Drive right at night… safe-driving when the sun goes down

IF YOU’RE about to go home from an evening function you can just hop in the car and leave, right? Not quite. Night driving in South Africa has many challenges that require more effort to stay safe. MasterDrive’s MD, Eugene Herbert, says every driver should develop a strategy for safe and competent night-driving. “It should…

Tips for pregnant drivers: Vital advice for mums-to-be

Pregnant? Then take this sage safety advice Try (or imagine) being fully pregnant when driving Ford’s preggy-belt will add 14kg to your mass JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Automaker Ford has developed some potentially vital driving tips for pregnant drivers to keep them safe and comfortable on the road. Ford designers/engineers created an “empathy belly” (a…

Seeing is believing? MasterDrive’s course will change your perceptions

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Over Easter 2019 South Africa saw a commendable 48% decline in the number of road deaths against the previous year – which was commendable. No so good was that 807 drivers were arrested for driving with more than the legal alcohol limit. A large portion of the population still persists in this…

Telematics: A weapon you can use to fight back fuel taxes

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The latest budget speech, as expected, warned of higher fuel levies (read, taxes!) which will add R1.34 to a litre of petrol and R0.81 to a litre of diesel. Not only that, but a ”carbon tax” will also be added. All that means that filling a 50-litre vehicle fuel tank will –…

Comment: The killer culture of disobeying road laws

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Three teenagers were killed and another seriously injured in kwaZulu-Natal when a taxi driver ran a red light and mowed them down as they crossed the road. The local people reported that taxis were often driven recklessly in the area; unfortunately that’s true in many parts of South Africa – a national…

What to do if YOU’RE the target of a vehicle hijack

What to do if faced with a car hijacker Target could be you, your car, or your cash Get used to these simple-to-do precautions DURBAN, South Africa – Recently, according to MasterDrive, vehicle hijacking has spiked in this coastal city – along with an increase in the number of people kidnapped when their vehicle is hijacked….

Ford US focuses on teen drivers… lesson for SA’s road moguls?

Driving Skills for Life moves on to year 16 14-city US tour will give 6000 teens hands-on lessons Sleep suit will highlight drowsy driving, sharpen focus DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford America’s ‘Driving Skills for Life’ programme for teenagers has just started its 16th year of operation and, as it happens, Sixteeners can drive legally in…