About Adrian Baldwin

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Adrian Baldwin has created 55 blog entries.

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 |October 8th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|0 Comments

Tyre Management Q&A

Tyre Management Chris Mitchinson, Director of In Life Services at CLM, answers the questions that he commonly receives on tyre management Just how importantly do fleet decision-makers need to take tyre management policies? A car is attached to the road via a piece of tyre about the size of the palm of your hand. So ensuring that tyres are in tip-top condition is very important, not least from the viewpoint of a duty of care to your employees. We would put tyre safety at the heart of any tyre management policy, ahead of cost, and would advocate regular tyre checks to assess not just the depth of the tread but also the condition of the tyre – whether there [...]

By |September 9th, 2019|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

CLM Takes Safety Seriously at Silverstone

Client Safety Event Recently, CLM hosted a driver safety focused event and invited clients along to listen to presentations and to enjoy some hands-on training. The event, held at the Porsche Experience Centre, overlooking the Hanger Straight at the prestigious Silverstone racing circuit, saw attendees split into groups to hear about the latest driver monitoring technology and then to test their own skills. Supported by CLM’s business partners, delegates got to experience on the road training with instructors from TTC and then test their skills in driving simulators from XPI. Technology, provided by Trackm8, was fitted to the test vehicles so that as well as hearing about general monitoring advancements, drivers could hear about their own performances behind the [...]

By |May 30th, 2019|Categories: Fleet|0 Comments

Tyres Trigger Debate at Silverstone

Tyre Matters Debated at CLM's Silverstone Customer Event At CLM’s recent driver safety focused event, delegates got to hear all about recent tyre developments and how tyre tread is currently the subject of much debate in the fleet and wider motoring industry. Michelin shared details about how electronics are being incorporated into tyres to allow tyre performance to be monitored by the vehicle they are fitted to, and from afar as well. And not just about pressure, but tread depth and damage too. It might not be that long before fleet managers don’t need to inspect employee tyres in carparks any longer because sensors and software will ultimately do it for them. The technology is being trialled in certain [...]

By |May 14th, 2019|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

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
Load More Posts