Mayfair Rent-A-Car Edge of Success Mayfair Rent-A-Car FALL Opens Glendale Benefits Your DRIVING Office Company With TIPS Holiday Season Planning Page 2 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 A Publication of Mayfair Leasing and Mayfair Rent-A-Car VOLUME 2 December 2006 Negligent Entrustment Is Your Company at Risk? Negligent entrustment is a legal theory that allows a accidents (work and non-work related) involve company to be held liable for damages caused by a improperly licensed drivers. third party. While the theory has been available for Equally unsettling is that settlement of these more than a century, it has been lawsuits is based on punitive damages used infrequently up to now. The $6,025,000 – punishment based on the net worth WHAT’S NEW theory, however, has potential for Awarded to Victim of the employer. The court gains a much broader application and access to the company’s financial AT MAYFAIR is increasingly used to link the of Negligent statement in order to establish a RENT A CAR? company to vehicle accidents Employee Driver monetary settlement to a level that caused by employees. According New York, NY – A 43-year punitively impacts the company’s to a Tillinghast-Towers Perrin old registered nurse suffered net worth. Look Inside to study, the U.S. tort system is a spinal nerve injury, total experiencing double-digit hearing loss, and other Most companies rely on employee learn about our increases this decade. severe injuries when her driven - vehicle transportation to New Glendale vehicle was struck broadside. conduct business, so what can be The doctrine is not a species of The plaintiff contended that done to minimize risk? Eliminating Location! vicarious liability. The concern is the defendant (company) company owned vehicles and enacting not with the negligence of the failed to properly hire, train reimbursement policies for employee user. Negligent entrustment is a and supervise its employee owned vehicles is not the answer. In driver; failed to examine his general theory of recovery under previous driving record; and fact employee reimbursement for which the plaintiff alleges that negligently entrusted its vehicle use can actually increase the the defendant was negligent vehicle to him. company’s exposure to liability (we’ll in entrusting a dangerous discuss this shortly). instrumentality to one incompetent to use it safely, when he knew or By taking a proactive approach to your company’s 1720 Paramount Drive should have known that the incompetent would risk management program, you can mitigate the Waukesha, WI 53186 injure a third party. The “know or should know” potential ramifications of negligent entrustment. 262-513-3300 is the link between the company and Specific company policies can assist with discon- mayfairleasing.com mayfairrentacar.com the accident. necting the casual link between company and accident (as it pertains to the “know or should know”). Companies of Also noteworthy is that most work fatalities are Here are the steps you can take: caused by automobile accidents, and that 20% of (continued on next page) (continued from page 1 Negligent Entrustment.) 1. Company Car Policy – Write a company car policy. The policy should be well written, reviewed by counsel, and specifically define business use of company owned vehicles. The policy should outline appropriate action once a high-risk driver is EDGE Of Success To hear Ford Motor Co. tell it, the identified. 2. Driver Selection – If the company will require the employee to operate a vehicle, you need proof that they have a favorable driving record and a valid driver’s license at time of hire. 3. Driver Records – The Company has a fiduciary obligation to verify that each driver has a valid driver’s license and a driving record that does not expose the company to risk. MVR’s (motor vehicle record) should be acquired on all new hires. A scheduled MVR review should be in place for all current employee-drivers as well, management included. 4. Vehicle Maintenance – Vehicles must be kept roadworthy and safe to use. If a vehicle is not safe, remove it from service. A structured preventative maintenance program should be in place and maintenance records should be retained. Edge is creating a bigger buzz than 5. Vehicle Safety Programs – Driver safety training has the potential to not only Red Bull. reduce accidents, but could be viewed favorably in the event of litigation resulting from an accident. The new crossover is rolling into showrooms this month, but the Mayfair Leasing can assist your company in taking a proactive approach to risk automaker said it already has 20,000 management through its partnership with Network. MVR’s, vehicle maintenance dealer orders. And that's on top of all programs, and driver record monitoring programs are all available through the virtual hype about the vehicle: Network’s customized vehicle management programs. Contact Bob Rothe at 262- 754-3503, to schedule a review of your company transportation program. • More than 1 million people have looked at the Edge on Ford's Web site since the vehicle