Ford braking demo: How to stay on the curved and narrow

KYALAMI, South Africa – Two  Ford Fiestas were centre-stage during a ‘Stop the Crash‘  show hosted by the Global New Car Assessment Programme and the Automobile Association to make governments declare automatic crash avoidance mandatory on new vehicles. One such is electronic stability control, a system reported to have prevented 260 000 vehicle collisions in…

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…

2019 Mazda3 on way with top crash-protection marks

THE NEXT generation of the now ageing Mazda3 is expected in South Africa fairly soon but meanwhile the cars have been awarded the maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP. Sister ship the Mazda6 has already achieved an overall five-star rating under the new, more stringent, 2018 Euro NCAP crash-protection ratings. ”The 2019 Mazda3 performed impressively…

Latest Lexus tops the tables in EuroNCAP testing

LONDON, England – The new Lexus UX compact SUV has achieved a top five-star rating in the latest round of independent testing by Euro NCAP. The results embed it among the safest cars of its kind for driver and passenger crash protection with a 96% score for its effectiveness in safeguarding adults and 85% for…

Chev US making teens buckle-up – or go nowhere

Chev enables checking on your teens Road-safety feature keeps mom in mind Buckle-up guys, or you’re going nowhere DETROIT, Michigan – Chevrolet has introduced what it claims is an industry-first ‘Buckle to Drive’ feature that reminds young drivers to belt-up before driving. The system, standard in some Chevrolet models in the US, prevents the gear-shifter…

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…

Bikers, lissen upp: Five top tips to help you survive your ride

LONDON, England – A British road-safety and breakdown organisation is keen to reduce motorcycle casualties during the northern summer (though that covers South African riders who can pretty much ride year-round). Central, according to GEM, riders should focus on improving their road skills and knowing their limits. Equally, the safety crew wants other road users to…

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…

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…

Aarto Bill: Is the ANC just looking to top up its piggy bank?

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The Automobile Association in South Africa believes that, in its current form, the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill is cause for concern. The AA believes the Bill is slanted more towards revenue collection – money for the government – than on improving road safety through the threat of serious…

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…

Here’s a lesson for South Africa about criminal road users

LONDON, England – British Road-safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has asked courts across Britain to get tough on drivers and riders who accumulate 12 penalty points on their licences. The call came as a further example emerged of a driver who successfully invoked the ”exceptional hardship” excuse to persuade magistrates that he should…