‘Hello darling, can’t talk now, I’m racing’

SILVERSTONE, England – American Formula 2 driver Santino Ferrucci has been fined and banned for four races after colliding with a team mate while using a cellphone during a supporting race ahead of Sunday’s British F1 GP race. He also refused to attend subsequent stewards’ hearings. Ferrucci, 20 and a development driver with the Haas…

JLR tests plan to get cars talking autonomously

JLR testing cars that can ‘talk’ to each other on UK roads R128-million project  for connected roads Roads and vehicles fitted with world-first tech PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar Land Rover UK has begun testing smart connected cars on UK roads to prepare for self-driving cars as part of a £7-million project to create Britain’s first fully…

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…

Ford attacking global pothole crisis – head-on

New Ford Focus road-hole detection system Instant data modifies suspension response Test track has replicas of world’s worst potholes WARLEY, England – Drivers in the UK are in a pothole crisis that’s been made worse through 2018 by the “Beast from the East” air-mass which delivered Arctic conditions to the British Isles. Ford decided to…

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…

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…

UK automakers back new Euro road-safety measures

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association’s (ACEA) Euro proposals to further improve vehicle safety while stressing that some proposed measures require further review. ACEA secretary-general Erik Jonnaert said in a media release: “ACEA members acknowledge the importance of including additional safety features in new vehicles.” These included autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning…

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…

Haval crash-testing returns good results from Aussies

Haval SUV’s report exceptional crash safety Current road-safety tactics ‘not working’ Five-star ratings from Aussie crash tests  JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The statistics are in, and they confirm what most of us already know: South African roads are a dangerous place to be indeed – although not if you’re in an Haval. More of which in…

So, are you a stupid, selfish, incompetent driver – or not?

Why our road deaths are among world’s highest Factory bosses, give walking workers reflective gear  Dear reader, before going further please jot down what you think was the (recorded) TOTAL South African road death-toll through the decade 2008 to the end of 2017 – OK? JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The annual road-deaths statistics for South Africa…

JLR delves into seeing-cars tech for blind spots

R75-million project to ‘see’ around corners JLR leading AutopleX autonomous driving Connected, automated and live-mapping tech used LONDON, England – Jaguar Land Rover says it is leading a £4.7-million project to develop self-driving cars that can ‘see’ at blind junctions and through obstacles. The project, AutopleX, is intended to combine connected, automated and live mapping to…