debuted in Mayfair Rent-A-Car Opens Glendale Office January at the North America Mayfair Rent-A-Car is pleased to Milwaukee”. Mike goes on to say that, International Auto Show in Detroit. announce the opening of its 10th “we will be able to service corporate • More than 320,000 people have location at 1935 West Silver Spring customers, automotive dealerships, built an Edge online, which Drive. Matt Dlugi has been promoted to and body shops in the area in a more surpasses last year's sales darling Branch Manager at this new location. robust fashion”. at Ford, the Fusion sedan. Matt joined Mayfair as a Manager • And 50,000 people have requested Trainee in 2004 and has previously The Glendale location will feature late more information about the Edge. served as Branch Manager at the model cars, passenger vans, and Crossovers, the industry's newest Franklin and Racine locations. trucks, including Penske trucks ranging phenomenon, typically combine the from 12’ cube vans to 26’ van bodys. roominess and utility of an SUV with a Mike Daury, Regional Manager, car's driving dynamics and better fuel- describes this branch location as “a Contact Matt Delugi at 414-961-6006 efficiency. Automakers say this new key location to service customers for any of your rental needs. segment will surpass SUVs in sales located around the northeast area of this year with 2.4 million units. Along with the strong Internet interest Redesigned Camry Remains Top Seller and dealer orders, Ford said the Automotive Lease Guide has ranked Toyota’s best selling Camry continues Camry could become the first car to the Edge the highest in its segment. to be in great demand, with top 450,000 units per year since the Ford says an Edge SEL with all-wheel dealerships averaging a 10-day supply. Chevy Impala in 1978. drive will offer a best-in-class residual Sales are over 250,000 units value of 51 percent after three years, since the launch of the quoting ALG numbers. redesigned model in March, which is up 3.1%. Cisco Codina, Ford's top sales executive, said last month that the Camry has been the best selling Edge was the "single most important car every year since 1997 with launch for the company this year." the exception of one year. Mayfair Leasing Values Partnership with Network Provides Important Benefit to Customer Fleet New Technology Mayfair Leasing is pleased with its partnership with Network, a full-service vehicle management company to provide customized vehicle management solutions such as preventive maintenance Could Save and repairs, fuel management and emergency roadside service programs. 4-Percent MPG “We are pleased to offer Network’s comprehensive vehicle management programs to our While ethanol and flex-fuel customers,” said Dan Ewald, President, Mayfair Leasing. “Working with Network allows us to vehicles are rapidly gaining in provide enhanced services, such as a 24-hour customer contact center, ensuring their safety.” popularity, auto companies, including General Motors For more information on Mayfair Leasing visit Mayfair Leasing at www.mayfairleasing.com or Corp., are experimenting contact Bob Rothe at 262-754-3503. in-house with some unusual ways of helping drivers to Network is an independent brand of vehicle management services, partnering with lessors to assist save at the pump. them with providing management expertise to their customers. Network operates a live customer contact center, staffed with ASE certified technicians 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist One of the systems being companies in keeping their drivers on the road. developed is "brake to neutral," which would For more information on Network, visit www.thepowerofnetwork.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. automatically shift your vehicle from drive to neutral when you step on the brake Mayfair Rent-A-Car in certain situations, such as at a red light. Benefits Your Company With Holiday Season Planning Entertaining customers during the holiday Don’t delay. Call the Mayfair Rent-A-Car office The theory is that even this season? Planning holiday office luncheons? nearest you or visit us on line at www.mayfair- simple action helps to dial Make the experience for your customers and rentacar.com today to place a reservation and down the engine enough to employees even better by allowing Mayfair make your holiday celebration a hit! result in fuel savings of 3 Rent-A-Car to give you a hand. percent to 4 percent. The system is promising, because Tantalize your customers and employees it offers fuel savings without by providing them with door-to-door service the expense of complicated when inviting them to holiday luncheons, hybrid systems. The one dinners, and receptions. Your local Mayfair problem that companies rental office can conveniently deliver a have yet to work out with passenger van or car right to your office. "brake to neutral" is how Mayfair Rent-A-Car operates the largest to handle braking on a fleet of passenger vans and luxury cars hill without the car in Wisconsin. rolling backward. Automakers are also looking at ways of putting gasoline