Mini-lease – Long Term Business Car Hire That Adapts To You

Mini-lease - Long Term Business Car Hire That Adapts To You Lease a business car for up to 12 months For businesses that want to hire their vehicles for months as opposed to days or years, Mini-lease is the ideal solution. You can hire a vehicle for six months instead of three years if that makes more sense for your business or your drivers. Best solution for long term car rental Shorter than a conventional company car lease, but longer and less expensive than daily rental, Mini-lease is a form of long term car rental available for contracts such as three, six or 12 months. A Mini-lease solution bridges the mobility gap between daily rental and longer-term contract hire [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|Categories: Fleet, Rental|

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|

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|

Switching from Petrol and Diesel?

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle ConundrumAlternative fuel vehicles, or AFVs, are unquestionably becoming a more popular choice with drivers. In fact, in recent research 60% of company car drivers stated that they are more likely to select an AFV for their next company car than a traditional petrol or diesel vehicle1.That’s a very strong demonstration of intent to make the switch to a more efficient pure electric or hybrid vehicle. However, taking a look at the latest statistics2 for the registration of new AFVs gives quite a different picture, with sales of all types of AFV accounting for just 7.5% of total car sales.So, what is it that’s creating this gap between the preference for an AFV and the final vehicle [...]

By |October 17th, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet, Vehicles|

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|

The Future of Company Vehicles?

A Holistic Approach to Employer Provided Vehicles Twenty years ago, the company car market was pretty straightforward; organisations chose to either purchase their vehicles outright or lease them, mainly through contract hire with hire purchase and finance lease thrown in when the circumstances demanded. In the intervening years the market has diversified, with new (or repackaged) offerings being launched with the promise to take advantage of the accounting regime and tax legislation of the moment. At a headline level these offerings have included employee car ownership (ECO), salary sacrifice and employee personal contract hire schemes, but behind the scenes there are numerous variants of each available. As their popularity has waxed and waned with successive regulatory turns, it has [...]

By |October 9th, 2019|Categories: Fleet, Funding|

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|
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