Motorists will be hit by sharp rise in fuel prices

01/12/2016

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While fuel duty was frozen again by the Chancellor during his Autumn Statement last week, motorists are set to be hit by sharp rise in fuel prices in the run up to Christmas following an agreement to limit output by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec).

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ADBLUE: HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR FLEET

02/11/2016

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Fleet managers are feeling the effects of AdBlue top-ups: and with most fleets running diesel vehicles also requiring AdBlue, uncertainties about cost or where to top up aren’t going away. Here are the facts as they stand.

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JOURNEY PLANNING IN DECEMBER

02/11/2016

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Winter is coming: and the savvy fleet manager is already preparing for cold weather and poor road conditions. To help you get ready, we’ve put together a list of things to consider.

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TYRE SAFETY

03/10/2016

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TyreSafe, the UK charity dedicated to tyre safety, launches its annual Tyre Safety Month this October. To celebrate the event, and raise awareness of tyre safety in the fuelGenie community, we’re taking a look at the issues—and the tyre safety checks we should all be doing.

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ACCIDENT MANAGEMENT: MINIMISE THE COST OF UNAVOIDABLE ACCIDENTS

03/10/2016

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While minimising risk is the best way to minimise accidents, some are unavoidable. With 150 work-related Road Traffic Incidents (RTIs) occurring daily, the statistics point to your fleet vehicles being involved in post-incident litigation at some point. The question is, how much will it cost?

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DRIVER DISTRACTION: MOBILE SAFETY AND THE LAW

03/10/2016

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The RAC’s Annual Report on Motoring, 2016, identified a rise in the number of motorists using handheld mobile devices behind the wheel. 31% of surveyed motorists claimed to have used a mobile phone whilst driving, compared to 16% in 2014. And the RAC’s isn’t the only study to highlight the problem. Brake, a charity dedicated to raising road safety awareness, conducted a survey of 25-34-year-old drivers, and found that more than 50% admit to having read or sent a text when behind the wheel

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THE ART OF CAR BUYING

31/08/2016

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Are you buying cars or vans for your fleet? We’ve put together some tips and tricks for the savvy car buyer.

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TIMPSON SAVES WITH A MOVE TO FUELGENIE

31/08/2016

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National key cutting, shoe and watch repair, and mobile phone repair outlet Timpson has moved its fuel card custom to fuelGenie: and just five months into the contract, this thriving company is seeing big savings.

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SUMMER ROUTE PLANNING

25/07/2016

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In the summertime, journey durations go up and road hazards increase. More traffic means more congestion, squeezing your delivery times and increasing the time spent in traffic jams. School holidays put children on the streets, increasing the pedestrian hazard. And driver comfort and awareness become hard to plan for as changeable weather creates cab conditions that are hot one moment and freezing cold the next. Preparation is key to keeping your vehicles on the road and out of the traffic.

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DRIVING ABROAD—ARE YOUR DRIVERS COVERED?

19/07/2016

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Are your drivers properly covered for driving abroad? If your staff are taking company cars or vans across the Channel, they may assume their insurance already covers breakdown, recovery, and accidents. This may not be the case. It’s important to know exactly what your fleet is covered for before it travels—as improper cover can lead to hefty fines and vehicle repatriation fees. It’s also essential to know the basics of driving abroad, and to prepare by researching country-specific road rules.

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ANNUAL LEAVE COVER

14/07/2016

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Unmanaged, annual leave can leave you with a big headache. Your staff are entitled to 5.6 weeks of annual leave for every 12 months worked, if they work 5 days per week. And summer is the most popular time of year for time off, particularly if drivers have families and need to work around school holidays.

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LEASING CHANGES

20/06/2016

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For 10 years, accounting academics and lessors have been arguing about the ways in which leases are recorded on your balance sheets. Now, a change to the rules has been approved. We take a look at what it is, and what it could mean for your fleet.

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FRIENDLY DRIVERS, MORE BUSINESS

14/06/2016

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They say good manners cost nothing. In the fleet business, a friendly face and a good attitude can actually generate revenue. You treat your vehicles well, keeping them maintained and on top of their game. Do the same for your drivers, and the effect on your business could be another reason to smile!

