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Compulsory Speed Limiters

Intelligent Speed Assistance Likely To Be Compulsory In New Cars From 2022 It has been reported this week that rules to mandate speed limiter technology in cars have been provisionally agreed by the EU and that it is likely that Intelligent Speed Assistance will be required for all new cars sold in Europe by 2022. Regardless of Brexit outcomes, the UK government has already indicated its support. What is Intelligent Speed Assistance? The Intelligent Speed Assistance system enables cars to receive information via GPS and a digital map so that the vehicle knows what the speed limit is and can limit its top speed accordingly. In addition to the data feed, an onboard video camera, capable of recognising road [...]

By |March 29th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Car Crime

Modern Car Crime and How to Combat it In the late ‘90s, as locks, immobilisers and in car electronics advanced, car theft declined significantly and, as cars became more sophisticated, you needed the keys to take most modern vehicles. Home invasion type break-ins were the only way to be able to steal high priced, high-performance cars, but things are changing. New technology aimed at driver convenience has unintentionally given car thieves a new way in. Having your car unlock for you as you walk up to it is helpful, but the electronic signatures transmitted from your keys to your car can be copied and used to confuse the vehicle. Technology is part of the problem To steal a car [...]

By |March 4th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Driving Abroad After Brexit?

Preparing to Take Your Car Abroad After Brexit With around a month to go, the Brexit debacle is still rolling along with no clean-cut conclusive end in sight. Not only does that bring economy uncertainty, it could also impact motorists driving abroad. Currently, there’s legislation in place that permits UK drivers free roam across Europe; that may all change thanks to us leaving the EU. Here are some of the ways in which you might be affected once 28th March 2019 comes around. International Driving Permit (IDP) Currently, you only need an International Driving Permit for some countries that are outside the EU and EEA. If there’s a no deal situation, the default position would be that IDPs are [...]

By |February 28th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|2 Comments

Messages from Outer Space

Today’s Cars Rely Increasingly on Satellite Technology Modern cars are increasingly relying on messages from outer space to keep drivers abreast of the latest developments on the roads ahead of them. The latest technologies, such as satellite navigation, rely on real-time messages beamed back to earth from an army of satellites orbiting the planet, which ultimately help keep drivers better informed than ever before. The newest technologies are available in the ‘connected’ car of today which gives drivers access to a whole host of information that would have seemed unthinkable only a few years ago. What is a connected car? The term ‘connected car’ is one that is becoming widely used and increasingly commonplace. Basically, a connected car is [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Windscreen Replacement Getting More Complex

Driver Safety Systems Make Windscreen Replacement More Complex – and Costly!   One of the most recent trends in the new car market has been the increase and popularity of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which can be invaluable in helping warn drivers of oncoming dangers. Due to their many safety benefits, ADAS technologies feature as standard in many new vehicles, and the uptake of ADAS across corporate fleets has been much faster than in the UK car parc in general, as fleets tend to purchase the newest vehicles. Recent research by windscreen specialist Autoglass showed that 7.5% of all windscreens replaced now require ADAS calibration, but that for the fleet industry it was closer to 30%. However, the speed with [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Road Safety Week 2018 – Part 1

A Motorcyclist's Perspective On Road Safety Road Safety Week 2018 In the first of our articles for Brake's Road Safety Week, Adrian Baldwin, marketing manager, shares his perspective of motorcycling on the UK's roads as both a long-time car driver and a very new motorcycle rider. I’ll start with a confession, I am new to the world of motorcycling. I initially wondered if that really qualified me to contribute to the road safety debate, but I have reflected and decided that there is perhaps no better time to share my feedback. My perspective is this - I have had a driving licence and a car for thirty years, have driven in a number of different countries around the world and [...]

By |November 19th, 2018|Categories: Driving|0 Comments

Autumn Driving: Tips and advice for driving at this time of year

How Autumn Affects Typical Driving Conditions Autumn has arrived and the clocks will be soon going back to mark the start of the winter season.  This time of year brings many changes for road users, from dazzlingly blinding sunlight to the first icy windscreen of the season. Autumn is particularly bad for dazzle from low sun.  However, drivers can improve their vision by making sure that the windscreen is clean - inside and out - as a hazy film builds up on the inside surface over time. At the same time, make sure you check the condition of the screen as scratches, abrasions and chips on the outside can intensify the sun's dazzle too, and may require remedial treatment, [...]

By |November 6th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Fleet Management – How To Manage A Fleet Of Vehicles

Fleet Management - How To Manage A Fleet Of Vehicles Managing a company’s fleet of vehicles is a challenging task, demanding several different skill-sets and disciplines, and requiring the ability to assess and react to a whole range of data and feedback from vehicles and drivers alike. Many companies these days prefer to outsource their fleet management function to a firm of fleet management specialists because of the increased complexity surrounding the legal and operational aspects of their fleet. The case for inhouse or external fleet management Traditionally, many companies have relied on an inhouse fleet or transport department comprising a fleet manager and several fleet administrators – depending on the scale of the job – to tackle the management [...]

By |September 26th, 2018|Categories: Fleet, Outsourcing|0 Comments

Confusion Leads To Companies Delaying Purchase Decisions

Confusion Leads To Companies Delaying Purchase Decisions At CLM, we have seen many organisations struggling to get to grips with the everyday practicalities of running their fleet in the midst of the current debate and the rising confusion levels over the most appropriate fuel types and CO2 emission levels. Conflicting messages about the future of diesel, rising CO2 levels under the new WLTP emissions test and contradictory advice on how and when to introduce alternative fuel vehicles are all combining to delay companies from making new vehicle purchasing decisions. When you’re trying to make sensible decisions about managing costs, keeping the business mobile and helping drivers to reduce their tax burden, it’s not helpful to have so much noise and [...]

By |September 24th, 2018|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments
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