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Customers using their FuelGenie card this Bank Holiday weekend can save up to 10p per litre on fuel. FuelGenie is currently running a special Bank Holiday promotion, offering fantastic savings on fuel up until 27th August. Customers at Morrisons that spend £40 in-store can save 5p per litre on fuel until 25th August Customers shopping at Sainsbury's spending £60 online or in-store can save 10p per litre on fuel until 27th August. Tesco shoppers can also make a saving of 10p per litre on fuel when they spend £60 online or in-store until 25th August. Even better? You can still collect your usual loyalty points on all of your purchases. Be sure to remember to take your FuelGenie card with you to take advantage of these fantastic offers. To apply for a FuelGenie card and take advantage of these savings, give us a call on 01704 333 300. Terms and Conditions apply. Restrictions may apply, please check with participating supermarkets for more info. ...

Government advisors are now calling for the ban on petrol and diesel cars to be brought forward. As it currently stands, all new cars in the UK will be “effectively zero emission” by 2040, under new plans to tackle pollution in the air. Now, government advisors are calling for this to be brought forward 10 years, to 2030. According to a report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the move would help the UK cut carbon emissions to nearly zero by 2050. The report also calls for a substantial investment to improve electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The report states that the plans for 2040 are “too soft.” The CCC believes that the rapid development of battery technology means that electric card will cost the same as combustion-engine machines from around 2024 onwards. This makes 2030 a realistic target. The report states that the UK can become a global leader for the fight against climate change and that the 2030 target can be achieved at no extra cost from the previous estimates....

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, the number of cars on the motorways continues to increase. Unfortunately, this can lead to more accidents on the roads and more serious delays on the motorways. No one enjoys a traffic jam, especially if you’re stuck in a large vehicle such as a lorry or HGV, making a busy motorway much harder to navigate. However, if you’re properly prepared, there are ways to make traffic jams a little bit more tolerable. Switch off your engine The RAC recommends you switch off your engine as soon as it is clear that your vehicle won’t be moving for a while. Turning off your engine is the best way to conserve fuel and lower your emissions. If the delay is extremely long, consider getting out of your vehicle to stretch your legs. You can take this opportunity to get a good look at the traffic around you and see if there’s any movement or updates, or if you can spot the end of the traffic. This is usually a good indicator of how long you might be stuck. If you do exit your vehicle, remain aware that you are on a road and take all necessary precautions. Prepare for the heat The AA advises checking your vehicles coolant levels and cooling system before embarking on a journey on a hot day. It also advises checking your tyre pressure, as tyres that are worn or the wrong pressure are more likely to blow in hotter temperatures. It’s also a good idea to fit an adequate amount of sun shades in your vehicle to keep the sun out as much as possible and keep you cool. Additionally, check your aircon is working properly before you set off. Keep yourself entertained The radio is great for keeping you going on a long journey, but after a few hours, it’s nice to switch it up. Ensure you're equipped with your favourite podcasts and playlists to keep you going when you’re stuck on the road. Keep your cool When you’re stuck in traffic, most people’s immediate reaction is likely to be one of annoyance. Always try to remember that everyone on the road is in the same boat as you, and being annoyed won’t move the traffic along any quicker. Instead, try to find the positive in the situation and use this new found free time to do something productive. If traffic is still and your engine is off, take some time to catch up on your emails, or any work you might have. You could also give your vehicle a quick tidy or a clean. Be prepared If your journey is taking you onto a motorway or busy road, always be prepared for long delays by packing plenty of food and water. Stay informed In the event of long delays, local radio stations will provide regular updates on traffic and any news. Twitter is also a great tool to utilise to follow any live updates, as long as your engine is switched off. You can also use Google Maps to view your delay and an estimate of how long it will last. Highways England also has a live traffic map. You could also utilise these tools to help you find a possible alternative route. Always have a full tank Probably the most important thing to remember when travelling anywhere is to always have a full tank. You never know when you’re going to get stuck in traffic, and not having a full tank puts you at risk of running out of fuel in the middle of the motorway, especially if you’re crawling along in your vehicle for hours on end. Fuel cards are the most efficient way to ensure your vehicles are always full, without the fuss of giving your drivers cash or company credit cards to use. Our fuel cards cover many different brands, including the supermarkets, many offering prices below pump price. To find out more about our fuel cards, or to order cards for your business, call our sales team today on 01704 333 300....

