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Security on the Road

Security on the Road


As purveyors of vehicle security, here at Phantom, we are proud to offer our customers the highest quality technology to keep their belongings and property safe. As part of our offering to all motorists, we also have a caravan and motorhome tracking system for the ever growing leisure vehicle market

Ensuring your vehicle – whether it is a car, caravan, or truck - or even your fleet of vehicles - is safe at all times when out and about on the road is a high priority for all drivers and business owners.

When it comes to caravans and motorhomes, the amount of time, money and memories made in these homes on wheels is such that they can often be deemed a second home to many. When considering this sentimentality, the need for a tracking system to stay on top of security is second to none.

At this time of year, many people who own leisure vehicles are thinking about getting back on the road soon after a long, hard winter of staying put. Many owners get itchy feet after too long, so getting back out exploring will be at the forefront of their mind.

If you are worried about the safety of your caravan or motorhome, then it might be worth investing in one of our exclusive tracking systems. Over 20,000 caravan owners already enjoy the added security that our products bring them, so why wait any longer?

Utilising this discrete tracking device can accurately pinpoint the location of your vehicle to within 8 feet. The tracking system is based on GPS tracking to connect your caravan to our call centre 24 hours a day. If your caravan is on the move without you, we can alert you within three minutes, allowing a full recovery in just over an hour. 85% of thefts are caught en-route thanks to our caravan and motorhome tracking system; meaning that less damage or theft of possession can take place.

With The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show coming up in February now is the time to ensure that your leisure vehicle is safe and secure as you get back on the road.

We have a few subscription packs available  for our tracking system; please contact us should you require any further information.



Avoiding Bad Weather

Since the UK Met Office started 

Since the UK Met Office started naming our storms  to raise awareness of just how often the UK is hit by bouts of bad weather, it seems like the onslaught of bad weather has been never ending.

With weather like this being more regular than ever, it is a cause for concern for businesses across the UK and especially those that rely on the roads for their income as many roads become closed or un-passable . Do you have a fleet tracker to co-ordinate with your drivers and ensure they are safe and sound in these tumultuous times? 

Phantom can help you stay on top of your workers and ease your mind over their safety.

Weather like never before

With the north of England and a lot of Scotland and Wales under water for most of December and early January, many businesses were forced to close or worse - be abandoned. The respite we have recently experienced looks set to be disturbed by the arrival of American Storm Jonas.

Storm Jonas has recently caused havoc on the East Coast of America in the form of a thick blanket of snow, and, as it arrives on our shores, the UK looks to be flooded once more.

What does this mean for you?

If your business relies on travelling the length and breadth of the UK, then this may well cause problems. While many parts of the UK will undoubtedly succumb to flooding once more, there is every chance that your business will be unaffected.

The best method of staying on top of your drivers and staff that are dispersed across the country is with a fleet tracking system

. Giving you the flexibility to monitor each and every vehicle in your fleet 24 hours a day, you can co-ordinate with drivers about any diversions set up and re-route as necessary to avoid wasting time and money. In addition to this, it is the perfect way of ensuring your drivers are safe at all times during these periods of unpredictable weather.

If you would like to enquire about how our fleet tracker can benefit you and your business, then please do contact us for more information either using this form or by calling us on 0161 476 4050.

Winter Driving Safety for Fleet HGVs

When bad weather hits over the course of winter, it is important for everyone on the road to do what they can to ensure they, and those around them, remain safe on the roads. When your business relies heavily on a fleet of HGV Lorries, ensuring the safety of your staff and vehicles is, even more, crucial. With a few precautions followed alongside the use of our HGV tracking systems, you can rest assured that your business is in safe hands.

We have put together some of the best advice on how to handle bad weather when driving an HGV lorry, for a series of winter conditions.

Rain

l Stopping distances increase significantly in heavy rain, so reduce speed, keep your distance and stay focused

l Avoid driving through deep water, as it can flood your engine

l If you do need to drive through flooding, go slowly, in a low gear and keep your rev count high. Test your brakes upon making it through, to ensure they are still safe to drive with

Snow & Ice

l Be prepared for adverse weather conditions. Ensure you have your snow pack ready to go before setting off. This should comprise of de-icer, anti-freeze, scraper, shovel, jump leads, grit, warm clothes, food, drink, blankets, torch and a mobile phone that is fully charged

l Consider snow chains or winter tyres for really heavy and prolonged snow

l Remember to clean the top of your cab, windscreen, side windows, side mirrors, lights and any cameras, before setting off

l Unfreeze wipers before setting off, too!

l Stopping distance is dramatically increased during snow and ice, by up to ten times. Take due care and caution when driving

l To make the most of your grip, use your gears, steering and brake smoothly

l If you skid, do not brake, simply take your foot off the accelerator calmly and straighten up. Similarly, if you start to spin, take your foot off the gas and steer into the spin to straighten up

l Check tyres have at least 5mm tread depth before setting off

Fog

l Use dipped headlights until visibility gets to below 100m, which is when you will need to switch on your fog lights

l Keep speed down, especially in patchy fog, to minimise the risk of traffic pile-ups

Wind

l Take care when driving an HGV in high winds, particularly when there are breaks in trees, or you are exposed across bridges; heavy vehicles being blown across the motorway is very dangerous

While it is important to trust your employees to drive as safely as possible, there can and always will be accidents and incidents. One of the best ways to ensure their safety is by installing an HGV tracking system from Phantom. Not only does it log exactly where your drivers are, but it records important driving data that can reduce fuel costs and make jobs much more efficient.

For more information on protecting your staff and business with an HGV tracking system from Phantom, or if you require details about any of our other fleet tracking services, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Quick and Easy Route to Profit in 2016

For many businesses, the post-Christmas lull can mean fewer customers, reduced hours for staff and ultimately, less profits than you would like. Whilst you can always budget around these quiet spells, wouldn’t it be better to be responsive and pro-active with the changes and fluctuations in the market, than let opportunities pass you by because you didn’t expect them? One of the best ways to manage your workforce on the road is with a fleet monitoring system.

If your business and industry relies heavily on transport and travel, then chances are you already have some form of system in place to help keep organised. Perhaps you have a time-log system with drivers logging their whereabouts and times remotely, or perhaps you assign duties on the day and leave your staff to ensure the job is done. If this sounds like your company, then read on for a business fleet tracking system that could revolutionise your business.

Are they necessary?

While some dislike the reliance on technology, it can open up a world of opportunity for your business. In fact, fleet monitoring systems have become very important and instrumental in the efficiency of many businesses – both small and large.

What do they do?

The benefits are numerous:

l You can combine all admin and housekeeping in one place, making management of your fleet much easier – hours and routes can be logged, alongside mileage and expenses

l Real time monitoring of your fleet allows for an optimised service, you can pick and choose which drivers to attend based on their location, saving time and fuel

l Helps locate vehicles 24/7 should they be stolen. Quick reaction times allows for a higher rate of recovery

l Businesses with fleet monitoring systems benefit from lower insurance premiums

l You can monitor your drivers in real time, including their speed, how they drive and any traffic they might encounter, allowing for better informed customers and a tighter rein on fuel costs

l Helps keep drivers safe, as there is a record of their movements should any accidents occur

Additional Benefits

The fleet tracking system available from Phantom allows you to remotely immobilise vehicles should they be stolen, as well as giving you the necessary data and tools to analyse and track it to optimise efficiency in your fleet.

For further information on this, or any of our other services, please do not hesitate to contact our team today.