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SAVING MONEY FOR YOUR FLEET BUSINESS

06/06/2016

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We all know that running a fleet means counting pennies. But how can you drive down the costs of fleet management without adversely affecting the service you deliver? Follow these tips for smaller spending and more efficient driving.

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HOT WEATHER TIPS—AVOID OVERHEATING AND ROAD RAGE!

23/05/2016

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Hot weather is bad for vehicles, and it’s bad for drivers too. Uncomfortable driving conditions can make us tired, irritable, and less able to concentrate on the road ahead. It’s important to minimise the mechanical and mental risks posed by hot weather, and get your fleet ready for the summer.

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SUMMER SAFETY REGULATIONS

23/05/2016

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As a fleet manager, you’re bound to uphold the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This means you’re legally required to minimise the risks associated with driving in hot weather. How well equipped are you to comply with safety regulations in the summer?

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DRINK DRIVING IN THE SUMMER

23/05/2016

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Some of you may be old enough to remember the ad: ‘in the summertime, when the weather is high… drinking and driving wrecks lives’. This 1992 public information campaign, one of the most effective ever in the UK, began with a sunny afternoon in a village pub and ended with a dead child in a crashed car. The message has never been clearer. Drinking and driving increases in the summer, and serious accidents caused by alcohol consumption rise alongside it.

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END OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR

21/04/2016

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As a fleet manager, you’ll know your role has become increasingly financial. The demands on fleet managers to successfully balance vehicle acquisition and related assets increase with each passing year. If the end of this financial year has left you stressed-out and finding it hard to cope, you’ll benefit from the information in this article. Read on for tips on effective budgeting. You’ll also find out what the Chancellor’s Spring Budget means for your fleet.

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SAVE MONEY THIS SUMMER

21/04/2016

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You’ve probably been winterizing your fleet for years—but how many fleet managers out there are summerizing their vehicles? It’s important to plan for the summer months, just as you would plan for the winter ones. We’ve put together some key tips to help you avoid costly deterioration and unplanned maintenance.

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REDSPOTTEDHANKY.COM

21/04/2016

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Summer is also about holidays, and this year we’ve got an excellent travel solution for you. If you can’t bear the idea of driving on your time off, catch the train to any UK destination and enjoy big savings on redspottedhanky.com.

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FUEL PRICE RISES: BE PREPARED

19/04/2016

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The freeze on fuel duty is good news for fleet managers: however, pump prices are rising, and your drivers could be spending more than they need to.

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SUMMER MAINTENANCE

18/04/2016

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Now the seasons are changing, it’s time to get your fleet ready for warmer weather. We’ve collected some essential tips for keeping your vehicles at peak performance during high temperatures.

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THE SMART WAY TO MANAGE YOUR BUSINESS TRAVEL

10/03/2016

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If you like the convenience of fuelGenie, you’ll definitely appreciate the benefits of a Premier Inn Business Account. In fact, it works in a similar way – giving you even greater control of your company’s hotel spend – and is completely FREE of charge, without any admin or set up fees. There’s up to six weeks interest free credit to help ease your cash flow and your employees can manage their expenses in a way that never leaves them out of pocket.

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HOW TO HANDLE LONG DAYS ON THE ROAD

09/03/2016

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For professional drivers, and people who have to drive long distances for other work purposes, a long journey is an everyday occurrence. But did you know that it’s bound by the same guidelines as driving work vehicles on a construction site? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ‘Driving at Work’ guidelines require all fleet managers and employers of people driving on public roads to carry out risk assessments, and put best practices in place to protect staff and members of the public.

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PLAN YOUR FUEL STOPS WITH THE FUELGENIE SATNAV

09/03/2016

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Did you know you can use fuelGenie’s satnav Points of Interest (POI) file to plan fuel stops, control the length of journeys, and make sure drivers don’t have to leave their route in search of petrol stations? Fuel efficiency is vital to cost-effective fleet management. Are you maximising your driver’s time on the road by finding conveniently-located fuelGenie forecourts before they travel?

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PLANNING YOUR DRIVE

09/03/2016

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Effective journey planning and good fleet management are two sides of the same coin. Check out our hints and tips for taking control of every drive, and start experiencing the benefits of increased management efficiency.

