So you thought autonomous cars would be safe…?

Autonomous cars: More questions than answers? All is not so safe – humans will have to be alert Easier settlement of vehicle insurance claims LONDON, England – Driverless cars could create a highway to confusion unless training and coaching catches up with the fast pace of change and helps drivers to cope with a whole…

Happy birthday Breathalyser: Half-century of ‘blow here’

Older test methods were more fun One bag, one blow, and off to court 200 a year dying die driving drunk LONDON, England – The drink drive breathalyser is 50 years old this weekend. Police carried out the first roadside breath test on a motorist in Shropshire on 8 October 1967. Prior to that, the…

Older drivers: ‘They’re just as safe as younger folk’

2017 International Day of Older Persons on October 1 More than 100 000 UK people over 90 still drive ‘Mature’ drivers as safe as other road users LONDON, England – Road safety and breakdown recovery provider GEM Motoring Assist is keen to stand up for the increasing number of older people who choose to continue…

Close shave could be fatal – shift the bristles at home

Shave in the bathroom, not in the traffic Teach you children the dangers of bad behaviour Reading a book? Wait until you get to the office LONDON, England – A poll by the UK’s biggest road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, of more than 2300 visitors to its website has lifted the lid on some of…

Appalling reason why law lets kids die in school taxis

No reasonable limit to number being carried Three youngsters can count as only two Enforce the laws, stop the awful child death toll WHEEL WELL, A South African organisation intended to promote road-safety for children, says current laws do not adequately address taxi overloading – particularly those covering school minibus taxis. The organisation’s Peggy Mars…

Unsure of traffic circles? Some tips from an expert

LONDON, England – Roundabouts sometimes send even the most experienced drivers into panic so here’s some simple information from the UK’s IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving standards Richard Gladman. There are a few simple guidelines: Information: Look well ahead; check all three mirrors to identify vehicles around your car. Give any signals in plenty of time….

Freeway road trains: Good idea, bad idea?

Another barmy idea from UK government? Several big trucks – only a lead driver Internet-controlled convoys draw drivers’ ire LONDON, England – Plans are on the table in the UK to allow automated, internet-controlled, truck trains loose on British freeways with one driver in a lead truck controlling three or more similar slave vehicles. READ…

Female track ace Clare goes off-road for tyre advice

Women’s Month event drives home tyre road-safety Continental steps up with tyre safety advice Off-road driving experience helps sharpen driving skills PORT ELIZABETH – Defensive driving is the single most important skill that South African women can acquire to ensure that they and their loved ones stay safe on the country’s roads. This is the…

Be careful: Dashcams might be hashcams in court

Dashcams sometimes miss whole picture High-profile police patrols still necessary Protection? It could be the opposite… LONDON, England – The UK’s biggest road-safety charity has warned that the rush of drivers buying a dashcam might not create as many prosecutions for dangerous driving hoped. It could even lead to to fewer traffic patrols as officers…

Parents’ terror of teaching kids to drive

Parents scold young L-drivers but forget Highway Code 1-in-10 mums prefers birthing to being driven by junior Parents spend 364 hours a year driving their offspring LONDON, England – New research by Vauxhall (Opel in SA) Motors has shown that 40% of parents are terrified of being drive by one of their children yet about…

At last! Teen L-drivers to access freeway training

Learner drivers take lessons on motorways Part of the overall driving-licence routine Too many youngsters dying from inexperience LONDON, England – Learner drivers in the UK can now look forward to motorway / freeway driving being part of their ‘L’-plate period of tuition. Carman’s Corner says this is an excellent improvement in UK driving training…

Emergency! Take a refresher on ‘red light’ etiquette

Simple rules to handle emergency traffic  Get out of the way – but do it safely! Stay there until all emergency vehicles pass LONDON, England – British road-safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging all road users to be ‘Blue Light Aware’ and to know how to assist the emergency services vehicles when…