Beat the clicker thieves: Tracker tells how to keep your car safe

LONDON, England – Crime reports published by the British government indicate the frequency of car theft is rising again in England and Wales. How much? By 15% through 2016/17 and by 40% through the last five years. Anti-vehicle theft experts Track believe the cause is the growing use of vehicle keyless locking and entry. Yes,…

Look out, eye-tests about: UK cracks down on vision

Instant roadside driving ban in sight Can YOU read a vehicle licence plate at 20m? Five instant checks can have you banned LONDON, England – Three police forces in Englang are begun roadside eyesight tests that could immediately confiscate driving licences – yes, at the roadside. The British Institute of Advanced Motoring organisation RoadSmart has…

Work that log-book! Total your wheels’ costs, save in long run

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Do you know how much it costs every day to keep your personal wheels on the road or even in your garage over the weekend? The SA Automobile Association says its important to factor in costs that go way beyond the cost of fuel. The AA asserts: “Many people assume the cost…

Nervous nation: How do you score with in-car amity?

ARGUMENTS over speeding are the top cause of bickering between driver and passengers in cars in the UK – and older people are THREE TIMES more likely to criticise their partner’s driving than younger passengers. Findings from a survey of nearly 1200 drivers could spell trouble, it adds. Online motor retail specialist BuyaCar.co.uk asked customers…

Hey, are YOU one of the world’s worst drivers? Bet on it…

On the road? Then think for yourself… and others SA drivers among world’s worst. Make you proud? Using the middle finger is not an accepted road sign From MASTERDRIVE South Africa JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – TV show ‘Carte Blanche’ recently focused on drivers’ role in creating danger on South Africa’s roads and cited individual responsibility for…

Look out! ‘L’-plates being let loose on UK freeways

Learners get green light for freeway driving OK with approved teacher – and dual controls Reckoned that teaching rules will cut deaths LONDON, England – Learner drivers will be allowed on Britain’s motorways from today (June 4 2018) after years of campaigning by road-safety experts,  a road revolution hailed by the Institute of Advance Motoring’s…

Soaring fuel prices: So, here’s how to fight back

By EUGENE HERBERT MD of MasterDrive JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Fuel prices reached a record – if not a possible all-time high – in May 2018 and vehicle owners will NOT be breathing a sigh of relief any time soon. Why? Because another, even higher, increase is expected in June. Mid-month estimates put the increase at 74c/litre…

Drunk driving – and the terrifying ripple effect of alcohol

Talking alcohol: Horror of drunk driving Goggles show just what you’re doing Women remember family tragedies JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Gauteng Women in Insurance, at a recent networking event, used the theme of ‘The Ripple Effect’ to show how one event – in this case drunk-driving – can have many consequences on people. Road safety organisation…

Roadside shootings: Some tips to stay safe in an emergency

Don’t worry – panic is natural Remember, cars only explode in movies Key in all emergency numbers, soonest! EUGENE HERBERT MasterDrive MD ROAD-USERS have again been caught up in a shooting – this time in Sandton, northern Johannesburg – when shots were fired at a fuel station and one person was killed. There was another…

Lights on! Fine, but what do those warnings MEAN?

Auto driving aids – but which is which? Survey shows most drivers haven’t a clue The lights are on – but what do they mean? LONDON, England – Vehicle owners are paying thousands of pounds (or rands, if you’re in South Africa)  for high-tech car features that they neither realise the have – or what…

Flat tyre? Read this for sensible (perhaps life-saving!) advice

Check tyres before you leave home Know where the jack is – and how to use it  First task: call freeway emergency service LONDON, England – Sometimes the roads we drive on can be unpredictable,hich can cause a tyre puncture. This could mean cancelling our plans and waiting in a safe place for the breakdown…