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27 November 2012

Half of fleet drivers ignoring bad weather warnings - new research reveals reluctance to carrying out vehicle maintenance

One in two fleet managers believe their drivers are ignoring bad weather warnings when they need to reach a destination, according to new research released by vehicle glass replacement and repair specialists Autoglass today.

The study* also revealed 49 per cent of fleet managers postponed or considered postponing fleet maintenance this year,  because of last year's mild winter weather.

Only three in ten fleets increase their vehicle checks during periods of bad weather. Furthermore, despite the importance of minimising time off the road and ensuring driver safety, the majority (72%) haven't considered a fleet check from a vehicle glass provider ahead of the winter months.

Accidents occurring in poor weather conditions, or due to darker nights, cost fleets 21 hours off the road on average. Only one in ten fleets stated they'd experienced less than five hours off the road due to winter conditions.

Encouragingly, more than half (57.8%) of fleet managers intend to get existing chips repaired before the cold weather arrives, yet of this number 78 per cent admit to have been putting it off.

The study comes as Autoglass releases a helpful video outlining simple tips for preparing vehicles taking to the roads this winter. 

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Jeremy Rochfort, National Sales Manager at Autoglass, said: Our research highlights the pressures experienced by vehicle fleets, and the need for both greater support for and awareness of regular vehicle maintenance and safety checks. 

It is the responsibility of both the driver and fleet manager to ensure all vehicles are well equipped for winter driving. Giving a vehicle a quick once-over or booking in a check need only take ten minutes and could greatly reduce time spent off the roads. Importantly, these measures help can help fleets improve safety, during a time when driving conditions can quickly become dangerous, Rochfort added.

The study revealed managers' top demands for winter fleet operations:

  • 31% would like to see better in-vehicle safety systems
  • 30% would like more education to be provided by their companies
  • 24% would like to see increased awareness of how to keep vehicles in good and safe condition
  • 10% would like every vehicle to have a bad weather kit

 * Nationwide survey of 200 fleet managers conducted by OnePoll in November 2012.

 

Drivers looking for advice or support regarding their car's windscreen or body glass should contact Autoglass on 0844 875 2490.

Autoglass recently launched Autoglassbusiness.co.uk, a dedicated website providing useful content and helpful advice to its fleet and insurance partners. Fleet managers can use the site to arrange a free fleet inspection carried out by the company's expert technicians.

 

Winter preparation tips

  1. If you have a windscreen chip, always warm up a frosty windshield slowly, switching on the engine well before driving, setting the heater to blow gently against the glass. Better still, get it repaired.

  2. Replace windscreen wipers annually. If you don't they can cause smearing and reduced visibility.

  3. When it's icy, don't use CD cases or credit cards to scrape the windscreen clear, they can cause scratches on the glass.

  4. Make sure you check your vehicle regularly. Cleaning headlamps, keeping the battery in good condition, checking tyres and their tread.

  5. Keep an essential breakdown kit in your boot, with high-vis clothing, a torch, first-aid, etc.

 

 

 

 

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