cheated by their own drivers, claiming for fuel that they never purchased. While you may trust your team, more than a fifth (22%) of drivers admitted to exaggerating mileage claims.

Some fleets have considered using a credit or prepay card and while they have some of the same protection as fuel cards – PIN, remote cancelling, etc. – fuel cards go further.

Cards from chooseafuelcard.com can be matched with vehicle registrations, meaning fuel can only be purchased for a specific vehicle in your fleet. Again, this ensures corporate fuel cards are only being used to buy fuel for corporate vehicles.

However, the benefits of using fuel cards over credit cards go beyond just security – simplified admin processes, improved cost control, fuel reporting and monitoring.

With fuel fraud costing UK businesses £136 million each year, the protection they offer could be the number one reason for introducing them in your fleet during this time of squeezed budgets. Especially as added security brings one further benefit money can’t buy: peace of mind.

Give yourself peace of mind today by introducing fuel cards. Find the right one for you here.

 

Make fuel cards part of your 2015 strategysdfsd

Make fuel cards part of your 2015 strategy

As the year begins in earnest, there is no better time to review fleet fuel management strategies. Fuel cards could not only make paying for fuel easier in 2015, but also provide powerful information about your fleet’s behaviour resulting in serious savings over the course of the year.

When you set up a fuel card account, you will receive access to an online fuel management solution which will reduce your administration and make it easier for you to plan your budget and save money. As well as offering a centralised way to pay for fuel (cutting out processing receipts and reimbursing staff expenses), the system will provide you with itemised billing so you can view all the payments that have been made on the account in one central place.

Fuel management systems also offer you and your company an easy way to gather information about your fleet and manage it accordingly. For example you can group drivers into departments or locations so that you can work out which areas of your business are the most expensive in terms of fuel and address these with training if required.

Fuel-Efficiency-Sign-300x140These reporting tools will not only allow you to easily view data and share it with others in the business – they will also assist you in planning and managing your fleet’s future activities.

Fuel cards give you a network of filling stations, along with journey planning tools. You can work out the cheapest routes for your drivers and look at ways to improve fuel efficiency. This also makes it easier for you to monitor prices and predict what your fuel expenses will be – very useful in this fluctuating market.

Trying to monitor and manage this information manually is very time consuming and can be unreliable. Processing receipts and recording expenditure gives you limited insight into the journeys your mobile employees are making. A fleet fuel management system provides you with all information at the click of a button.

Finding out how fuel cards can improve your fleet management in 2015 takes less than 30 seconds. Just use our fuel card selector tool here.

How Fuel Card Programmes Can Benefit Your Organisationsdfsd

How Fuel Card Programmes Can Benefit Your Organisation

Fuel Card Programmes

Fuel card programmes can be very beneficial to any organisation. They let you centralise all information and cashflow related to fuel costs, letting you accurately gauge where and when your drivers are buying fuel. This will help you eliminate any instances where the costs aren’t work related and you can take actions to stop it in the future.

You will be able to maximise efficiency by planning routes effectively to make the most of the fuel stations available to you and where your driver has to go on a daily basis to save more money and increase effectiveness.

Fuel card programmes also have extra security measures that can be included, such as chip and pin, time and spend restrictions as well as added insurance to protect your business should something go wrong. There is a range of fuel card programmes available so it is import to research them fully before deciding.

There are fuel cards for diesel engines and for European locations to suit companies of any size and purpose. Effectively using a fuel card programme will help your business in more ways than just the cost of fuel and this is a big advantage when looking to fully utilise manpower and financial resources.

Utilise our fuel card tool to find out more information on what programmes are available.

Winter Driving – Take Caresdfsd

Winter Driving – Take Care

Take care and ensure you stay safe on the roads this winter. Winter driving is one of the most dangerous times on the road.

Our moods are not the only thing that the cold weather has an effect on. When it comes to driving in winter there are a number of different things that you have to take into consideration. Your safety is always the number one priority and there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you stay safe on the roads this winter.

First off, preparation is key! Check the Met Office the night before to see if there is any forecast inclement weather. Ensure you have the following items kept in the car in case you breakdown:

  • A torch with spare batteries
  • A scraper and de-icer
  • Jump leads
  • A mobile phone charger
  • Warm clothing and blankets
  • Food and drink (replace frequently)
  • A reflective warning sign
  • A spade or shovel.

These are items that you can pick up in any local Halfords or car retailer. It is essential for you to keep warm and to increase your safety in case of emergency.

It is important to keep your vehicle in good condition all year round but it is of particular importance during winter months. Car batteries are more prone to fail whilst driving in winter due to the amount that it is relied upon; try to avoid running electrical systems for longer than necessary to save on your battery life. Alternatively, charge your battery frequently during the winter months. Many car retailers stock battery-testing kits so you can manage the battery life expectancy.

Check your coolant on a regular basis and ensure that it is at the appropriate levels and ensure that there is anti-freeze in the coolant. Another issue people tend to neglect is the importance of wiper blades, make sure these are in good working order before setting off and replace them when necessary. Also ensure that you have enough winter screen-wash and that it is topped up for the frostier conditions. The local Highway Code will give you many tips in helping maintain your vehicle in the winter months.

During the cold winter months ensure that your car has been thoroughly scraped (when necessary), don’t just rely on the heaters in the car to break down the ice. Remove all the snow from your vehicle including the snow on the roof – if you hit a bump in the road or have to break suddenly the snow could fall forward and taint your vision which is a hazard to you, other drivers and pedestrians. Do not use hot water on your windscreen as it may damage and even crack the glass – an unnecessary expense that you can avoid!

When driving in winter months, particularly if you have a long journey to make, it is important that you keep an eye on the weather forecast and if it is particularly bad, drive only when absolutely necessary. When you are on the road make sure that you are aware of others around you and remember that due to road conditions your stopping distance and time may be increased.