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 –…

Still to head for coast or park? Take five to read this…

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The Easter school holidays are already upon us and many families are heading back and forth across and up and down South Africa so The Corner would like to pass on these six suggestions for safer journeying. Work… …it’s what’s needed to reach your destination – and, of course, for the return…

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…

UK drivers steering away from High Street parking high prices

Big savings on street and parkade slot rentals Extra income for inner-city homeowners More than a million commuters have signed-up LONDON, England – The popularity i the UK of renting space on private driveways has soared in recent years as commuters seek to save cash on expensive inner-city parking. YourParkingSpace.co.uk reports that bookings more than…

School’s back – but are YOU playing safe on the school run?

New drivers, harassed parents, be careful Some simple guidelines for the school run …and commuters should take care, too JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – More new schools, growing number of pupils… each year the congestion increases and with it the chances of a painful, possibly lethal, confrontation. Many new road-users, recently qualified as best our traffic departments…

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…

Here’s a challenge SA: Driving schools for pre-teens are real

43% of drivers want compulsory motorway lessons Talking driving etiquette and how to open a door Pre-teen driving instruction for safer road users LONDON, England – Research by the under-17 Young Driver organisation asked 1000 licensed drivers in the UK which elements of driving they thought should be emphasised during driving lesso. Using a cellphone…

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,…