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How to keep Accurate Records? The Onspot Fleet Review Program

Written by Leonard D'Orlando, June 5, 2017

Ever wonder what would happen if we did not have accurate records for certain things in our lives. Say for example you go to see the doctor or the dentist and they did not have any record of your medical history or any record of what took place during your last visit.  The same could be said for your home or car. Service work was done but there were no records kept.  Imagine driving with no license, registration, or proof of insurance.  Although not as critical as these scenarios, the same does hold true when talking about keeping accurate records of your Onspot chain system.

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Peace of mind for Rolf-Olav, when using Automatic Snow Chains

Written by Ulrik Andersson, February 2, 2017

"When I get a call from a driver saying `-Today I was saved by Onspot´ it´s already payed off".

This quote is from Rolf-Olav Tenden, owner of Thor Tenden Transport AS in Norway. It is a quote that sums it all up quite well. When you, as an owner of a transport company can relax, knowing that your drivers are using vehicles with the right equipment. Equipment that is reliable and makes sure that the driver makes it to the delivery point regardless of the weather. And also brings them home safe.

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What is road friction?

Written by Boel Haglund, January 19, 2017

We all know that friction and traction is crucial to avoid sliding vehicles and spinning wheels. (To learn more, read the blog post What is traction, friction and road grip?) When driving, we have a sense of whether road friction is high or low. But is there a measure for road friction? If so, how could that be calculated since there are several different variables summing up as road friction? Let’s have a closer look at this “road friction”.

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Icy road basics for safe driving

Written by Eric Jones, December 9, 2016

To many, the white winter landscape is the paragon of icy roads. However, due to weather and meteorology there are different reasons why roads become icy. For safe driving, it’s a good idea to know some theory behind icy roads. With proper knowledge and awareness, the driver can reduce the risk of accidents or delays due to slippery road conditions. So, let’s have a closer look at some common causes for roads to become icy.

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How to discover black ice?

Written by Boel Haglund, November 16, 2016

Last week, the winter surprised me and most drivers totally. We had our first huge snow chaos of this season, some say it was the worst snow storm in 100 years.  The news reported that many had left their vehicles on the highways to walk instead and many truck drivers where stuck in the snow and had to sleep in their trucks all night long.

It is not only the snow that can cause us problems. Even more dangerous is the Black Ice because this is not always seen. This week we have put together important information of how to discover black ice. Tips that could help you holding your time schedule and avoid accidents or getting stuck in a snowdrift and causing traffic jams.

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How to keep your Onspots working properly

Written by Ulrik Andersson, November 2, 2016

Working habits could become bad habits

We tend to do as we always do. Many things in everyday life become habits, and we don’t reflect on them. At least until something goes wrong, or we get some other trigger to change our routines. To most people, driving is one such habit, irrespective of if we’re professional drivers or just drive the family car.

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How to compare Automatic Traction Control with the alternatives

Written by Eric Jones, October 25, 2016

Get a grip – one way or another

Yes, you need traction when driving. Losing traction and getting stuck could cause stressing delays, possibly with serious consequences…

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Would I benefit from automatic tyre chains?

Written by Ulrik Andersson, October 20, 2016

Drivers ruling under the laws of nature

We live in the era of automation. Have you ever thought of all these things that used to need a lot of human involvement, but today are seemingly automatic? Buying things for example. We have access to a global supply of products and services that are just a few clicks away, and we get our deliveries with very little human involvement. It’s different systems that communicate and automate that provide this convenience.

Also today’s vehicles are stuffed with systems to make usage safer and more convenient. Actually, automation technology develops at such a pace that self-driving vehicles are no longer a futuristic dream. They are here soon…

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Is there an alternative to 4x4?

Written by Boel Haglund, October 5, 2016

When purchasing a new vehicle, 4x4 is a common option to consider. No wonder, it’s a familiar and well-tried solution with good features for safer driving – but it’s easy to ignore its weaknesses believing there’s no better alternative. However, when reflecting on those situations where traction is really crucial for your operations, you may conclude that 4x4 is not the perfect solution, but rather a compromise.

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