Drunk drivers: How to spot them – and what to do if you do

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Gauteng has gained notoriety as the province with the most cases of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and is one of the few to have seen an increase in such statistics. Eugene Herbert, MD of MasterDrive, says extensive efforts to educate and encourage drivers to avoid mixing alcohol…

Pets in the car: Volvo study highlights the many dangers

ROCKLEIGH, New Jersey – A study by Volvo USA and The Harris Poll has shown that unrestrained pets in a moving vehicle can lead to significantly less-safe driving and more distraction and stress not only on the driver but also the pet. Pets might be ”members of the family”, Volvo reports, but many owners don’t…

Tough times tough on tyre-buying – but don’t take chances

Economic pressure is making South African vehicle owners push their tyres much further than the safe threshold of their lifespan, leading to an increase in vehicle accidents. Dries Venter, technical manager at Bridgestone South Africa, explains how a multi-agency approach can help personal and business drivers make better decisions to save lives while keeping their…

Hijacking self-defence: Take a course, fight the scourge

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A report by the South African Cities Network has released data about hijackings of which road users, particularly in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and eThekwini, should be aware. Vehicle hijacking in those areas has increased – contrary to data from other major municipalities. Data supplied to MasterDrive reports that, somewhere in South Africa,…

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…

Going on a road trip: Don’t forget these ‘essentials’

DENVER, Colorado –  America, like South Africa, is a big country so if you’re planning a long drive to somewhere or a touring holiday make sure you have everything you might need. Here are suggestions and musts from the US but they apply just as much to down here in Africa. A new graphic from…

Love your car: Home maintenance tips cost nothing – try them…!

Cars require regular monitoring and maintenance Even DIY checks are not difficult – or go to an expert Handy list of maintenance basics for non-experts PRETORIA, South Africa – So you bought a set of wheels, complete with new car smell, all the bells and whistles, and messages of congrats from family and friends wishing…

Datsun helps you stay cool by winter-proofing your car

How to chill during winter driving Datsun lists preparations for chilly days …and don’t forget long-life snacks ROSSLYN, South Africa: Freezing weather in Gauteng, storms in the Western Cape and no doubt you’ve hauled out your winter clothing for protection. But what about your car? It, too, is owed a little extra protection during the…

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…

Five tips to fight fatigue while at the wheel (V)

DRIVERS NEED to be properly rested before setting off on long journeys, says breakdown and road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist. Tired drivers greatly increase the risk of a collision and reaction times are increased and these two states can factor in as many as 20%  of all crashes and one in four deaths and…

Easter travel: Check busy times for a safe holiday drive

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Easter is a dangerous time – assuming you’re out on the road with the family for the day or going away on holiday: indeed, over Easter 2018,  road fatalities increased by 14% over the previous year. So, take a few minutes to heed some expert advice before you head out with a…

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 –…