Even the most experienced drivers suffer at the hands of long-haul driving. Driving long distances can be fun and freeing, but let’s face it, it can also at times be boring or tiring. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to make the drive more enjoyable and alleviate stress and fatigue. Plan Planning is key for long distance driving, and more importantly, planning everything. Utilise online maps to plan your route to avoid traffic, tolls and road closures. For that little extra preparation, plan the time you set off by looking at which times certain roads are busy. Include stops for toilets, food or drink and rests to get an accurate estimated time of arrival. Prep your vehicle Poor vehicle maintenance can lead to breakdowns or even accidents, so before embarking on a long journey, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is up to scratch. Check everything from your tyres, your engine, oil, water and antifreeze (in winter) levels, clean your windscreen, glass and mirrors, check that all your lights are working, ensure your wipers are in good order, and even make sure your wiper fluid is topped up. You’ll thank yourself later. Always be prepared It’s always best to be prepared for anything. Pack an emergency kit in your vehicle which should include a first aid kit, spare fuses and bulbs, tools to check and change your tyres, spare engine oil, extra maps, and extra food and water. In the winter time, it’s also a good idea to pack a shovel and a blanket. Pack well Save money and time by spending a little longer packing your vehicle. Always pack more than you need, just in case. Bring plenty of food and water, a change of clothing if needed, a toothbrush, toothpaste and personal hygiene products to keep you feeling fresh, whatever you think you might need. Stay entertained Even the radio can get boring after a few hours, so bringing along some alternatives for entertainment is always a good idea. Prepare your own playlist, or keep yourself laughing with your favourite funny podcast. Stay alert Avoid accidents and keep your tolerance for other drivers high by staying alert on the road. Avoid fatigue by taking regular breaks, as often as you need them. Avoid large meals and any alcohol whatsoever, as this can make you feel lethargic. If you’re sleepy, yawning, or even if your eyes feel a little heavy, always stop for a nap. Coffee and energy drinks can also temporarily help with feeling tired, as well as having your windows down and your radio loud. Plenty of fuel One of the most important things to consider when preparing for a long distance drive is your fuel. Having enough fuel to get you to your destination is essential. DRIVEcard offer a wide range of fuel cards for many different brands, meaning you’ll never have to worry about your fuel. Our fuel cards do it all for you, fill up your tanks at any of the participating sites and be straight on your way. For more on how DRIVEcard can help your business and vehicles, give our sales team a call on 01704 333 300....

As the weather gets warmer and the nights get longer, there’s no better time to give your vehicle a clean in time for Spring. Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home, especially if you spend a lot of time in your vehicle. Get your vehicles ready for spring and summer with these helpful tips. Start on the exterior During the winter, dirt on a vehicle’s exterior builds up. Mud, salt and road grit can all build up during the colder months, which can be bad for the paintwork and can cause erosion and rust. Water and household cleaners generally don’t do the trick, not to mention they can harm your paintwork, so stick to a specially formulated vehicle shampoo when cleaning your vehicle. Make sure you also tackle your wheels and other areas which are likely to pick up a lot of dirt. And possibly most importantly, your windscreen will probably need a deep clean, as the combination of the sun and dirty glass can make driving conditions difficult and dangerous. Finish off your hard work with a good, long lasting wax which will protect your paintwork all summer long, not to mention look great in the sunshine. Move on to the interior Start by cleaning out all the clutter that has built up – empty wrappers and packets, fast food containers, receipts and whatever else you might come across. It’s easy to accumulate junk during the colder months, so spring is the perfect time to clear it all out. Tackle any pet hair with a handheld hoover, and don’t forget the floors! A gentle cleaning product and cloth can be used to polish up your dashboard and other surfaces, and floor mats should also be taken out and scrubbed free of any muddy footprints. Pop in some new air fresheners and finish off by hoovering or wiping your seats and upholstery. De-cluttering for spring will not only clean up your car, but it can also improve your health and wellbeing – tidy car, tidy mind! For those wanting to go the extra mile, these additional tricks will help you keep your car spick and span: • Clean out the dust from your air vents with a small brush • Pop cupcake liners in your drinks holders to catch any future spills • Take a look under the bonnet to see if there’s any dust you can tackle Spring cleaning isn’t just for your vehicles, it’s also a perfect time to clean up your fuel usage. At DRIVEcard, your personal account manager is dedicated to saving you time and money on your fuel. With usage reviews and online account management, monitoring your fuel usage has never been easier. To find the best price on fuel for your vehicles, or to see which cards we have on offer, check out our website or give a member of our sales team a call on 01704 333300. ...