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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. ...

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....

When choosing fuel cards for your business, it’s important to know all the facts. With cards from brands such as Shell, Esso and Texaco, as well as multi-branded and supermarket cards like FuelGenie, making a decision on what is best for your fleet can sometimes be tricky. Our helpful guides to the different fuel cards will help you find our all you need to know about the cards we have on offer, including the benefits to each, helping you make an informed decision. This guide is all about Esso fuel cards and what you can do with them. Esso Truck Plus Card The Esso Truck Plus network consists of over 1,100 sites, including HGV accessible sites, all at one fixed price. With sites positioned on major trunk roads, motorways and cities, making them as convenient to access as possible. With this card, you can get diesel at a fixed price at all Esso sites. You can also collect Tesco Clubcard points on your card. Esso Truck Card The Esso Truck network consists of over 1,100 sites, including HGV accessible sites, all at one fixed price. With sites positioned on major trunk roads, motorways and cities, making them as convenient to access as possible. With an Esso Truck Card, you can get diesel at a fixed price, at Esso core sites. You can also collect Tesco Clubcard points with this card. Esso Fleet Single Network Card The Esso Fleet Single network consists of over 1,100 sites, including HGV accessible sites, all at one fixed price. With sites positioned on major trunk roads, motorways and cities, making them as convenient to access as possible. With this card, you will get diesel and unleaded at pump price. You can also collect Tesco Clubcard points. Esso Fleet Multi Network Card The Esso Fleet Multi-network consists of over 3,000 sites, all positioned on major trunk roads, motorways and cities, making them as convenient to access as possible. With this card, you will get diesel and unleaded at pump price at every single Esso, Shell and BP nationwide. You can also collect Tesco Clubcard points. Whichever cards you choose for your business, DRIVEcard is here to support you every step of the way. With competitive prices, a personal account manager to review your usage and offer insights, online account management and so much more, there’s never been a better time to try DRIVEcard fuel cards. Give us a call today on 01704 333 300 to order your fuel cards.  ...

In 2019, reducing your carbon emissions has never been more important. With ocean temperatures on the rise, glacial retreating and sea levels rising, climate change is on the minds of many across the UK. In 2008, carbon dioxide accounted for 85 per cent of the UK's emissions. As drivers or the operators of fleets, reducing the impact of our carbon footprints has the potential to help combat carbon emission levels in this country. Here are some tips on how to make your fleet eco-friendlier. Be a better driver Studies show that up to 30 per cent of the difference in MPG is due to driving habits alone. You could save more than a ton of carbon dioxide emissions per year simply by doing the following: Accelerating slowly and smoothly Following the speed limit and avoiding speeding Maintaining a steady speed Anticipating your stops and starts Maintain your vehicles Keeping your vehicles running smoothly and checked on time will greatly reduce your emissions. Replace your air, oil and fuel filters regularly. Every little helps. Keep up with your tyres Something as simple as keeping your tyres properly inflated has been shown to save 400-700 pounds of carbon emissions per year. Think about the future When the time comes to replace your vehicles or expand your fleet, opt for greener vehicles. With new advances in technology and transportation, more variety is available on greener vehicles. You can also consider greener fuel types, all of which will benefit the planet greatly. Utilise telematics Just because you’re on a mission to be greener doesn’t guarantee that your drivers will share your goals. Telematics is the perfect way to ensure your fleet is on track and abiding by greener standards. With telematics from DRIVEcard, you can track your drivers' speed, harsh acceleration, whether they’re maintaining a steady speed and their fuel usage. You can even track whether your drivers are idling (the vehicle is still and not moving, but the engine is still switched on), which will use up fuel quickly. For more information on how to get telematics for your fleet, call our sales team today 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. ...