Category Archives: Motoring
- 17million UK drivers admit to road rage tendencies
Britain’s roads are rife with bad, and often dangerous, driving habits, that’s according to a study by business driving expert, The Fuelcard Company, which has identified the top ten driving faux pas being committed on the nation’s roads.
The study questioned 1,000 drivers across the UK and discovered that more than half of Brits (52%) have picked up some potentially dangerous driving habits, with the following found to be the most common:
- Going too fast (64%)
- Texting while driving (60%)
- Using the phone or hands-free (57%)
- Eating at the wheel (54%)
- Driving too close to other vehicles (52%)
- Throwing rubbish out of the window (51%)
- Going too slow (50%)
- Smoking behind the wheel (48%)
- Hogging the middle lane (47%)
- Checking phone notifications (46%)
Interestingly, more than a third of drivers claim to only practise these bad habits when they are in their car alone. However, despite confessing to exhibiting some of these bad behaviours, more than one-in-four (27%) of UK drivers claim to be the best driver they know and 37% say they are a better driver than their partner.
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The report also asked drivers about road rage with 38% admitting they felt they suffered from it, the DVLA currently lists 45.5 million drivers in Great Britain equating to 17million drivers suffering from road rage. Almost a third of the drivers said they had seen a vehicle being cut up, more than a fifth (20.2%) stated they had seen someone get out of a car to threaten another driver and worse still 7% had actually witnessed a car ‘ram’ another vehicle.
Other bad practices identified in the study include driving without shoes (13%), singing while driving (31%) and shockingly, committing sexual acts (8%). Ranging from the seemingly innocent to the downright dangerous, many of the behaviours uncovered are actually illegal too.
Richard Brown, Commercial Director at The Fuelcard Company said: “Driving is something us Brits do every single day and it’s certainly something which becomes second nature to us. Learning to drive and passing your test may seem like a lifetime ago, especially if you’re clocking a lot of hours behind the wheel during the working day, but picking up nasty habits could potentially have serious consequences. Whether you’re driving for personal or business reasons, bad habits can take a driver’s attention off the road meaning they can miss potential hazards.
“Some of the habits we identified seem relatively innocent, but we’d urge people to pay attention next time they’re behind the wheel to see exactly how many of these habits they’re guilty of without even realising it – they may be surprised. We’ve conducted this study to stress the importance of paying proper attention when you’re driving, to ultimately make sure our roads are a safe place to be.”
As part of this driver awareness campaign, The Fuelcard Company has also created a fun interactive online calculator which generates an individual’s driving statistics since they got their license and identifies their driving persona. Try it out here: www.fuelcards.co.uk/what-type-of-driver
Panasonic introduces Automotive Mobile Test Solution to enhance vehicle system initialisation and production testing
Designed in collaboration with leading automotive manufacturers
BRACKNELL, UK. 13th September 2016 Designed by Panasonic Global Design Solutions following close consultation with leading industry manufacturers, Panasonic has launched its next generation in-line testing solution for the automotive industry at Automechanika in Frankfurt, Germany. The Panasonic Automotive Mobile Test Solution (AMTS) combines the technology requested by the automotive industry for efficient vehicle production and initialisation with enterprise features for seamless integration into a corporate IT environment.
Designed with user and processes in mind
The device has been developed with both ease of use and automotive production processes at the forefront of the design. The AMTS, based on the market-leading fully rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet, incorporates a 7 inch capacitive multi-touchscreen display, an NFC contactless card reader, integrated high power infrared, and a 2D barcode reader which are situated within the specially designed handle of the AMTS which aids mobility in the production environment.
The solution is designed to be positioned on the steering wheel or the dashboard of the vehicle being tested due to its interchangeable, protective mounting insert. The AMTS also includes four programmable hot keys for one-touch access to important applications and functionality.
The AMTS is built with the connectivity requirements of the automotive manufacturers in mind with dual rugged connectors that allow USB communication plus protected ODB in-vehicle charging from a VCI device. This means that the solution is ergonomic for both left and right hand drive vehicles.
The power for testing applications
To meet the processing and efficiency requirements for automotive testing, the Panasonic AMTS is powered by the Intel® Core™ m5-6Y57 vPro processor (1.1GHz up to 2.8 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and a 4MB Intel cache) and Intel® HD graphics. It comes with the latest Windows 10 Pro operating system, which can be downgraded to Windows 7 Professional. For storage there is a 128GB Solid State Drive with 256GB optional.
