A word from our clients

Don’t just take our word for it – hear what our clients have to say about the service they receive from Regal Rentals.

“Regal Rentals has supported our company since 2002, and we value the friendly and efficient service that they provide and the range of new vehicles they offer.

“Nominated staff can book vehicles by telephone or email and the reservations team at Regal Rentals are helpful and accessible when needed. In addition, their delivery and collection service enables our employees to begin the hire process outside of normal working hours.”

– Specialist risk management consulting and training company.

“Just wanted to say that we have hired 2 cars with you this month and the service (from booking with your reservations team right through to the cleanliness of the cars etc) has been fantastic! We have a happy MD!”

– Computer design & manufacturing company.

Regal Rentals is growing

It’s a very busy time of the year for us at Regal Rentals.

We have invested in new IT technology to streamline the business.

We also have a number of exciting new accounts on stream through our partnership with Avis.

We are proud to be working with Thompsons – a shop fitter and building contractor based in Blackpool.

And over Christmas, we supplied Amazon in Stoke with 16 new vans via Avis for their peak season.

We also supplied 44 vans to Royal Mail over the Christmas period.

Tony Burns, Commercial Manager at Regal Rentals, said: “Regal Rentals is going through a period of growth right now and it is a very exciting time for the business.

“Through our partnership with Avis, we have been working with a number of exciting new businesses and Christmas is always a very busy time of the year for us.

“If you are looking for a rental for a short period of time – perhaps during a typically busy period for your business –we can help you.”

Contact Tony on 01244 852 000.

Are you sitting comfortably?

At Regal Rentals we care about our customers, so all our cars are regularly serviced, safety and quality checked before leaving us. You can rely on our knowledgeable staff to quickly gain a good understanding of your individual requirements and demonstrate all the seat and steering wheel adjustments on handover.

Driving posture and safety have been in the spotlight a lot lately so we’ve highlighted some of the key points.
What is a good posture for driving?

Naturally, everyone will have a preferred seating position, which is why it is so important for drivers to be able to alter their seating.

Your legs should not be scrunched up nor should you need to stretch to use the pedals. Slide the seat so you can operate the pedals and your thigh is relaxed and knees slightly bent. Tilt the seat so that it supports your thighs evenly and the back of your knees do not make contact with the seat.

The seat angle should not be too laid back or up tight, typically a recline of 100 – 115 degrees supports the body in an attentive posture. The majority of new vehicles also have the option to adjust the seat height and also have adjustable lumbar support.

It is also important to adjust the steering wheel so that you can see the dials clearly, do not slouch and actually hold the steering wheel rather than rest your hands on it.

How often should I take a break when driving?

The Highway Code recommends taking a break (at the very least) every two hours. Stopping for a break allows you to refresh and walk around because any posture, no matter how comfortable can become stressful over time.

What can drivers do to prevent back pain?

There can be many factors that contribute to back pain, so first and foremost you should assess your lifestyle and try to identify any trigger points. Good posture and regular exercise play a key role in preventing back pain. Persistent back pain as a result of driving should be referred to a GP and it is also advisable to seek a risk assessment from your employer.

Avoid driving for long periods without a break and ensure that when you finish your journey to walk around and loosen up muscles and stretch before lifting luggage etc.

Regal Rentals behind Chester Zoo’s ‘Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge’

Regal Rentals’ Commercial Manager Tony Burns attended an event held by Chester Zoo on Friday (23rd February) to find out more about the launch of their Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge.

Chester Zoo is striving to make Chester the world’s first sustainable palm oil city and asking businesses to adjust their supply chains to save orang-utans from extinction.

You may never have heard of palm oil, but it is in fact found in more than half of products on supermarket shelves. Palm oil is the world’s most commonly used vegetable oil and is derived from the oil palm plant, but vast areas of rainforest are being cleared to make way for these trees. As a result, palm oil is becoming one of the biggest threats to wildlife in Sumatra and Borneo, so there is an urgent need for it to be grown sustainably. Sourcing alternative vegetable oils and buying products that contain only certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) would help to protect the animals like orang-utans and others that share its rainforest habitat.

There have been improvements in the number of people sourcing sustainable palm oil but lots more needs to be done, so Chester Zoo is aiming to lead by example in making Chester the world’s first sustainable palm oil city. They are rallying Chester businesses to get involved and Regal Rentals is proud to support the initiative through its head office in the city.

