Year-end road-death toll: Are SA drivers barking mad?

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – 176 men, women and children died when a Boeing 737 was hit by two Iranian ground-to-air missiles in early January 2020. While tragic, that death toll pales against the number of people – vehicle occupants and pedestrians – who died on South African roads during the Christmas/New Year holiday season. The slaughter…

Safe and courteous driving begins in Grade 1

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – As school begins this week so drivers will battle their way through heavier traffic whether parent or not. The first day of school, in particular, is busier as parents deliver children to the first day of primary or high school. Those same parents should, as they joust their way along the freeway…

Drive healthy: A safer way to survive the holiday crush

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – As you head toward your family holiday destination this year, the health of yourself and your passengers should be a priority. This will assist in ensuring you arrive at your destination stress-free and safely so that you can enjoy your well-deserved break. NUTRITION An individual is considered to be healthy…

Potholes: Don’t let them get you down this rainy season

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – They’re the hidden perils of driving on South Africa’s roads – provincial and municipal – during and after the rainstorms for which the nation is known. Potholes – some big and deep enough to house a shoal of fish – are lurking. Forget cursing the municipal workers – it ain’t do…

Ford backs survey to link roadkill with human lives

PRETORIA, South Africa – We’ve all driven past the corpse of an animal on or alongside a road or freeway – even in a game park – after a collision with a sometimes too fast-moving vehicle. However, not only animals might be involved. International award-winning researcher Wendy Collinson-Jonker, manager of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife…

Think bike! Sharing is caring out there on the roads

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Collisions involving cyclists and motor vehicles have become almost commonplace on South Africa’s roads so cyclists and motorists need to take steps to avoid fatal collisions. The managing director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, believes drivers tend to have little regard for cyclists.. “Speed is a major influence in this problem. A…

Buying used tyres? Go ahead, it’s your life at risk

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – A recent report from a major tyre manufacturer has shown that more than 60% of second-hand tyres sold in South Africa are not safe to use. South African Tyre Manufacturing Conference chairman Darren Hayes-Powell told The Corner in a media release: “This is a staggering statistic – one possibly fatal for those…

Don’t scrimp on tyres – they’re all that’s keeping you on the road

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – When it comes to choosing the right tyre for their vehicles, consumers need to understand what to look for, says Dries Lottering, Manufacturing Renewal Executive, Bridgestone South Africa. “Tyres look pretty much alike, especially to the untutored eye, but it’s what goes into them that makes all the difference,” he said….

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…