For communications, the AMTS is equipped with Bluetooth™ v4.1+EDR Class 1 and an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 WLAN capability with optional 4G mobile broadband (Gobi 5000, compatible to 3G) connectivity.
A decade of design history
“Panasonic has near a decade of experience collaborating with some of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers to create rugged mobile devices designed for the industry’s requirements,” said Robert Blowers, Head of R&D and General Manager at Panasonic Computer Products Europe. “As a result of our relationship and collaborative approach with these manufacturers, The Automotive Mobile Test Solution is the next generation of mobile device to help deliver ever more efficient and cost effective vehicle production for our customers.”
The Panasonic AMTS will be available from October 2016 and is priced from £3,490.
For further information visit: www.toughbook.eu
- New Land Rover Discovery shows its unrivalled capability on Guinness World Record-breaking LEGO structure
- Show-stopping reveal features Land Rover customers Bear Grylls, Sir Ben Ainslie and Zara Phillips MBE
- Full-size seven-seat versatility demonstrated by Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR sailing team, the British challenger for the 35th America’s Cup
- London’s Tower Bridge made from 5,805,846 LEGO bricks, beating previous record by 470,646 pieces
- For full details on the New Land Rover Discovery visit www.media.landrover.com
Solihull, UK, 28 September 2016: Land Rover has revealed the New Discovery seven-seat SUV by breaking a Guinness World Record for the largest LEGO structure ever built.
Long-term Land Rover Discovery owners Bear Grylls, Sir Ben Ainslie and Zara Phillips took part in the dynamic live reveal of Land Rover’s most versatile model around a 13-metre high LEGO version of London’s Tower Bridge.
Land Rover unveils the New Discovery at launch event at Packington Hall, Solihull UK, alongside world record breaking LEGO structure of London’s Tower Bridge
The New Discovery embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure. It is highly desirable with unrivalled capability and technology like no other.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, said: “New Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV.”
Everyday ingenuity has been at the heart of the Discovery for the last 27 years, with more than 1.2 million customers to date. The new Discovery is for the digital age. Ingenious technology keeps your family safe, connected and confident on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers to ensure your destination is reached.
The fifth-generation model benefits from Land Rover’s strong, safe and light full-size SUV architecture, delivering comfort and adaptability like no other.
The reveal set was made from 5,805,846 individual LEGO bricks, breaking the previous Guinness World Record by 470,646 pieces. Laid end to end, the bricks would stretch for almost 200 miles, or from Tower Bridge in London to Paris.
Led by the UK’s only LEGO Certified Professional, Duncan Titmarsh, it took five months for expert LEGO Master Builders in the UK to construct the incredible Tower Bridge structure. It was erected in the grounds of Packington Hall, Warwickshire, UK – close to Land Rover’s Solihull plant, where New Discovery will be produced.
As part of the dramatic reveal sequence, British adventurer Bear Grylls appeared in typically exciting fashion by abseiling from the top of the huge Tower Bridge installation, through the open drawbridge and onto the stage beside the New Discovery.
The finale was Land Rover BAR Team Principal Sir Ben Ainslie driving his sailing team through 900mm-deep water under the bridge – demonstrating the unrivalled capability and versatility of Land Rover’s new SUV. Sir Ben towed a LEGO replica of the Land Rover BAR boat, a 186,500-brick meticulous model of the boat that will challenge for next year’s America’s Cup.
The model of Tower Bridge was flanked by two LEGO ‘Discovery Zones’ celebrating 27 years of Land Rover Discovery heritage. An Equestrian Zone, hosted by accomplished rider Zara Phillips, featured a typically British picnic scene made entirely from LEGO bricks. The Bear Grylls Adventure Zone included a LEGO fire and boulders to represent a scene from a typical mountain exploration.
New Discovery represents the next step in Land Rover’s journey of transformation from cogs to code and is designed, engineered and manufactured with the help of some of the 1,300 talented young engineers currently on the company’s leading training programmes. Jaguar Land Rover is one of UK’s leading recruiter of graduates and apprentices: 3,000 have joined in the past six years and 400 new recruits have just started on the 2016 intake.
Bear Grylls said: “I have developed a powerful bond with Land Rover vehicles over the years and to me they embody that spirit of adventure coupled with a rugged reliability that also serves the needs of a young family. The Land Rover Discovery is invaluable on expeditions, whether filming in deserts, jungles or mountains, yet it’s still the perfect vehicle for the family’s everyday use. It’s a proud moment to be here with Land Rover revealing the New Discovery to the world.”
