Not wearing a seat belt? Try taking a tumble…(V)

Don’t wear a vehicle seat belt? Stupid! See what happens if your vehicle rolls Even at 50km/h, you’re in peril of death LONDON, England – Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is keen to remind every vehicle occupant how important it is to wear a seatbelt on EVERY journey. It will used at the…

Ford emergency trials can pinpoint source of sirens

New Ford tech locates approaching emergency vehicle Faster arrival for police, ambulances, fire engines Other tech alerts drivers to red-light drivers BRENTWOOD, England – Trying to locate the source of an emergency siren while at the wheel can be stressful and, if you’re in freeway traffic, potentially dangerous as you look around to get out of the way. The…

New two-wheels peril: Bikers’ tips to avoid hijacking

Hijacking doesn’t happen only to cars and trucks Be alert – and ready to ride away Pillion riders aren’t always as they seem JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – An alert has been issued by a motorcycling group about an increase in hijackings in the Kempton Park area, east of central Johannesburg. Road safety group MasterDrive told Carman’s…

Volvo gets more ‘on-way-to-SA’ crash-protection awards

NEW YORK – Volvo Cars has once again been recognised by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its contribution to improving traffic safety and reducing road deaths and serious injury globally. Per Lenhoff, a technical expert with Volvo Cars Safety Centre – claimed to be one of the most advanced test facilities in the…

Struggling ANC falls back on traffic-cop promises

Will more traffic cops cut the road carnage? What about annual roadworthy checks? And who’s going to police the traffic police? PRETORIA,  Gauteng – Plans to declare traffic-law enforcement an “essential service” to enable a 24-hour duty schedule for traffic cops is, the Automobile Association believes, “a positive development to be welcomed by all road-users…

Worn tyres: The REAL facts about replacement – and when

Controversial findings from Michelin research Is current tyre-testing outdated for all weathers? Too-early tyre changes can affect performance, fuel use LONDON, England – Michelin has rejected calls from sections of the tyre industry to increase the minimum legal tread depth from 1.6mm to 3mm. Find out why here… Such a tread-depth increase would, of course,…

Cars ‘soon smart enough’ to make life-saving decisions

By MIKE WHITFIELD MD at Nissan South Africa Autonomous driving technology is developing so rapidly that  Business Insider’s research has forecast 10-million such cars on UK roads by 2020. However, the closer we get to completely driverless cars, the more critical it becomes for automakers to make sure they’re safe. Autonomous cars can save lives. Not…

Schoolkid drivers show the way to safer roads

Challenge seeks top pre-17 driving talent Aim: To halve new drivers’ accident rate Repetition key to being confident and safe driver LONDON, England –  The search is on for the best drivers from across Britain and the process could be a lesson for the authorities in South Africa on how to start cutting our horrific highways death…

Solution to cellphone roadhogs found two centuries ago

Nissan adopts 19th-century) tech to cut phone distraction Car compartment blocks cell, Bluetooth, wi-fi signals Almost 20% of drivers admit driving and texting LONDON, England – A Victorian-era invention has been adopted by Nissan GB which can stop drivers  being tempted to use/answer a cellphone for voice or messages. The beauty of the design, Nissan…

UK school teens to get pre-learners’ driving instruction

Pre-licence training for 14- to 17-year-olds Volvo Car UK to provide 20 cars to support scheme Aim is  to reduce young drivers’ crash casualties GLASGOW, Scotland – Teens as young as 14 have just begun driving instruction as part of a Scottish national curriculum. In South Africa, unfortunately, schoolchildren of that age are being killed…

On the road: Here’s what’s most likely to kill you

Even the best can’t handle satnav too Killed on road one thing, but suicide? Track text exposes real cellphone peril CAPE TOWN, South Africa – So, another long weekend in South Africa then… Unless you’re stupid enough to be one of them, you’re up against unroadworthy vehicles with defective brakes and headlights, unlicensed drivers who’ve…

Hope for SA from UN Road Safety Week?

LONDON, England – Brake, a British road-safety charity, has published a report ahead of ‘2017 UN Road Safety Week’ (May 8-14) to help practitioners and campaigners to develop practical approaches to educating drivers, interventions and sustainable travel. Given the recent horrific multi-death taxi crashes of the past week perhaps those in charge of what passes…