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Fleet Issues – Safety & Risk

Keeping drivers safe isn’t just a regulatory requirement or part of your duty of care, it makes good business sense.

Following the rules set out in health and safety laws can lead to increased risk awareness and better driving habits, which can, in turn, mean lower costs through reduced insurance claims and downtime.

Read our articles and white papers for tips and ideas to help you keep your drivers safe and reduce the risk of work-related accidents.

The real costs of fleet riskRead the post

Written by Posted on 31.07.2018

Accidents and incidents on the road can result in large financial and human costs - and businesses need a fleet risk management strategy to avoid them

5 key fleet insurance trendsRead the post

Written by Posted on 27.02.2018

After depreciation and fuel, insurance is the biggest element in the total cost of ownership for your fleet. The good news is that it’s a cost you can do quite a bit to manage. We’ve identified the five most important trends set to affect your fleet insurance costs in the coming years.

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leaseplan driver looking at sat nav

Written by Posted on 17.11.2017

When planning a trip, research reveals that drivers regularly check their route and breakdown cover but only 1 in 4 drivers prioritise basic vehicle checks.

[Presentation] 360 view of fleet risk management

Written by | Posted on 23.07.2018

Are you seeing the full picture with your approach to risk management? Get a 360° perspective in our latest Fleet Risk Management Presentations.

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black cars

Keep your vehicles safe from theft

Written by | Posted on 16.05.2018

Government crime figures show a spike in vehicle thefts in 2017. Here’s how you can keep your fleet safe.

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Changes to the MOT test: what you need to know

Written by | Posted on 14.05.2018

The Government is changing the way the MOT test works, for safety and environmental reasons. Stay up-to-date with our short guide to the changes.

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Don’t get caught out by the clocks changing

Written by | Posted on 22.03.2018

Daylight savings doesn’t just mean less time in bed and an extra strong coffee in the morning. For the next six days (as the clocks went forward during the night), your driving could be affected too.

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Driving home for Christmas

Driving home for Christmas

Written by | Posted on 18.12.2017

For many, Christmas involves long car journeys. But winter driving can be dangerous. Plan ahead with our top tips on how to stay safe.

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Winter driving special

Winter driving special

Written by | Posted on 21.11.2017

As the temperatures begin to fall, what can you do to stay safe on the roads? Take a look at our Winter Driving Special to find out all you need to know.

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Dashcam Safety Infographic

Dashcam Safety Infographic

Written by | Posted on 20.10.2017

Much more than just a source for viral videos, dashcams help motorists to capture, review and analyse either their own or other drivers' performance.

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Clock change impact on motorists

Written by | Posted on 10.10.2017

With the clock change on 29.10.17; drivers and other road users need to be especially aware of the risks associated with reduced light and low sun.

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Benchmarking aids fleet risk strategy

Written by | Posted on 02.10.2017

For businesses who operate company vehicles dealing with incidents is an unfortunate part of managing a fleet. New research from LeasePlan reveals the days of the week drivers are most likely to have these incidents as well as the industry sectors most in need of risk management programmes.

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Is your grey fleet dragging you on to the hard shoulder?

Written by | Posted on 12.09.2017

Find out about grey fleets, how they can affect your business and the risks of not managing them effectively.

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summerheathazards

Unseen summer driving hazards

Written by | Posted on 19.07.2017

The hot summer weather can bring a potential unseen hazards to drivers and their passengers.

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summer safety checks

Vehicle safety checks to make this summer

Written by | Posted on 19.07.2017

Prevent unwanted call outs and stints on the roadside this summer by ticking off these important vehicle safety checks.

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Fleet Risk LeasePlan

Balancing Fleet Risk

Written by | Posted on 19.06.2017

Health and safety law isn’t just confined to your office or workplace – for businesses running vehicles it stretches out to the UK road network too.

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MOT failure rates

Ranked: the main causes of MOT failure for vans

Written by | Posted on 19.06.2017

Ranked: the main causes of MOT failure for vans, and what you can do to keep your drivers safe.

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Service 5

Booking your next vehicle service

Written by | Posted on 19.06.2017

LeasePlan are making some changes to the way it handles the booking of vehicle services, maintenance and repairs.

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Full extent of UK’s grey fleet revealed

Written by | Posted on 15.05.2017

Discover more about the safety, environmental and cost impact of the grey fleet and download our Driver Checklist here.

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Infographic:  Winter checklist

Infographic: Winter checklist

Written by | Posted on 03.01.2017

LeasePlan have put together a simple infographic for drivers on the simple winter vehicle maintenance checks to keep you mobile through the winter months.

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drivers road rage revealed in global driver study from leaseplan

Seeing red – driver survey reveals extent of road rage

Written by | Posted on 22.11.2016

LeasePlan Mobility Monitor survey of over 4800+ motorists reveals extent of road rage - from tailgating and verbal aggression.

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DrivingSongs

Driving in Flood Water

Written by | Posted on 21.11.2016

Exceptionally wet and often windy conditions can present a danger to motorists and other road users. Here are our tips from driving in these conditions.