Emma Owen, LEGO UK and Ireland Spokeswoman, said: “We are thrilled that Jaguar Land Rover has used LEGO bricks to add some Guinness World Record-breaking creativity to the launch of the latest Discovery. This is an epic, outstanding build that absolutely captures the imagination in a way we haven’t seen before. With LEGO bricks and some imagination you really can build anything!”
For full details on the New Land Rover Discovery visit www.media.landrover.com
Sales Coaching Company Teknosell to work with Scania in 69 countries in context of Next Generation Truck Range
Teknosell is a professional coaching and training organisation, founded in Sweden, specializing in sales, customer service and product launch training programs using a newly developed method. With Scania having invested 20 billion SEK in the Next Generation Scania Truck Range, the biggest launch in the truck manufacturer’s 125-year history, Teknosell’s CEO Kristian Rosvall looks forward to expanding the cooperation.
“We have been coaching Scania’s sales force across the globe for the past year to prepare them for the big launch. By preparing every individual salesperson in this way, Scania is truly breaking new ground in how new products and services are launched to the global market. With the extension of the program that now becomes official, we will continue coaching Scania´s staff after the actual launch and expand the scope to cover 26 languages in 69 markets.”
Traditional product and sales training typically involves group and in-class sessions, which are costly and logistically challenging when it comes to large-scale businesses such as Scania. To overcome these challenges, Teknosell coaches staff using an innovative and unique training solution developed in close collaboration with Scania over the last several years.
“We knew that we had to employ an individual approach to bring up the skills of sales staff to a desired level and prepare them to sell something completely new. It was a challenge to design a training program that would reach out to each participant while being scalable on a global level. Today we are able to simultaneously train thousands of participants in different languages all over the world. We can do all this while giving individual feedback on a weekly basis, carefully pacing our programs and maintaining management commitment. This way we manage to gradually align staff training objectives with the company’s vision, in a very down-to-earth way.” said Kristian Rosvall.
”For a global enterprise, it is certainly a challenge to coordinate training to ensure that a large target group of employees receive uniform training. Teknosell accomplishes this through coaching our salesforce in local languages which is a prerequisite for results. Their method enables us to reach thousands of sales representatives around the world on a weekly basis and to measure results and progress on an individual level. This is something we value”, said Eric Ljunggren, Sales Development Manager at Scania.
The method has been validated through cooperation with Scania in a gradually increasing number of markets over several years, and feedback from markets has been encouraging. In Spain, one of the markets running the program for the longest time, 94% of surveyed sales managers were positive towards the program in an evaluation after completing 18 months.
“We believe that our method is simply a smarter way of training people in large corporations. For years I have seen that managers are fed up with one-off training events that do nothing to change every day behaviour of their staff. Scania saw the need of a more efficient way of training their sales and service organization, and I think our international cooperation with them is a great example of how our method can help global businesses achieve their goals.”
According to Rosvall, expansion and establishing a strategic position in the global market are two main objectives for Teknosell in the near future.
If you have a conviction, whether it’s for a motoring offence or something else, then you might think it’s impossible to get work and find affordable insurance. This isn’t necessarily true however.
It’s certainly true that some employers and insurers might choose not to deal with you at all if you have a conviction but there are still options out there.
Below are some of the important things to be aware of.
Do I need to declare my conviction to employers?
One of the most important things to be aware of when you have a conviction is whether you need to declare it or not. Whether you need to declare your conviction to employers will depend on whether it’s spent or unspent.
For more serious convictions that carry a prison sentence of 2 and a half years or longer then the conviction will remain unspent indefinitely. For convictions that come with a fine or community service then they’ll be spent after 5 years. For prison sentences of 6 months or less, the conviction will be spent after 7 years. For convictions with a 6 months to 2 and a half years prison sentence, they’ll be spent after 10 years.
If you’d like to find out more about your particular conviction then here’s a full list of motoring convictions along with their codes.
Working as a freelance van driver
The alternative to finding employment as a van driver is to set up as a freelancer. The good thing about working freelance is that you won’t have the issue of having to declare your conviction to employers. However it’s important to note that you’ll still need to declare any unspent convictions to insurance providers. The same rules mentioned above apply.
Getting insurance at an affordable price
If you’re looking for convicted driver’s insurance then the best way to go about it is by going to a specialist provider. Many mainstream insurance providers don’t deal with drivers who have a conviction; or if they do they only offer policies at drastically increased prices. The reason for this is simply because convicted drivers are statistically more likely to make a claim.