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THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN CHOOSING A FUEL CARD

09/02/2016

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You may not realise all the benefits you’re entitled to when you choose to save money with fuelGenie; or the hidden costs that may be waiting for you elsewhere. To help you make an informed choice, we’ve gone through the biggest factors that should affect your decision.

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ARE YOU GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR FUELGENIE CARD?

09/02/2016

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Your fuelGenie card give you access to a world of benefits, from easy online management to no-hassle money saving. Find out how to get the most out of your fuelGenie benefits, and make sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to!

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DID YOU KNOW…?

09/02/2016

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There’s more to fleet management than fuel economy. Use these hints and tips to make your management more effective.

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MEET DAN

09/02/2016

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Meet Dan, our new friend. He’s a smart sort of chap, and he’s using fuelGenie to save a tidy sum on his fleet management costs. As you can see from our new video, Dan’s getting a lot of benefits besides simply getting petrol or diesel on a card with no surcharges.

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WINTER REVIEW: SAFETY TIPS

15/01/2016

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The winter months bring the UK’s most predictable weather: wind, rain, ice and snow. Stop your fleet grinding to a halt by following these safety tips. Not only will they reduce the risk of accidents: they’ll also increase the longevity of your vehicles.

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UPCOMING FUTURE TECH, 2016

15/01/2016

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If 2015 was the year of telematics, 2016 looks set to be the year in which technology makes the performance of a vehicle itself safer and more efficient. Many of the improvements in vehicle performance created by these technologies are familiar to us already.

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BEST TECH OUTCOMES FROM 2015

14/01/2016

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In January 2015, 10 car manufacturers debuted technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) instead of at an automotive show. This marked a shift in our perception of vehicle tech. Suddenly, vehicle safety technology wasn’t just a part of the car, but news in its own right. But how did it affect our fleets?

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TECHNOLOGY THAT KEEPS YOUR FLEET SAFE

07/12/2015

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Fleet safety technology is advancing in new directions. Now, the emphasis is on avoiding incidents altogether - rather than minimising the effects of a collision on a driver or passengers. Existing and future tech is bringing a vision of zero collisions closer, and driving down fleet vehicle downtime.

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DRINK DRIVING - THE DAY AFTER: WHEN AM I SAFE TO DRIVE?

03/12/2015

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We all know the dangers of drink driving - and thankfully, statistics suggest that the ‘don’t drink and drive’ message has hit home. The number of drivers who drive after drinking at night has considerably shrunk. But the number of drivers getting stopped by police first thing in the morning, driving home after taking what they thought was the sensible option of staying over? That’s on the rise.

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HOW GPS TRACKING CAN BENEFIT YOUR BUSINESS

04/11/2015

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Are you battling to stay on top of paperwork, or struggling to keep tabs on your fleet? GPS tracking systems could be for you. Enabling almost total fleet management, modern GPS systems are more than just location devices. They can help you control running costs, driver behaviour and overall safety. Below, we’ve explored the biggest reasons to implement a GPS tracking system.

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FIVE APPS TO HELP PREVENT DRIVER DISTRACTION

04/11/2015

Driver safety, and the safety of other road users and pedestrians, is the most important element of any journey. For fleet owners, whose drivers undertake long or multiple journeys in heavy road conditions, that importance is multiplied. Insurance claims and vehicle damage can be costly both in revenue and time terms. And personal injury at any level, whether to your drivers or members of the public, is every fleet manager’s worst nightmare.

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5 REASONS FOR INSTALLING DASH CAMS

04/11/2015

Speedy resolution of insurance claims. Accurate establishment of fault. No more painful claim contests forcing your fleet to agree to equal liability. If this sounds like a pipe dream, think again. The rising use of dashboard cameras is transforming the effect of road traffic incidents (RTIs) on fleet operators. If you haven’t installed the technology yet, have a look at these five compelling reasons to take the plunge.

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HEALTHY TYRES, LOWER FUEL CONSUMPTION

06/10/2015

Every fleet business runs on its tyres. Long distance or short haul, improperly inflated and maintained tyres can have a significant effect on performance, fuel consumption and profit.

