Tesla launch the Model X SUV

Tesla Motors has unveiled its new electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Model X, with much fanfare in California. The debut comes amid growing speculation that low-carbon vehicles are finally on the verge of a breakthrough after the Volkswagen emissions scandal. The Model X has been billed by Tesla and its chief executive, Elon Musk, as the company’s most advanced vehicle to date. The specifications and the look of the Model X will certainly catch the eye of motorists who have become disillusioned by the traditional automotive industry in light of VW cheating emissions tests on diesel cars. Musk claims the scandal shows the time has come for carmakers to “move to a new generation of technology” or face being wiped out. “What the Volkswagen [scandal] is really showing is that we’ve reached the limit of what’s possible with diesel and gasoline,” he said….

Safe Winter Driving Advice

Fleetdrive would like all drivers to stay safe on the roads this Christmas, so we’d like to share with you some useful winter driving tips: Only drive if the journey is necessary Plan ahead and make sure someone knows of your journey Keep more space than usual between you and the car in front  – in icy conditions, it should be at least 10 seconds When making a right turn into a side road, keep the wheels straight so if you were hit from behind you wouldn’t be sent into oncoming traffic When braking on snow or ice, be sure to change to a low gear and brake gently Watch out for areas in shade, such as behind a building or in the shade of trees, as these can be slippery when the rest of the road is dry Before you set off, remember…

Fleets realise benefits of cold weather tyres

A growing number of firms are turning to cold weather tyres to keep their fleets mobile as winter weather starts to set in. So says ATS Euromaster, which has seen a seven-fold increase in sales of cold weather tyres since the beginning of November 2013 and expects its total cold weather tyre sales to exceed £10m in 2013. The firm says its cold weather tyre sales increased by 14% in 2012 compared with the previous year, and this year is on track for further double-digit growth. Peter Fairlie, ATS Euromaster’s group sales director, puts this down to more businesses seeing the benefits of fitting seasonal tyres in response to the growing trend for prolonged periods of freezing temperatures, ice and snowfall in the UK. He said: ‘Temperatures plummeted in November and the gritters have been kept busy on our roads, but we’ve not seen…

Correcting tyre pressures could save you ££££s

A Yorkshire NHS Trust has been told it could save almost £22,000 per year on fuel by running its company car fleet with the correct tyre pressures. The finding was made at a Michelin event held by the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to test the pressures and condition of employees’ tyres. Results from the 75 cars tested showed that 49% of tyres were at the correct pressure – better than the national average of 28% – and a further 24% of tyres were classed as “acceptable”, meaning they were up to 7psi under-inflated. Technicians found 15 cars which had at least one tyre “dangerously” or “very dangerously” under-inflated. Not only do such tyres pose serious safety risks but they also cost fleets more in fuel. Aggregated across the whole 2,000-strong fleet at the Trust, the findings show that significant savings could…

Car insurance premiums rise for many UK businesses

Two-fifths of UK businesses have suffered from rising company car insurance premiums over the past 12 months, new research by TomTom Business Solutions has revealed. Companies could be doing more to address the risk factors affecting premium costs, however, as the survey 71% of companies do not provide regular training for drivers. Only 36% monitor driver performance as a means of assessing and reducing risk, with less than a quarter of those (22%) using technology to do so. Giles Margerison, director UK & Ireland, TomTom Business Solutions, said: “Too often cars are viewed as an employee benefit rather than a place of work, so more can be done by businesses to improve safety, reduce collision rates and drive down the cost of insurance premiums. “Initiatives such as regular staff communications, safety discussions, driver training and schemes for measuring and improving driver performance are powerful…

FTA launches weather warning system for fleet managers

With weather reports of snow and ice on the way, the FTA (Freight Transport Association) is offering up-to-date information on traffic and weather conditions that might affect transport operators. FTA’s traffic service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing vital amber and red winter weather alerts. Daily updates give information on UK road traffic and weather conditions affecting freight operations, with additional alerts on severe incidents. There are also advance warnings of any severe weather forecasts issued by the Met Office. Further information is available on the FTA website . The FTA website also contains advice for managers and drivers on dealing with poor weather conditions, such as the importance of operators ensuring vehicles are properly kitted out for wintry conditions. For delivery fleets, when conditions are severe operators should consider contacting customers to discuss delivery expectations and prioritise to keep fleet…