Edmunds.com Reports True Cost of Incentives under higher engine Edmunds recently estimated that the average billion in September, unchanged from August. compression, similar to how auto manufacturer incentive in the United diesel fuel is treated, which States was $2,587 per vehicle sold in Sept. Chrysler, Ford, and GM spent a total of $2.6 can also result in fuel 2006, up $182, or 8 percent, from Aug. 2006, billion, or 73 percent of the total; Japanese savings. But with this experi- and up $243, or 10 percent, from Sept. 2005. manufacturers spent $613 million, or 17 mental system, there are percent; European manufacturers spent $237 "knock" issues, which would The calculations are based on sales volume, million, or seven percent; and Korean manu- be unacceptable to U.S. including the mix of vehicle makes and models, facturers spent $111 million, or 3 percent. consumers who do not as well as on the proportion of vehicles for Your Mayfair Leasing representative will guide tolerate the engine noise. which each type of incentive was used. The you through the maze of incentives and assure industry’s total incentives spending were that you receive all available discounts. estimated to have totaled approximately $3.6 BETWEEN FALL DRIVING TIPS the lines During the fall months, decreasing daylight and may find you driving into the sun. Be sure your Commuter wet leaves can create challenges for drivers. windows are clean, inside and out, and have 59 Road Rage Follow these tips to be prepared. sunglasses on hand. When you lower your visor, Fifty-nine percent of push it forward, then pull it back to the proper workers surveyed by Fallen Leaves position. If you're driving away from a low sun, CareerBuilder.com admit to Patches of fallen leaves can be just as glare will not be a problem for you, but it can be for experiencing road rage while dangerous as patches of ice. Fallen leaves approaching drivers. It may help to use your low traveling to and from work. retain large amounts of water and can create a beam headlights, allowing you to be seen easier. One in 10 report they slippery surface. Drive slowly through them and usually or always experience avoid hard or panic braking. Decreasing Daylight road rage during their The decreasing daylight may also mean that commute. Fall Brings the First Frost some drivers will be commuting in twilight or Be aware of slippery conditions that occur dark conditions. A driver's vision, including 85 percent say their primary with frost. At or near freezing temperatures, depth perception, color recognition and means of traveling to and the moisture on bridges and overpasses peripheral vision, is compromised in the dark. from work is driving. Thirty will become ice much quicker than the The human body becomes more relaxed and percent of workers with approaching roadways. less alert in the dark. However, there are ways commutes of less than five to minimize the hazards minutes say they experience A Bad associated with driving in the road rage on occasion. The Combination dark: same goes for 42 percent of Frost, sunshine, wet workers with commutes of leaves on roads, school • Prepare your eyes for night less than 10 minutes. Sixty buses, and kids horsing driving. When you step out of percent of women reported around on the way to a brightly lit building into a road rage compared to 57 school can be a darkened environment it percent of men. disaster if they come takes anywhere between two together at the wrong and five minutes for your eyes time. Recognize the risk to begin adjusting to the Chik-fil-A Founder and drive accordingly. change in light conditions and a full 30 minutes Seeking Last to fully adjust. Challenges for Drivers • Make sure your headlights, tail lights and turn Ford Taurus Rain, fog, sleet and wet snow require complete signals are all working properly. Turn your Atlanta autoworkers driver attention. Remember the "two-second headlights on as soon as the light begins to were his longtime rule" when following other drivers. In severe fade. Always use low beams when traveling in customers weather, increase your following distance. If you foggy conditions - light of your high beams will Ford Motor Co. officials are are being tailgated, let the other driver pass. simply be reflected off the moisture in the air working to provide the right back at you. founder of the Chick-fil-A Dealing with Sunlight • Check the aim of your headlights. Poorly restaurant chain with the The sun rises later and sets earlier as fall aimed headlights reduce the distance you can last Ford Taurus that rolls approaches. Your commute to and from work see and possibly blind oncoming drivers. off the assembly line when production of the model ends. Truett Cathy, 85, has had a longtime relationship with the Atlanta-area plant that makes the sedan, crediting the success of his first restaurant to business from Ford workers across the street. Cathy plans to display the last Taurus with many of his other collectible cars at his Atlanta headquarters and at his restaurants. 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