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FIVE WAYS TO REDUCE VEHICLE DOWNTIME

06/10/2015

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Downtime has an impact on revenue, reputation and fleet management costs. Yet it remains a relatively un-measured contributing factor to the annual costs of running a business.

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SUPERMARKETS REDUCE THE COST OF FUEL

06/10/2015

Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have all cut their fuel prices recently, responding to a continuing drop in the price of oil. Prices had already been falling throughout July and August. On September 23rd, Tesco and Morrisons cut petrol prices in all of their filling stations by up to 2p per litre, the next day Sainsbury’s followed suit.

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SALARY SACRIFICE

04/09/2015

Salary sacrifice started life as a benefits incentive - a way to streamline tax effectiveness for employers and employees alike. It offers financing for company cars by giving the employee the option to sacrifice a monthly element of his/her salary in exchange for vehicle payments. These payments are subtracted before tax, and while they accrue Benefit-In-Kind tax demands (BIK) on the vehicle payments, the amount of BIK paid is normally less than the amount of NIC and income tax saved.

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10 APPS THAT WILL SUPERCHARGE YOUR FLEET

03/09/2015

Apps to supercharge you fleet

Mobile apps that take control of mileage, expense claims and even accident reporting are helping fleets manage costs - from the first turn of the ignition key to a driver’s evening meal. Find out which apps are enabling fleet managers to use alternatives to telematics, satnav and traditional reporting methods below.

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THE FUTURE OF FUEL

18/08/2015

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Alternative fuel is no longer the “exhaust pipe dream” it used to be. As the cost of running a fleet on regular diesel continues to hurt transport companies and vehicle owners, different ways of moving products and people from A to B have become serious considerations.

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VEHICLE MAINTENANCE OPTIONS

05/08/2015

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Service, maintenance and repair (SMR) can be the hardest part of your fleet’s budget to control. SMR is subject to more variables than most, many of them external and subjectively valued. For example, if your lease hire agreement includes a clause for added wear and tear costs, what constitutes that wear and tear?

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LEASING VS BUYING

05/08/2015

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Leasing or buying a vehicle is a big decision for a fleet owner. There are pros and cons to both routes, with business size and flexibility considerations competing for your attention on either side of the scale. We’ve taken a look at the factors that might affect your decision.

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FUELGENIE WORKS ITS MAGIC FOR AVONLINE

04/08/2015

Avonline, a leading UK service provider, saves time and money on business fuel expenses thanks to the savings and online account management the fuelGenie Fuel Card provides. The company switched from Arval and Keyfuels to a single, centralised fuelGenie package to keep their 70-strong fleet driving efficiently on the roads, servicing their 2 million customers nationwide.

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THE BUDGET’S IMPACT ON YOUR COMPANY VEHICLES

09/07/2015

The Chancellor has announced one of the biggest reforms to motoring in recent years. Companies will face significant differences to their vehicle tax due to a radical shake up of the current Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), which will see only zero-emission cars exempt.

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5 WAYS FUELGENIE CAN MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER

29/06/2015

Fed up of juggling cards, fuel reports and wasteful paper trails? It’s time to make the switch to a more efficient way of running your vehicles. Here are the top five benefits of using a fuelGenie fuel card to pay for your petrol or diesel:

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5 WAYS A FUEL CARD CAN SAVE YOUR BUSINESS MONEY

25/06/2015

Using a fuel card is more than just a convenient way to buy diesel or petrol. Easy account management and access to the best fuel prices ensure you’re saving money for your business too. We look at the five top ways a fuel card can cut costs for your business.

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FUELGENIE WORKS ITS MAGIC WITH SAINSBURY’S PARTNERSHIP

26/05/2015

Supermarket fuel card provider, fuelGenie operated by Worldline, has announced the expansion of its UK filling station network with the introduction of new supermarket partner, Sainsbury’s. From 26 May, fuelGenie customers will be able to use their business fuel card at 298 Sainsbury’s fuel stations nationwide.

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SAFER DRIVING, LOWER FUEL COSTS

18/05/2015

If there isn’t much talk about “ecodriving” in your fleet offices, there should be. Ecodriving is about saving money and reducing the energy costs of vehicle use. Through common sense driving techniques, good pre-trip planning and proper maintenance, it’s easy to make a dent in your bottom line. And the best thing is that all these ideas are easy to put into practice.

