Driving Myths | Conviction or Fiction

At Agility Fleet we take driver safety seriously, and we have noticed there are a few myths in the driving world at the moment. So, we thought we would take this opportunity to investigate these myths and bring you the facts.

Eating and drinking behind the wheel

This one is a tricky subject. It is not actually illegal to eat or drink (non-alcoholic) behind the wheel, however if the action is causing you to lose control or distract you in anyway if you are caught by the police you will be fined for driving without due care & attention (CD10). Being convicted under CD10 would mean a minimum of 3 points being added to your licence.

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Driving through puddles

Whether you intend to or not driving through puddles is an offence and if caught committing the misdemeanour you can be prosecuted under the 1988 Road Traffic Act for selfish or aggressive behaviour on the road.

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Driving barefoot/flip flops

FICTION. As long as you can operate the pedals safely it is not an offence to drive barefoot or in flip flops.

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Speed cameras without white markers won’t catch me!

This is also fiction, there are many different types of speed cameras in the UK. Not all speed cameras have white markers on the floor to gauge your speed, it does not therefore mean they do not work. However, ensuring you do the speed limit should be the priority. Road safety is not a myth to be tested. A total of 3points and a minimum of £100 can be the result of receiving a SP30 or SP50 conviction.

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You can use a mobile device whilst stationary

The law for using mobile phones or any hand-held device when driving is an offence. The definition of ‘driving’ includes whenever the engine is switched on. This being either in a traffic jam, at traffic lights or being parked up. The minimum penalty for using a handheld device whilst driving (CU80) is 3points and a £100 fine. http://www.rac.co.uk/press-centre/press-releases/motorists-muddled-over-mobile-phone-law

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The All-New Mazda3 | Is it for me…?

Redesigned and now fully equipped with SKYACTIV Technology. The Mazda3 is the first model stated by Mazda to offer internet connectivity to apps such as Facebook and Twitter.  The 7” touch screen with MZD-Connect infotainment enhances the driver experience and makes commuting hassle-free.

Not only is the new sculptured body creating an uproar amongst consumers but also the low CO2 emissions (99g/km) and excellent fuel efficiency (74.3mpg) is generating lots of appeal.

The Mazda3 demonstrates class as well as entertainment so would fit perfectly into any business fleet. If you are interested in having the Mazda3 become a part of your fleet contact us on 01527 571605.Blog divider

The All-New Mazda 2

This high level spec hatchback is bursting with energy, character and it’s striking new design is turning heads.

Whether you are on the motorway or commuting within the city this super hatchback offers exceptional MPG (83.1mpg) and CO2 (89g/km) and reaches 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds.

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The Mazda2 is premium in look and feel, it is also jam packed full of technology fitted as standard. Such as; SAT Nav, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Touchscreen, Smart City Brake Support and SKYACTIV Technology all centred around the driver cockpit to ensure a comfortable driver experience.

If you are interested in having the Mazda2 become a part of your fleet contact us on 01527 571605.

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Come join us at Fleet Management Live 2016

We are excited to be exhibiting at Fleet Management Live at the NEC in Birmingham and to be showcasing our new branding!

We would like to invite you to join the team for a catch up and to find out more about our new products and services at the event on 19th and 20th October, 2016.

Our core values are a way of life for us, along with developing relationships with our clients based on trust. We pride ourselves on continually improving our service and providing consistently high levels of customer satisfaction, which has been recognised in our recent ‘FN50 Customer Service Team of the Year Award’.

We would love for you to join us for a light lunch from 12:00pm until 1:00pm or for afternoon tea from 2:30pm until 3:00 pm on Stand E14.

For your free badge to enter the exhibition register here. We look forward to seeing you.

Who will be available on the day?

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       Sales Director Lee O’Connell               Operations Director Jacki Stevenson

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Top 5 Tips For Autumn Driving

With the seasons changing the sun will be positioned lower in the horizon when travelling during rush hour and other times throughout the day. We all know far to well in England there can be a mixture of icy roads and morning dazzle so we need to be prepared.

Here are our 5 top tips to prepare for the autumn weather and stay safe.

1.Low Sun

Keep the interior and exterior of your windscreen clear from mist and smears, this can help reduce being dazzled by the sun. Make sure you always have a pair of sunglasses to hand and use the sun visor to assist you. If the sun is too bright slow down safely and promptly or find a safe place to stop.

2.Check your bulbs

Remember to check all your lights and not just your head lights, that includes break lights, fog lights, indicators front/back and number plate lights. England can be deceiving, autumn may throw in some winter weather and fog so better to be safe than sorry.

3.Tyres

Check you tyre tread and pressure regularly especially before a long journey. The recommended minimum before replacing tyres for winter is 4mm*

If your tyre tread is on or approaching the 4mm level we recommend replacing before the cold weather takes hold.

Did you know the RAC recommend a overall minimum of 3mm tread depth for tyre replacement whatever the conditions as stopping distances dramatically increase once on or below 3mm. They also reported the stopping distance between 3mm and 1.6mm (the legal minimum) can increase by as much as 44% when breaking in wet conditions.

4.General car maintenance 

Check the battery, oil, filters and wiper blades for any repairs/replacements or top ups. All of these should be checked on a monthly basis to avoid running out mid journey.

Air filters are usually replaced every 6months so if yours haven’t been replaced in a while it may be worth thinking about changing them.

5.Don’t panic

If you breakdown remember to stay calm and wait in a safe place away from the road and vehicle.

Autumn temperatures can dramatically vary so think about packing extra clothing, a high-vis or blankets in the boot just in case.

Before exiting the vehicle put your coat on preferably a reflective jacket, warning lights/ hazards and exit the vehicle from the curb side door so not to expose yourself to passing traffic and wait at a distance for roadside assistance.

*Source: Continental Tyres

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The Importance of Driver Licence Checks

There are many different categories to driving licences and a key part of running a fleet of any type – car, van, truck, minibus or 4×4 – is making sure that your employees drive legally with a valid driving licence. There are variations arising that may impose on an employee’s validity to drive such as; country of origin and vehicle classification. These checks are not only necessary for company vehicles but for any vehicle an employee drives during working hours.

As an employer, it is your duty of care to ensure that professional drivers, company car scheme ‘opt out’ drivers, grey fleet and pool car users are appropriately licensed and insured to drive. This ensures that in the event of an incident, risks for the employee and employer are mitigated and compliance improved.

Conducting a driver licence check and gaining validation can bring a number of benefits to your business, including:

  • Reduced risk of misinterpreted information, fraud and dishonesty
  • Confidence that your drivers are appropriately licensed and insured
  • Avoidance of potential fines under corporate manslaughter and health and safety legislation

Research from the AA shows that 1 in 650 drivers are driving while disqualified, and 1 in 300 have a revoked or expiring license*. This could therefore mean without regular license checks you may be exposed to additional risk, and not be compliant with your duty of care responsibilities.

Ensuring you have a robust and well-managed policy, with a signed and dated copy of the employees licence on record may protect the company and its managers/directors, should the worst happen.

Best practice suggests that driving licence checks are carried out on an annual basis. To help with administering this process, we offer to carry out driver licence checks on your behalf.  Depending on the risk factors it may be of benefit to your company to check all employees licences on a 6month period.

*Source: AA DriveTech Fleet Risk Management Document “Driving For Work”

 

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