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Thinking of leasing a car through your business? We outline the benefits.

Thinking of leasing a car through your business? We outline the benefits. In our latest article we’ve outlined some of the benefits of business car leasing, whether you're a sole trader or the owner of a Limited... Read More

Are you up to speed with ULEZ?

Are you up to speed with ULEZ? If you’ve just read the title and thought “ULEZ…what on earth is that?” read on…. To help improve air qua... Read More

Lifting the lid on clean air and low emission zones

Lifting the lid on clean air and low emission zones Clean air zones have been hitting the headlines this year with more towns and cities announcing the introduction of zones.  We have ... Read More

Our Fleet Manager Plus software is the modern way to manage your vehicles.

Our Fleet Manager Plus software is the modern way to manage your vehicles. FleetManagerPlus is the modern way to manage your fleet. From one vehicle to many. From one van to a fleet of vans. Fleet management is all about m... Read More

21 million electric vehicles will be on roads across the world by 2030

21 million electric vehicles will be on roads across the world by 2030 The global audit firm Deliotte has issued a report that states there will be an additional 21 million electric vehicles on the road globally by 203... Read More

Seen the weather forecast? Snow is likely "almost anywhere" over the next week - is your car prepared?

Seen the weather forecast? Snow is likely "almost anywhere" over the next week - is your car prepared? Did you know that not defrosting your windscreen adequately and leaving snow on your vehicle could result in a fine and penalty points on your lice... Read More

New for 2019 - the Audi e-tron

New for 2019 - the Audi e-tron As we hurtle towards a new year it’s an exciting time for the car industry with a host of new models from Audi, BMW, Mini and many more in th... Read More

THE NEW RANGE ROVER EVOQUE TEASED AHEAD OF LAUNCH.

THE NEW RANGE ROVER EVOQUE TEASED AHEAD OF LAUNCH. Landrover has given fans of the Range Rover Evoque a sneak-peak at the styling of the second generation of it's most successful model ever.... Read More

Electric vehicles – what have we got to look forward to in 2019? 

Electric vehicles – what have we got to look forward to in 2019?  Scott Allen, OVL Group Ltd   When a customer comes to OVL  asking for help with sourcing a vehi... Read More

Budget 2018 – Key points for motorists

Budget 2018 – Key points for motorists Chancellor Phillip Hammond has delivered his third budget this week, during which he announced a significant investment into the road network ... Read More

5 steps to becoming a better driver!

29/10/2018

5 steps to becoming a better driver!

We all think that we’re faultless drivers, but there’s always room for improvement, and many of us have bad driving habits that we’ve picked up over the years. Here’s 5 steps can help all of us become better drivers!

 

1. Smoothly does it

By accelerating and decelerating in a smooth and controlled manner, you could expect to save as much as 20-30% in fuel, particularly if you’re an aggressive driver. So driving less aggressively, and anticipating the road ahead is not just safer, but it’ll also save you money!

 

2. Limit distractions

Police are cracking down on distractions when driving. If you’re caught using mobile a phone while driving,  you can get up to 6 penalty points, and a £200 fine. It’s still illegal while stopped in traffic, and if you’ve passed your driving test within the last 2 years, you can lose your licence!  Fiddling with the satnav, the radio, or even dealing with children in the back can lead to a loss of concentration behind the wheel, so stay safe, and remain focused while driving.  

 

3. Check your car regularly

As well as checking the oil and water in your car every couple of weeks, you should also check your tyre pressures and tread depth regularly, as tyres can be often neglected by motorists, with a survey by Tyre safe stating that as many as 1 in 4 vehicles in the UK could have illegal tyres. Especially with winter fast approaching, it’s even more important to check your tyres regularly, and help prevent accidents caused by illegal tyres.

 

4. Leave space

When driving on multi-lane roads, or motorways, we can all be guilty of not leaving enough space at times, or tailgating. Tailgating is one of the top causes  of accidents within the UK, and we should always leave enough space not just in front, but also be aware of the space around us. Remember also, “only a fool breaks the two second rule”. 

 

5. Don’t be too complacent, we can all make mistakes

Driver error is a factor in almost three quarters of road accidents, as Phillip Gomm, from the RAC foundation states, “the key to safety is to not be too over-confident, few people believe that they are bad drivers, yet thousands of us have accidents every year”. Over-confidence can lead to unnecessary risks being taken, we can all make mistakes, and it’s better to be over-vigilant rather than complacent.