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The government says flights, ferries and cruises, the Eurostar and Eurotunnel, and bus and coach services between the UK and the EU will continue to run as normal, whatever the manner of the UK's exit. Some bus and coach services to non-EU countries, such as Switzerland or Andorra, may not be able to run in a no-deal scenario. There is a chance of disruption on some roads while still in the UK if there is a no-deal Brexit. There are plans in place for lorries if they are delayed on their way through ports, but any spill over could affect holidaymakers. Insurers say that refunds or alternative arrangements for Brexit-related cancellations will be the responsibility of travel or credit and debit card providers first, and only after that could people with policies that include travel disruption cover make a claim. Anyone driving their own vehicle after 31 October if there is no deal will need a GB sticker on it and also a "green card". This is actually a document made of green paper from your insurer which has proof of insurance on it. Those towing a trailer or caravan will need two. Generally, it takes one month to receive a green card, so anyone who has left it too late may need to buy insurance locally for the duration of their stay. All motorists - either taking their own vehicle or hiring one - may need an International Driving Permit (IDP) when driving in some, but not all, EU countries (you can check if you need one on the Post Office website) in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The extra expense - an IDP costs £5.50 - may be mitigated by the opportunity to buy some duty-free alcohol or tobacco on the way back in a no-deal scenario. Taken Directly from www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49974027...

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. ...

With so many different fuel cards available, choosing the right ones for your business can be tricky. Our helpful fuel cards guide will help you make the right decision for your fleet. UK Fuels UK Fuels is a multi-branded network with over 2'770 sites and expanding. The UK Fuels card is suitable for businesses with lorries, vans and cars, and also has an extensive HGV network. Plenty of sites are situated on motorways and major trunk roads, as well as many Morrisons, Moto and Tesco sites. Cards are embossed with the company name, with the option to add vehicle registration or drivers name. All cards are pin restricted. Keyfuels Keyfuels is a multi-branded network with over 3'000 sites, many of which are HGV accessible. The Keyfuels card allows access to selected Moto, Morrisons, Tesco, Shell, BP, Esso, Texaco and Gulf sites. Fastfuel Fastfuel is a multi-branded network with over 2'935 sites, including Texaco, Tesco, selected Moto and Murco, and the UK Fuels network. The Fastfuel card is suitable for businesses using lorries, vans and cars, and has an extensive HGV network. Cards are embossed with company name, with the option to add the vehicle registration and drivers name. Purchase restrictions are available. Cards are pin protected. FuelGenie FuelGenie is a multi-branded supermarket forecourt fuel card. Accepted at all Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco. Collect Tesco Clubcard, Morrisons More and Nectar points with purchases. This card can also be used to purchase all fuel and car-related products and services at approximately 1'373 locations across the UK. Cards can be embossed with company name, with the option to have vehicle registration or drivers name. Purchase restrictions are also available. Shell There are over 3'481 Shell sites across the UK, with multiple fuel cards available for this network including; Shell CRT, Shell Fleet, euroShell and Shell multi-network cards. The Shell network has many HGV friendly locations, and plenty of sites are situated on motorways and major trunk roads. Some of our Shell fuel cards also allow access to certain Esso, Texaco and Gleaner sites. Cards are embossed with the company name, with the option to add vehicle registration and drivers name. Purchase restrictions are available and cards are PIN protected. Esso There are a number of Esso cards available, including Esso Truck and Esso Fleet cards. The Esso network consists of approximately 5'772 sites, including HGV friendly sites. Many sites are positioned on motorways and major trunk roads. You can collect Tesco Clubcard and Nectar points with purchases on this network. Cards can be embossed with company name, vehicle registration or drivers name. Purchase restrictions are available. Cards are PIN enabled at most sites. DKV The DKV card grants access to the largest and most tightly woven supply network in the transport sector, with over 70'000 acceptance points in more than 40 countries in Europe. This card can be used for the payment of all vehicle-related services in Europe, including diesel, fuel and lubricants, and toll, tunnel and road use. PIN enabled. Morgan The Morgan network consists of over 4'732 sites across the UK, Ireland and Europe. Many of these sites are located on key motorways. This card can also be used to pay for tolls and parking. DRIVEcard offers all these fuel cards and more, with competitive weekly prices on your fuel. To learn more about how we can save you money on your fuel, call us today on 01704 333 300. ...