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Global research reveals scale of distracted driving

Written by | Posted on 03.11.2016

Global Driver survey reveals trends around distracted driving - with almost 3/4 of drivers admitting to texting, making calls and using social media behind the wheel.

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smart motorways

5 Myths of the Motorway

Written by | Posted on 21.09.2016

This year has seen Highways England roll-out smart motorways as a part of its ambition to reduce congestion and improve journey times in the UK.

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Road signs

The Considerate Code

Written by | Posted on 06.09.2016

Since the Highway Code was first published in 1931 it has remained one of the consistently best-selling books in the UK. It is also constantly evolving, so advisable for motorists to stay updated and re-read it every few years.

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Van driver

Top 10 Security Recommendations

Written by | Posted on 08.07.2016

Top 10 tips for commercial vehicle operators

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service bay leaseplan

Mechanical breakdown

Written by | Posted on 22.05.2016

A recent survey by Kwik Fit revealed 1 in 5 people don’t think they need a service to ensure their car is safe if they have a valid MOT.

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man holdaing glasses

The truth about older drivers

Written by | Posted on 06.05.2016

Currently, drivers over 70 have to renew their licence every three years, but there is no medical or driving test. They only have to declare that they are fit to drive, and that they meet the minimum eyesight standards.

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Safety first and last at the Commercial Vehicle Show

Written by | Posted on 28.04.2016

Debuting at this week’s CV Show were three vehicles featuring autonomous emergency braking; Toyota Proace, Peugeot Expert and Citroen Dispatch.

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Top Gear

Motoring Tips : Staying legal

Written by | Posted on 06.04.2016

As part of our top tips series, we look at ways in which motorists can stay legal and make the roads safer for themselves and other road users.

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Motoring tips : Staying Safe

Written by | Posted on 06.04.2016

As part of our top tips series, we look at ways in which motorists can make the roads safer for themselves and other road users.

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Two people involved in car accident

What to do if you’re involved in an accident

Written by | Posted on 08.03.2016

Marx, Freud et al claim that there's no such thing as an accident. We needn’t delve into the philosophical implications of determinism, though.

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Fleet of vehicles

Can car crime return from death?

Written by | Posted on 20.01.2016

Technology has helped to put car thieves in their place, across the past few decades, but technology could also help them to return.

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Low snow road

Ice Road Driving

Written by | Posted on 24.11.2015

Tis the season of feeling the council’s grit under your tyres, carrying de-icer and a scraper in your boot, and driving carefully lest there’s any black ice about.

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Snow Scraper

Winter Driving Tips

Written by | Posted on 20.11.2015

In 2014 just over over 5,000 reported vehicle accidents were specifically attributed to snow and ice, despite the UK only experiencing an average of 27 days of snow annually, demonstrating the very real need to prepare a vehicle before colder weather sets in.

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Dshboard

Dashboards are stuck in the past

Written by | Posted on 20.11.2015

As the level of technology and safety gear has increased in cars, so has the amount of information that you are inflicted with, whether you want it or not.

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Spare tyre

Under pressure?

Written by | Posted on 17.09.2015

The RAC estimated that it is called out 62,000 times a year by motorists without a spare tyre - with fleet drivers 6x more likely to be without a spare.

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Pedal to the Metal (Guest blog)

Written by | Posted on 03.07.2015

A study reveals loud music decrease a driver's ability to react to sudden movements and make decisions – it's probably only a matter of time before we're banned from listening in our cars or we're charged a premium for it.

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Fix those Grey Fleet Blues

Written by | Posted on 01.07.2015

We've all heard about grey fleet. But it's a murky area that can be tricky to deal with. We help you wrap your head around grey fleet and deal with it.

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child in car seat

How safe isn’t your driving? [Guest blog]

Written by | Posted on 06.05.2015

How safe isn't your driving? Latest research from Road Safety charity Brake reveals worrying statistics.

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Relax

Summer’s coming

Written by | Posted on 23.03.2015

Summer is coming, but we’re still arguing about exactly what time that is.

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Road Rage

Motor Mania [Guest Blog]

Written by | Posted on 27.02.2015

Guest blog by Mark Simpson on his personal experiences of road rage from boy to man.

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Noise

Drug Driving Laws

Written by | Posted on 27.02.2015

New drug driving laws come into effect on Monday 2nd March - but would you pass the test?

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Man carrying box

The six second van theft

Written by | Posted on 11.02.2015

Gone in 60 seconds? West Midlands Police released CCTV footage that shows a theft from a van can take as little as six seconds.

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man holding head

The Top 20 things Drivers Hate about other Drivers

Written by | Posted on 16.01.2015

Top 20 most annoying driver behaviours. How many of them might you admit to committing every once in a while?

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Snow Scraper

Top 5 Winter Driving Tips

Written by | Posted on 17.11.2014

To coincide with the beginning of Road Safety Week today, here are our tips for Britain’s drivers for safe winter driving.

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traffic night

How to drive [Guest blog]

Written by | Posted on 04.11.2014

Ben Collins formely 'The Stig' offers advice on becoming a better, safer, driver.

