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…

Cellphones: If you think SA is bad, try these places…

 Cell-related UK crashes increase by 24% in five years  Millions of drivers don’t know cellphone rules Just get a darn hands-free system, stupid! LONDON, England – Despite high-profile state and police campaigns highlighting the danger of using a cellphone when driving many drivers continue to risk their and strangers’ lives by taking that call. Or…

Taught braking distances all wrong! UK report

LONDON, England – Stopping distances listed in the British Highway Code should be increased because drivers’ thinking time has been underestimated, according to data obtained by road-safety charity Brake. Brake asked the British Transport Research Laboratory to provide evidence on the time taken by car drivers to perceive, recognise and react to an emergency situation….

Tacky Takata crash-bag recall spreads to three SA Mazda models

Takata crash-bag scandal blows up again 19 000 units possibly affected in SA Contact details at end of this feature PRETORIA, South Africa – Automaker Mazda South Africa is recalling as many as 19 000 vehicles across three model ranges as the now years-old Takata crash-bags scandal continues. Models affected this time are from the Mazda2, Mazda6 and Mazda RX-8…

Don’t die in the dark – be savvy when night-driving

Meeting the dangers of night-driving Watch out for those modern headlights Don’t play chicken with headlights DRIVING AT NIGHT is dangerous. About 56%of crashes occur between 6pm and 6am according to statistics from the South African Road Transport Management Corporation so the SA Automobile Association has some advice. Given the number of vehicles on the road…

Should 10-year-olds be taught to drive the family car?

Longer period of training, better driver One way to halve the six months ‘peril window’ Lessons learned better, brain pre-programmed LONDON, England – An enormous proportion – about 57%  – of Britons believe their driving is worse now than when they first passed their test and threw away their L-plates. Research from Young Driver, the UK’s largest…

Perils of parking: Use these tips to stay safe in the city

Read the road signs, avoid a fine Dodge those dodgy dark places Use your local city knowledge FINDING a parking slot can be so absorbing that drivers sometimes forget to have a serious look at the area or place in which they have chosen to leave thousands of rands-worth of automobile. Sometimes, says UK road…

What will happen if breath test goes to zero?

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Have you considered the implications of a ZERO level of alcohol in your system while driving? Will this proposed change affect you? South African road safety and training organisation Masterdrive has some comments – as indeed does Carman’s Corner… Driving a vehicle, Masterdrive says, implies the acceptance of a number of…

AA launches SA national pedestrian visibility campaign

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The Automobile Association in South Africa, in collaboration with the International Automobile Federation, Ford and Michelin, has launched a road-safety campaign dubbed the #ISeeYou campaign and focused on pedestrian visibility. FIA funding was made possible through its road-safety grant programme, an international road-safety initiative charged with reducing road deaths around the world….

What will zero alcohol do to you?

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Have you considered the implications of a ZERO level of alcohol in your system while driving? Will this proposed change affect you? South African road safety and training organisation Masterdrive has some comments – as indeed does Carman’s Corner… “Driving a vehicle,” Masterdrive says, “mplies the acceptance of a number of…

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…