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COMPANY CAR DRIVERS COULD SAVE ALMOST £7,400 BY GOING ELECTRIC


New figures from Go Ultra Low reveal that company car drivers could save around £7,376 by switching to a 100% electric car. Tis figure, calculated by comparing average electric and diesel models, includes a Benefit in Kind (BIK) rate saving of £3,9741, in addition to an average £3,402 fuel saving2 over a typical three-year cycle of company car ownership. New online cost comparison tools on www.goultralow. com provide


fuel and tax cost savings for both


company car drivers and private motorists. Te cost calculators allow all new petrol and diesel engine cars to be compared side-by-side with every plug-in hybrid


and 100% electric car from Go Ultra Low’s supporting manufacturers Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen. Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “Businesses should not be put off by the upfront purchase price of electric vehicles, but should instead focus on the fantastic savings they offer over the life of the vehicle. However, we know that many questions and concerns still remain in regards to electric vehicles and their viability for business. Tat’s why Go Ultra Low has developed a range of tools to offer businesses and drivers the information they need to choose the car


that best suits their needs.” Further cost savings are available too, as Government grants provide up to £4,500 off the price of pure electric cars, £2,500 off the price of eligible plug-in hybrid cars, and up to £8,000 off the price of a new electric van. Consumers can also benefit from up to £500 off the cost of installing an electric chargepoint at their home. To make commuting in a plug-in car even more viable, businesses can also take advantage of the Workplace Charging Scheme, which provides grants of up to £300 per charging socket.


The IAM’s chief examiner, Peter Rodger is offering winter advice to riders and drivers. As we plan our journeys home for Christmas, Peter is advising us on driving on the motorway in the dark to ensure our Christmas journeys home are as safe as possible.


Plan your journey ahead and have at least one break every two hours. If possible, share the driving. Make sure you have enough fuel and don’t be tempted to run with a low tank. Some 17,000 people a year break down on the motorway because they run out of fuel, and most fatalities on a motorway involve a stationary vehicle.


• Use the air conditioning and heating system to keep the temperature comfortable, the air fresh, and the windows from steaming up. If you are in an unfamiliar car make sure you know how to adjust them before you start a


DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS journey.


hazard lights on.


• There may be some unlit stretches of motorway. It might sound obvious, but make sure both your headlights are working and are correctly adjusted, and your windows clean inside and out.


• If you are too tired, don’t drive - it’s that simple. Likewise, don’t drink if you are driving later. If you are travelling into Scotland, remember the lower drink-drive limit.


• When in traffic, don’t just watch the car in front of you. Try and look further up the queue so you have a better idea of what is going on in plenty of time – it makes the journey less stressful as well as safer.


• If you break down, pull on to the hard shoulder. Call your emergency breakdown provider for help and wait outside of your car, ideally behind the crash barrier. Switch your


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• Keep an eye on what the weather is doing so that you can adjust your driving to match any changes it makes – especially if the temperature is dropping. If your car has an outside temperature display on the dashboard take a periodic look at it, and start to increase your following distance if it gets down towards freezing.


Rodger said: “Planning and ensuring you have good all year round visibility is the key to making your Christmas journey as smooth as possible. You can make your life easier by not rushing or being pressured by others to go faster than you are comfortable with.


“Drive within your limits and those of your car, and it is a sure recipe to a happy and stress-free yuletide journey. And a Merry Christmas from the IAM, wherever your journey takes you.”


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