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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.

How to Improve Fuel Economysdfsd

How to Improve Fuel Economy

How to Improve Fuel Economy

Improving fuel efficiency is an excellent way for businesses running a fleet to reduce expenditure and save money. While you could always look at investing in more fuel efficient cars, this can be expensive, especially if you operate a large fleet.

Here are just three quick tips that can help improve fuel economy without the need for massive investment:

  1. Check Tyre Pressure

Tyre maintenance can have a direct impact on fuel consumption, with under or over inflated tyres responsible for as much as 10 per cent extra fuel use. Having a maintenance regime in place where tyre pressure is checked at least once a month could save businesses a significant sum and help keep your drivers safe on the road.

Having the right type of tyres on your vehicles can also affect vehicle performance and so it is worth checking this every time there is a change.

  1. Check Engine Oil

Engine oil is another part of vehicle maintenance that can be overlooked by drivers and vehicle owners. Make sure you use the right grade of oil to get the best performance out of your vehicle for a better fuel economy. Low viscosity is often the best choice but if the oil is too thin, there is less protection to engine parts and this can cause problems.

  1. Use Fuel Cards

Another tip for improving fuel efficiency is to introduce fuel cards. A fuel card allows you to monitor fuel usage in detail so areas of inefficiency can be identified and addressed, plus you can take advantage of the best fuel prices across the country reducing the effect of regional price variances.

An added bonus of a fuel card is the efficiency it brings to fuel admin as well, with easy VAT reclaim and consolidated invoicing for multiple cards and networks on one account.

Get on the road to improving fuel efficiency in your fleet by finding and comparing fuel cards today. Find out more here.

Chooseafuelcard brand adds value to fuel card market with new digital productssdfsd

Chooseafuelcard brand adds value to fuel card market with new digital products

Chooseafuelcard partner UK Fuels is expanding and enhancing its range of digital products with the aim of retaining and winning customers in the country’s £6.5 billion fuel card market.

Fleet News reported that the business, which supplies 350,000 card holders, is due to launch two smartphone apps – Velocity and e-route – within the next month and has also redesigned its website.

Colin Peters, head of digital (Europe) for UK Fuels’s parent company Radius Payment Solutions, said: “We are looking to improve our customers’ experience of visiting our website and add value to our products at no extra cost to the client.”

“We believe that by giving our clients the tools they want, we can keep them for longer as well as grow our customer base.”

Velocity is an online reporting system designed for fleet managers and operates on desktop PCs as well as on smartphones.

“One reason for bringing this product to a phone is security,” said Peters. “If a fleet manager wanted to stop a card if it was stolen or if somebody had left the company, then they can select it on their phone, wherever they may be and whatever time it is, and instruct us to stop the card from there.

“Fleets can also see the location of where drivers are filling up and whether there is any unusual activity.”

He said the app also allows fleet operators to view and print all invoices, as well as create reports based on a number of criteria, such as drivers or date ranges. It can also give a detailed breakdown of a vehicle’s fuel economy.

e-route is aimed at both drivers and fleet managers, and shows UK Fuels customers which filling stations their fuel cards can be used at.

“When people have multiple brands or a card accepted at different forecourts we need to give them the tools to find those locations,” said Peters.

“We did a survey among drivers and one of the top issues raised was that they cannot find the stations their cards are accepted at.

“The traditional way has been to send drivers a directory telling them where they can fill up, but these are out of date almost as soon as they are published.”

He believes that e-route will help fleets with route planning and minimise route deviation when a driver needs to fill up.

The app also shows live traffic updates and allows the user to filter filling stations by a number of criteria, such as whether they stock AdBlue or are open 24 hours a day.

Peters said both apps are free for existing and new customers and work on both Android and Apple devices.