IAM offers tips for stress-free driving in spring

Spring is upon us and that means an end to wintry weather, freezing temperatures and frosty nights and mornings.That said, spring presents another raft of issues for motorists to overcome.

As a result, IAM RoadSmart has offered a series of top tips on how to stay safe and enjoy a more relaxed driving experience now the warmer weather is here.

Lose the weight

The weather’s getting warmer and that means there’s no longer any need to pack those emergency coats, bags, scarves and gloves that take up room in the car. Doing away with this excess weight can be a great fuel saver and be a welcome boost for drivers in spring.

Enhance your vision

With lighter mornings and evenings, now is the perfect time to give the car a proper once over. While clear vision is important all year around, when the low evening sun begins to create glare in the spring, it pays to keep the windscreen completely streak free so as to minimise its distracting impact.

Clean the car’s filters

With warmer weather comes the chance for more pollen in the air, and that can be bad news for sufferers of hay fever. As such, drivers should take the time to spring clean not just the interior of their vehicle, but the car’s filters too.

IAM’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman concluded: “In conjunction with other spring cleaning treat your car, the efforts to wash and polish it will last a bit longer now the winter salt has gone.”

He added that a little spring cleaning can be a perfect Sunday morning pastime at this time of year.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Cleaning out the car and preparing for the warmer months to come should be high on the priority list for all motorists in the weeks ahead.”

‘Immense savings’ using Tele-Gence

Lower fuel costs, reduced emissions and an enhanced ability to monitor driver performance are three of the benefits offered by telematics services from Tele-Gence.

However, don’t simply take our word for it, as that is the sentiment of Neville Hinchliffe, compliance and FORS manager for data and telecommunications business Installation Technology.

Excellent service and savings

Mr Hinchliffe recently got in touch to offer his thanks for the “excellent service” his firm has received from Fuel Card Services and Tele-Gence. He also welcomed the significant savings the company has been able to make since switching to the Shell fuel card.

“One of the most important things for us was to get the telematics devices fitted when our vans were not where they are based, this was at locations all over London,” he commented.

“Tele-Gence carried out our wishes, which saved us countless hours of lost time and worked perfectly for our needs.”

Mr Hinchcliffe concluded the introduction of the new telematics devices has also had a significantly positive impact on the behaviour of his fleet’s drivers. Indeed, the ability to check vehicle and fuel information online is a real benefit for the business.

The company operates a fleet of 11 vehicles and has a monthly diesel fuel spend of approximately £2,500.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “It’s great to hear from another satisfied customer, as we continue to place outstanding service and support at the top of our list of priorities.”

Your business can benefit from affordable telematics with no hidden start-up fees or long-term commitments. Find out how at www.tele-gence.com