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IAM RoadSmart and Nextbase find 14 per cent have forgotten how to drive

IAM RoadSmart and Nextbase find 14 per cent have forgotten how to drive

A recent survey of 1,500 British motorists by dash-cam manufacturer Nextbase, in partnership with road safety charity IAM RoadSmart, has found that the pandemic has had a negative effect on driving skills.  Key findings are as follows: 61% of UK drivers believe they are ‘COVID Drivers’ with car accidents increasing sharply by 22% over the late May Bank Holiday. 44% of drivers feel nervous about taking long-distance drives post-lockdown. 38% of those surveyed expect to see an increase in road rage due to a traffic increase post... Read full article

Prepare to restart by optimising your fleet

Prepare to restart by optimising your fleet

As of Monday May 17th, according to the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown, it will be possible to dine inside restaurants and other venues, attend events, and you can even stay at English hotels.  You will find a full summary of the roadmap out of lockdown here. We will be allowed to have meetings indoors, although all of this is recommended with continued social distancing and good ventilation of rooms.    If all goes to plan, restrictions will be released entirely from June 21st and, in theory, everything should be back to... Read full article

The number of cars needing a new battery has increased by a third during lockdown

The number of cars needing a new battery has increased by a third during lockdown

A telematics provider has found that the number of vehicles needing a new battery has increased by a third during lockdown, reports Fleet News. Research into the effects of lockdown on the health of 5,000 vehicles shows that, whilst there was an overall decline of 4% in fault codes, the number of batteries needing a re-charge had increased by 46%. This highlights the value of telematics systems. We at Marshall Leasing are pleased to offer our own telematics service, Marshallmatics, which is a great tool for tracking driver behaviour and the impact it may have on... Read full article

What is the post-pandemic future of transportation?

What is the post-pandemic future of transportation?

The Capgemini Research Institute has published a new report, Shifting Gears, which investigates ‘how consumers see the car as a safe space’.  Researchers believe that post-pandemic, people will continue to avoid public transportation – potentially increasing grey fleet use.  A survey of more than 11,000 consumers from 11 countries (the US, the UK, France, Germany, China, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Spain, and India), in April 2020 found that just 44% of respondents would choose their car over public transport. When asked... Read full article

Lockdown traffic is busier this time around

Lockdown traffic is busier this time around

Analysis of new data from RAC Black Box Insurance has revealed that traffic levels during the current lockdown restrictions are higher than those of the first lockdown in March 2020. Traffic levels have reduced by 22% since the latest lockdown rules were introduced on January 5 2021, compared with normal levels as recorded in the first week of February 2020.  The RAC has just reported its “busiest start to a New Year on record” with 8% more breakdowns in first four days of... Read full article

Fleets are ‘better prepared’ for lockdown 3.0

Fleets are ‘better prepared’ for lockdown 3.0

Chair of the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) Paul Hollick has commented on the fleet industry’s position as we navigate lockdown 3.0. Paul Hollick says that fleet professionals, particularly those responsible for the running of essential services such as the NHS, learned new skills to cope with the pandemic during the UK’s first lockdown last year (2020), which has enabled them to better handle the demands of this most recent lockdown.  He said, “Fleet managers are now experienced in this area and almost have a ‘lockdown... Read full article

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