Want to get involved? Find out you can become a sustainable palm oil partner in Chester or across the UK by visiting https://www.actforwildlife.org.uk/get-involved/take-conservation-action/take-the-sustainable-palm-oil-challenge/ or search #PalmOilChallenge

Say hello to our new vehicles

We are proud to announce the arrival of the Citroen C3 – Feel & Flair models and the Peugeot 3008 – Active models to our fleet.

The comfortable and distinctive new C3 is instantly recognizable with its quirky design. Its unique shape sets it apart from others, with a bold front face and generous curves giving it a powerful stance.

The model’s smooth lines, graphic elements (such as the coloured inserts surrounding the fog lights) and bright range of colours make it a stylish rental, which is also very easy to get around in thanks to its limited length.

Meanwhile, the equally stylish Peugeot 3008 model offers another option. Named 2017 Car of the Year, the Peugeot 3008 embodies a sleek design as well as numerous safety features.

Included in the vehicle is an intelligent autonomous braking system, which has been designed to avoid a collision or at the very least limit their severity by reducing the vehicle’s speed. It is triggered should the driver not react quickly enough to a potential collision, by activating the vehicle’s brakes.

A further safety feature of the vehicle is the multifunction camera, which is located at the top of the windscreen and coupled with a front bumper mounted radar. These systems are able to detect any obstructions in the road.

Also look out for the VW Crafter – coming to Regal Rentals in March. Perfect for heavier and awkward loads. The Crafter can safely and reliably handle almost any situation with its innovative driver assist safety systems and Euro 6 Tdi engines.

And don’t forget – our fleet includes the Passat Estate and Fabia Estate models.

Want to chat through your options? Give our friendly team a call on 01244 852 000.

The benefits of Flexi Hire

We have been seeing an increase in enquiries regarding flexi-hire at Regal Rentals recently.

There are many benefits to this type of rental. First and foremost, it is a more flexible and fluid solution that enables businesses to meet vehicle demand.

If you need a vehicle for more than 28 days, are waiting for a new company car to arrive or you have a new starter on probation, then flexi-hire is the perfect solution for business users.

View our list of the benefits of flexi-hire below:

  • There are no termination penalties or unexpected end of contract damage re-charges
  • You have no long-term commitments, off-hire without penalty after 28 days
  • Reduces the need for pool cars
  • It is often cheaper to use a rental vehicle than to pay an employee a mileage allowance
  • Get vehicles when you want them, for as long as you need them
  • Get the latest make and model delivered to your door.
  • Pricing options to suit every type of business
  • Our price includes emergency assistance, road fund tax and a free replacement vehicle in event of breakdown
  • Payment by credit card or corporate account every 28 days
  • Regular management information available including P11D values

So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call to discuss flexi-hire for your business today. Contact Tony Burns on 01244 852000 email: tony.burns@regalrentals.com

Regal Rentals sponsors Ashfield Junior School in First Lego League

Regal Rentals is proud to announce its sponsorship of Cumbria’s Ashfield Junior School in their FIRST LEGO League.

The FIRST LEGO League is a global science and technology competition which sees pupils from various schools competing nationally. In total, more than 250,000 young people are taking part in the scheme.

This years’ theme is HYDRO DYNAMICS, challenging pupils to learn all about water – how we find it, transport it, use it or dispose of it.

Team members must research the subject as a team, identify one or more missions to solve then build, test and program an autonomous robot that can solve the mission or missions using LEGO MINDSTORM.

10 pupils at the school aged between 9 and 11 are taking part in the challenge.

The FIRST LEGO League launched in 1999 and is a way for schools to encourage children to develop key skills that will be useful for their future careers and increase their general awareness of real world issues.

The school’s entry in the competition is being supported by Regal Rentals, an independent licensee of AVIS Budget, which operates 13 branches across the North of England and Scotland including in Workington, Barrow In Furness, Carlisle and Lancaster.

Sandra Stainton, Teacher at Ashfield Junior School said: “The children are really enjoying their FIRST LEGO League and finding out more about water and its origins.

“They are in the process of working up a solution to make water drinkable and creating a robot that can help them in this mission. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is one of the most popular parts of the programme.