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hand phone

A wake-up call for drivers who use mobile phones

Written by | Posted on 10.09.2014

Current estimates suggest that around 500 people a year are killed or seriously injured as a result of drivers distracted by mobile phones.

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Empty space

Thousands banned before passing test

Written by | Posted on 06.08.2014

Figures from the Sunday Times reveal that 16,000 provisional licence holders have been banned before passing their test - but it may not be as bad as it looks.

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Green Tractor

The end of tractor tailbacks

Written by | Posted on 31.07.2014

It sounds fine to tell tractors to pull over, but should we fine them if they can’t?

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child in car seat

Northern Ireland’s anti speeding campaign

Written by | Posted on 26.07.2014

Public safety campaigns are designed to scare people into moderating their behaviour, but has Northern Ireland's anti speeding campaign exceeded reasonable limits?

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Big Data v Big Brother

Written by | Posted on 02.07.2014

Big data has potential hazards, theoretical and practical, as well as huge benefits. First, the...

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red lights cars driving through city

Hard drive crash

Written by | Posted on 30.06.2014

It’s a disaster when your broadband goes down, or your inbox is swamped with...

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Dshboard

Drivers! Know your limits!

Written by | Posted on 22.05.2014

Forget about brown being the new black, or comedy being the new rock ’n’...

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Bike v Car on road

Division on the road needn’t be a vicious cycle [Guest Blog]

Written by | Posted on 21.05.2014

People want to use cars and bikes. Yet the more sensationalist elements of the media love to portray a war on Britain’s roads between those who drive and those who cycle.

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bicycle

Pedaling home from the pub?

Written by | Posted on 07.05.2014

Jeremy Clarkson, as you probably don’t need to be told, divides opinion. Even before...

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red carpet

Handy guide to armoured cars

Written by | Posted on 16.04.2014

According to recent reports, the next president, whoever he or she may be, will be getting a brand new limo.

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Crossing the road

Autonomous cars drive people mad*

Written by | Posted on 28.03.2014

(* because they’re safer drivers than we are). If you’ve ever seen Minority Report...

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drivers collision

Get a firm position on drivers’ safety

Written by | Posted on 27.03.2014

There is a new campaign in the North East of England to remind employers of...

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Floods cause £2.5M damage to fleets

Written by | Posted on 13.03.2014

The wettest winter on record. That much is uncontested. But the variety and force...

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traffic night

Smile! You’re on candid camera…

Written by | Posted on 24.02.2014

The news that the Government plans to have new “stealth” speed cameras approved and...

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future-of-mobility-report

The Future of Mobility Report

Written by | Posted on 03.02.2014

Find out the five issues dictating the future of mobility in our report.

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New Zealand road safety ads

Written by | Posted on 23.01.2014

They know how to make road safety ad’s in New Zealand. First they produced this...

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smart motorways

The limits of speed limits

Written by | Posted on 16.01.2014

The announcement that the Highways Agency is considering reducing the speed limit on a...

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Bumper

I-Spy an M-way Loser

Written by | Posted on 13.01.2014

Mark Simpson on the motorway drivers we all love to hate.

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woman holding phone

Safety campaigners get hung up on phones

Written by | Posted on 06.01.2014

That’s a relief. We’re finished with Movember, in which people try, or fail, to...

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new car

What exactly is that new car smell?

Written by | Posted on 06.01.2014

Aaah.. new car smell. We all know what it is, that plasticky tang that...

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Young Drivers

Written by | Posted on 09.12.2013

The UK government is apparently considering whether to introduce restrictions on young drivers, who,...

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Assessing Risk

Written by | Posted on 01.10.2013

One of the peculiarities of human nature is just how bad people tend to...

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Road Vigilantes

Written by | Posted on 11.09.2013

Of course you, like me, are a much better than the average driver. I...

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Text Driving Film

Text Driving Film

Written by | Posted on 11.09.2013

The great German film-maker Werner Herzog could never be accused of being predictable. His...

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no parking

Volvo’s Self Parking Car

Written by | Posted on 11.09.2013

The idea that people could be replaced by machines isn’t just a staple of...

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Telematics

Written by | Posted on 23.08.2013

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Telematics Data Sheets

Written by | Posted on 23.08.2013

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Car Crime

Written by | Posted on 01.08.2013

The recently announced fall in recorded crime in the UK over the past year...

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man holding head

Anti-Social Driving

Written by | Posted on 01.07.2013

For most of us, our own driving is like our taste in music; faultless,...

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Red Bus

Anarchy on the roads – a new approach to road safety?

Written by | Posted on 28.05.2013

If the motor car had just been invented, you’d imagine that the health and...

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Foreign Cars on UK roads

Written by | Posted on 22.05.2013

A friend of mine recently received a parking ticket in Ghent, despite the fact...

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Woman holds tyre

1:5 mechanial failures down to potholes

Written by | Posted on 14.05.2013

Unless you enjoy exploring them with a lamp on your helmet – what Americans...

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