Road Rage

Is Driver Aggression on the Increase? No one would deny that the pace of living gets ever faster. We’re rushed, stressed, harried and constantly pushed by our busy lives to do better, faster. This state of affairs impacts on all the areas of our day, from work to home-life and everywhere in between, potentially resulting in exhaustion, frayed tempers and rocketing frustration levels. So, it’s hardly surprising to read in the RAC motoring association’s latest report that road rage is at an all-time high. What is road rage? Wikipedia sums up the definition of road rage very nicely: ‘Road rage is aggressive or angry behaviour exhibited by a driver of a road vehicle. These behaviours include rude and offensive gestures, verbal insults, [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Categories: Driving|

Not So Smart After All?

Dynamic Smart Motorways Building to be Stopped Certain motorways, called dynamic smart motorways, allow the hard shoulder to be used as a running lane in times of high congestion. The function was introduced in a bid to ease traffic flow, without having the expense of widening the roads to add another lane. However, it’s been revealed by Highways England that this arrangement is ‘too complicated for people to use’ and no more roads will have this measure applied to them. What is a smart motorway? A smart motorway involves the use of a system of sensors, cameras and overhead gantries which can monitor the volume and flow of traffic.  The computerised system controls this flow by means of instructions [...]

By |October 24th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

Putting the Clocks Back

Does it Mean More Car Accidents? Cooler days and chilly nights tell us that we’re heading for winter again, but the real confirmation is when the clocks go back in October every year and suddenly make the afternoons darker earlier. Putting the clocks back an hour to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) from British Summer Time (BST) might not seem to make much difference to life in general, apart from potentially gaining an hour in bed! However, a report from the RAC Foundation research organisation says differently. It reveals that an average of 278 more drivers are likely to have a car accident in the two weeks following the time change. Research into driving accidents The study is based on [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

Green Number Plates?

Government Plans Green Number Plates for Electric Vehicles The government has announced a formal consultation on its proposals to introduce a highly visible way of identifying electric vehicles on the UK’s roads. The plans aim to allow individual drivers and fleets to demonstrate the positive environmental choice that they have made, as well as raising public awareness of the numbers of electric vehicles on the road and ‘normalising’ the idea of driving an EV. What's your view? The government plans to issue Electric Vehicles (EVs) with green number plates.  As a driver, would you like to be easily identified as having chosen an EV in this way?   The scheme is also intended to help city and local authorities [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Driving|

Concerning Increase in UK Drink Driving Deaths

Drink driving deaths in 2017 were at the highest level in almost a decade In a worrying and unexpected development, statistics recently published by the Department for Transport (DfT) show that there were 270 deaths in car crashes, or road traffic accidents, where at least one of the drivers involved were over the legal alcohol limit. And worse still, there is a fear that the statistics for that year may be followed with even worse findings in the coming years. The Legal Limit The legal alcohol limit for drivers in Wales and England is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. It can also be measured as 107 mg per 100 ml of urine, or 35 micrograms per [...]

By |October 21st, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

Mental Health for Drivers at Work

Mental Health for Drivers at Work Do you remember that moment when you first passed your driving test? Those immediate feelings of relief and excitement, transitioning to a sense of freedom and enjoyment in the proceeding months as driving enabled you to explore the world in a whole new manner. Fast forwards a few (perhaps many!) years and what comes to mind when you think about driving? Commuting to work, the school run, ferrying family members around at the weekend and journeying across town to the shops? Driving conditions seem to worsen, traffic is omnipresent, road surfaces are deteriorating, we feel guilty for not driving an electric vehicle, and so the list goes on. While a lucky few may [...]

By |October 10th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|

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|

WLTP / RDE Emissions Testing Update

The Latest on WLTP / RDE Emissions Testing You may have heard that changes occurred to the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) emissions regime on 1st September 2019. If you’re not sure what those changes are, here’s a quick guide. The WLTP ‘Second Act’ The second step in WLTP is simply a ramping up of the standards required as part of the testing regime and for a vehicle to be certified for sale. This means that any models that passed the test before 1st September will have their results run through a new set of algorithms to ensure that they meet the more stringent criteria. The new criteria include passing the Real Driving Emissions test (see below) and meeting [...]

By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|

HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates

Advisory Fuel Rates for September 2019 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has updated its Advisory Fuel Rates (AFRs) from 1 September. Under the new rates, petrol vehicles see 1 ppm rate decreases for engine sizes above 1.4 litres. 1601 to 2000cc diesel engines see a rate decrease of a penny a mile. And LPG sees a rate increase for the 1401- 2000cc bracket, when other rates are unchanged. The advisory electricity rate (AER) first introduced in September 2018 for plug-in electric cars remains unchanged at 4ppm. The AFR changes are relevant as the company car advisory fuel rates are used by organisations to reimburse drivers for fuel used in incurring business, rather than private mileage. Companies can use the old [...]

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet|
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