“We ran a LEGO club last year at the school and the children really enjoyed it so naturally, when we heard about the FIRST LEGO League we jumped at the chance. We are so grateful to have the backing of Regal Rentals.”

Tony Burns, Commercial Manager at Regal Rentals said: “We are delighted to give our support to Ashfield Junior School in funding this fantastic competition.

“We are pleased to hear that the scheme has so far been very successful for the school and we can’t wait to see what the children have designed.

“We think the FIRST LEGO League is a fantastic way to open up opportunities for children to develop their skills in science and technology-based subjects and spark an interest that wasn’t necessarily there before.”

The children were also keen to speak about how much they are enjoying the FIRST LEGO League.

It’s good because I like building Lego and I like studying how to get water to different places.” – Roman

It’s fun to work with Lego and I enjoy coding robots. I have researched coding at home as well.” – Kaidyn

I think it’s fascinating to be able to build robots out of Lego. It is very creative and helps children’s imaginations.” – Elyse

I enjoy programming robots and building them. I hope to do something like this in my job in the future.” – William

Find out more about the FIRST LEGO League here.

Are you ready for winter?

The roads throw up all sorts of difficulties during the winter months.

Whether it’s rain or ice on the roads – which can significantly increase your braking distance – or lowered visibility during the shorter days, it’s wise to prepare now before winter truly kicks in.

To help, Regal Rentals has put together a guide complete with some of the key things you should consider.

Preparing your car

• Tyre pressures can drop significantly when the weather gets colder, so it is particularly important to check that your tyres are in good working order and have sufficient tread depth. 1.6mm is the legal limit, but it is a good idea to replace your tyres before they reach this point. Research has also shown that well maintained tyres can have a big effect on stopping distances on slippery roads.
• It goes without saying that you should ensure your windows and mirrors are de-misted before setting off on your journey. Never use water to defrost the windows.
• Check your lights. They can get filthy with spray during winter, so keep them clean and inspect bulbs regularly to ensure that you’ll be prepared for the darker and more difficult conditions.
• Refresh your screen wash and put it into winter dilution mode. And check your wiper blades – do they leave streaks? If so, it’s best to get them replaced.
• Add anti-freeze to your car radiator.
• Pack some extras into your car should you be caught off guard. It’s wise to include a de-icer, ice scraper, snow shovel, gloves, boots, a hat, a torch, a first aid kit and a bottle of water. You should also add food, blankets and a warm drink for longer journeys.
• Always ensure you have a full tank of fuel in case you are delayed.
• Book your vehicle in for a service. This will give you peace of mind that everything is in working order come the winter months.

Preparing for your journey

• Keep in mind that the average braking distance in wet weather is double that of fine weather and this increases ten-fold in icy conditions. So, if you are travelling at a speed of 30mph with no adverse weather conditions, your braking distance would typically be 14m, but in wet weather this would increase to 28m and in icy weather, a staggering 140m.
• During winter, the sun sits lower in the sky and this can result in glare, so don’t put your sunglasses into storage just yet! Remember: if the sun is behind you, it’s facing those drivers coming towards you. It’s important to stay aware.
• Tell someone you trust when you are heading off on a longer journey and advise them of your expected arrival time.

Preparing yourself

• If in doubt, slow down.
• Give yourself extra time to complete your journey.
• Keep your mobile phone fully charged.
• Keep some extra distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you, given larger braking distances in wet and icy conditions (it’s wise to increase the 2 second rule to 4 seconds or more).
• On colder days and particularly on tree-lined roads, be aware that the trees can prevent the sun’s warmth from reaching the road, so there may still be icy patches when areas elsewhere have thawed.
• When driving in snow, use the highest possible gear to avoid wheel spin. Manoeuvre gently and if you do start to skid, ease off the accelerator but don’t brake suddenly.
• If behind salting vehicles, maintain a safe distance behind them and don’t attempt to overtake.
• Should you get into trouble, remember it is illegal to use a mobile phone when driving. Do not stay in your vehicle – find a safe place away from the hard shoulder. The Fire & Rescue Service recommends staying near your vehicle until help arrives, as abandoned vehicles can hold up rescue teams and snowploughs. If you need to leave your vehicle to get help, ensure that other drivers can see you.

Further useful links for winter weather and traffic information can be found here:
Met Office weather updates
Highways Agency travel updates