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THE TOP 5 MOST SCENIC DRIVES IN ENGLAND

23/04/2015

William Blake called it “this green and pleasant land”. Shakespeare trumpeted the virtue of “this sceptered isle”. Saint George’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on the glorious English countryside, and in celebration we’ve put together a list of the five greatest scenic drives in the country. We’d love to hear what you think, tweet @fuelgenie with your favourite drives.

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April Fuels Day- The Best April Fools of 2015

01/04/2015

Every year the motoring industry comes up trumps with some of the best, headline grabbing April Fools’ pranks. And 2015 was no exception! We’ve put together a list of our favourites, including a very mini Volkswagen, a bite-sized BMW and a chrome-plated Mini Cooper!

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The 5 Best Drives in Ireland

17/03/2015

Known for its stunning natural beauty and wealth of history, you could spend a lifetime exploring the roads of Ireland and still feel like you’d only seen the half of it. From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to quaint fishing villages, you can take in a huge variety of sites while driving the Emerald Isle. And while Ireland has invested heavily in its motorways and A roads, it’s off the busiest thoroughfares where you’ll find some of the country’s most charming drives.

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Drive Prepared

18/02/2015

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Take a few minutes to prepare you and your vehicle for the worst weather and you could save your business £200 a day.

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Don't Let the Cold Freeze Your Fleet

21/01/2015

The colder months are when more care needs to be taken on the roads as reduced visibility and hazardous road conditions increase the likelihood of a breakdown or accident. Over 180,000 car accidents* were caused in the UK last year due to driving in adverse weather conditions such as fog, snow and rain. Supermarket fuel card provider, fuelGenie, has compiled simple winter driving tips to keep drivers safe on the roads in adverse conditions.

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Top Checks For Your Fleet This Winter

20/11/2014

British weather is famous for being unpredictable - but it seems one thing we can guarantee is a spell of harsh weather during the winter. Check your company vehicles now, and throughout the coming months to ensure your drivers stay safe and your loads get through. We’ve compiled a list of top winter vehicle checks, inside and out, to help keep your business stay on the road.

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Keep Your Fleet Safe This Winter: Check Your Tyres

20/11/2014

Winter’s on the way: and unlike domestic drivers, who can choose not to use their vehicles when the snow and ice start causing havoc on the roads, your fleet has to keep going whatever the weather. Drive down maintenance costs, keep your fleet safe and stay on the roads by following our guide to winter driving safety.

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The challenge – to drive through 42 counties in just 24 hours

04/12/2012

Since 2011 Steve Gill has been a man on a mission to get disabled men and women into motorsports whether it be through spectating or participating. His latest project saw a team of 6 in a Saab 9-3 (provided by Specialist Vehicle Rental) armed with a fully loaded fuelGenie card courtesy of Tesco attempt to drive through 42 counties in just 24 hours.

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Planning road travel around the London Olympics 2012

09/07/2012

The 2012 Olympics are almost upon us and the excitement is already reaching fever pitch. At the same time there has been a rush of scare stories about the capital's ability to deal with the extra traffic and security measures, with the press gleefully predicting total road traffic chaos. But 70% of the capital's road journeys won't be affected in any way (1) and road works will be banned throughout the festivities, so the news isn't all bad!

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Jason Plato, sandwiches, Tesco and fuel cards – a winning combination

09/07/2012

Double British Touring Car Championship winner Jason Plato, who races in the spectacular all-new MG6 GT, has joined forces with fuelGenie's fuel card partner Tesco Petrol Filling Stations in an association that's set to take racing fans by storm. The champion's favourite sandwich filling, created especially for Tesco Petrol Filling Stations, is proving an equally big winner!

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Avoid HMRC tax code confusion – Use a fuel card!

19/06/2012

Are you a company car driver? If so, it's probably a good idea to check your HMRC tax code carefully. Why? The industry-leading publication Fleet News recently conducted a poll (1) in which a shocking 80% of drivers surveyed had been given an incorrect tax code in relation to their company vehicle.

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