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…

Riot on the road ahead? Here’s advice from a driving expert

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – There’s continuing havoc across South Africa with strikes, looting and rioting affecting road users in a number of cities and towns. Recent criminality in Tshwane included looting – apparently of foreign-owned businesses – and the situations made road-users seek alternative routes, cancel trips, and miss meetings. So, what to do if…

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,…

‘Driven to Distraction’: Try Kwik Fit cellphone test

LONDON, England – Research revealed in 2019 has shown that more than 2.7-million drivers have  through the previous two years had a collision or veered off the road because they were distracted by a mobile phone. The survey, commissioned by Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair company, found that, of these drivers,…

YouTuber personality killed in electric scooter collision

LONDON, England – UK YouTube personality Emily Hartridge has died after what is believed to be the UK’s first fatal electric scooter crash. “This is a horrible thing to have to say over Instagram but we know many of you were expecting to see Emily today and this is the only way to contact you…

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…

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…