The good news is that there are specialist providers of van insurance for convicted drivers who deal with each person on a case-by-case basis. Although the price you can expect to pay for your van insurance will still be higher than it would if you didn’t have a conviction, you will find that specialist providers offer much more reasonable prices that most people can afford.
With offices in London, Oxford, Swindon, Marlborough and Bath, leading multi-practice law firm Royds Withy King, has achieved significant efficiency gains through Zylpha’s MOJ (Ministry of Justice) portal integration software.
Working in conjunction with Royds Withy King’s existing workflow and case management systems, Zylpha (www.zylpha.com) automates the transfer of case management information to the MoJ Portal for both RTA (Road Traffic Accident) and EL/PL (Employer’s and Public Liability) claims. This integration enables Royds Withy King to manage the processes involved more smoothly, with submission processing times reduced by over 80% when compared to previous paper based systems.
Sarah Williams, Visualfiles Developer at Royds Withy King agrees that the benefits of Zylpha’s MOJ are clear. She said: “By using Zylpha’s MOJ Portal integrations for both RTA and EL/PL, we have completely eliminated the hassle of submitting and managing claims.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to put the needs of our clients and our staff first. Zylpha is an excellent example of this investment in innovation, as our teams no longer have to spend hours on the portal re-keying data that is already contained in our Visualfiles case management system. This is extremely well thought of by our managers, staff and clients.
“From Zylpha’s own analysis we know that based on our number of claims to the MOJ Portal, we save a considerable amount of time a year. By reducing the administrative processes internally, we can focus more time on other areas of the business.”
Tim Long Zylpha’s CEO welcomed these comments adding,
“Whether the firm is dealing with businesses or private individuals, Royds Withy King creates and builds excellent relationships with its clients, based on mutual respect. Indeed, the practice never stops working to make service levels the best that they can be and innovation is an important element of this strategy. One area where technology has played such a role is reducing the time taken to make the MoJ Portal submission processes considerably more efficient.
“Naturally, we are delighted that Royds Withy King has chosen Zylpha’s Portal integration to achieve this and to hear that this has both benefitted Sarah’s team and helped to increase client focus too. We look forward to working closely with them and hopefully identifying other ways in which we can make a difference.”
If you work as a courier, whether you work for a company or freelance, you’ll want to take every step you can to save money. This means getting fuel at the best price you can as well as taking any measures possible to save on insurance.
Courier insurance needs to protect you for the risks you face on the road, such as collisions, theft and fire. In addition to this you also need to think about the packages you’re transporting and protecting yourself from potential liability claims.
Before looking at the best ways you can save money on courier insurance, let’s look at the cover options available and the factors that impact on cost.
Types of courier insurance
- Third party – Third party insurance is the minimum level of cover you need to be able to drive legally. It will cover other road users in the event that you are at fault for a collision. You can also add fire and theft to a third party policy for extra protection.
- Comprehensive – A comprehensive policy will cover you for all types of collisions, even ones that you are liable for. It’s usually recommended when you can afford it.
- Public liability – Public liability will protect you against liability claims from members of the public, should you injure or kill somewhere due to negligence.
- Goods in transit – Goods in transit will protect the packages you’re carrying in your vehicle for theft and damage.
- Breakdown assistance – Breakdown assistance is a must when you rely on your vehicle to make a living. If you already have it then it’s still worth finding out how much it would cost to have it included in your policy since you might be able to save money.
Factors that affect cost
- Your age – Your age will certainly affect the price of your insurance. Drivers under the age of 25 are statistically more likely to be involved in a collision so if you’re in this age bracket then you can expect to pay more for a policy.
- Your experience – Your driving experience will also impact the cost of courier insurance. The more experience you have on the roads, the less you can expect to pay.
- Your vehicle – The value of your vehicle also has a big impact on cost. This is why it’s better to seek out a moderately priced vehicle if possible.
Best ways to save money
Below are some of the best ways to save money on courier insurance –
- Make your vehicle secure – You should always make the effort to secure your vehicle by installing security devices such an alarm and tracking device. Taking these measures will help to lower the cost of your insurance significantly.
- Pay annually – If you can afford to pay for your policy annually then you’ll be able to negotiate a lower rate with your insurance provider.
- Get a lot of quotes – Getting quotes from different insurance providers makes it easy to pick out the policy that offers the best value for money.