Smart Motorways are currently dividing the opinions of drivers across the country. Are they a good or a bad thing? Are they safe or unsafe? How do I use them? These are just a few of the many questions motorists are asking. This blog aims to help answer those questions for you. So, what is a smart motorway? Smart motorways are sections of the motorway that use traffic management methods to increase capacity and reduce congestion in particularly busy areas of the road. These methods include using the hard shoulder as a running lane, as well as using variable speed limits to control the flow of the traffic. Smart motorways were developed with the aim of managing traffic in a way that minimises environmental impact, as well as cost and time to construct, by avoiding the need to build additional lanes. There are 3 different types of smart motorways: All lane running schemes All lane running schemes will permanently remove the hard shoulder and convert it into a running lane. The hard shoulder becomes lane one, and will only be closed in the event of an accident. This lane closure will be signalled by a red 'X' on the gantry above. If you see a red 'X' over the lane you're currently using, this means you will need to exist this lane as soon as possible, while continuing to drive sensibly. All lanes will have a mandatory speed limit, shown on the gantry signs above the lanes. The speed limit will vary depending on traffic levels at the time. If no limit is displayed, this means that the national speed limit is in place. Speed cameras will be used to check that vehicles are adhering to the speed limits on smart motorways. Some drivers have voiced concerns that sudden changes in the speed limit might cause problems such as vehicles needing to harsh break in order to slow down. Highways England have clarified that there will be a time gap from when the speed limit changes, to when the speed cameras will begin to enforce it, allowing drivers enough time to change their speed at a sensible rate. CCTV will be used to monitor accidents or breakdowns and emergency refuge areas (ERAs) will be available at the side of the carriageway for those experiencing an emergency or fault with their vehicle. Controlled motorways Controlled motorways consist of 3 or more lanes with variable speed limits, but this type of smart motorways will retain its hard shoulder. The hard shoulder should only be used in a genuine emergency. Speed limits and lane closures will operate in the same way as all lane running schemes (explained above.) Dynamic hard shoulder running schemes Dynamic hard shoulder running schemes will open the hard shoulder as a running lane to traffic at busy periods to ease congestion. On these stretches, a solid white line differentiates the hard shoulder from the normal carriageway. Overhead gantry signs will indicate whether the hard shoulder is open to traffic or not. The hard shoulder must not be used if signs above are blank, or show a red 'X', which indicates an accident. Speed limits will operate in the same way as the other two types of smart motorways (as explained above.) Are they safe? Some road users have raised their concerns that smart motorways may be less safe than conventional motorways, due to the lack of the hard shoulder. However, Highways England have published data that has been gathered since the first smart motorway opened in 2006. This data states that journey reliability has improved by 22% and that personal injury accidents have been reduced by more than half. Where accidents did occur, data shows that severity was much lower overall, with zero fatalities and fewer seriously injured. Things to remember: Never drive in a lane closed by a red 'X' If you are driving in a closed lane, exit the lane as quickly and safely as possible Keep to the speed limit shown on the gantry sides. If no speed is shown, abide by the national speed limit If the speed limit of your lane changes, adapt your speed quickly but safely A solid white line indicates the hard shoulder - don't drive in it unless directed  A broken white line indicates a normal running lane If your vehicle is experiencing difficulty, exit the smart motorway if possible Use refuge areas in emergencies if the hard shoulder is unavailable Emergency refuge areas are marked with blue signs, featuring an orange SOS telephone symbol  ...

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....

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. ...