Easter travel: Check busy times for a safe holiday drive

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Easter is a dangerous time – assuming you’re out on the road with the family for the day or going away on holiday: indeed, over Easter 2018,  road fatalities increased by 14% over the previous year. So, take a few minutes to heed some expert advice before you head out with a…

Still to head for coast or park? Take five to read this…

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The Easter school holidays are already upon us and many families are heading back and forth across and up and down South Africa so The Corner would like to pass on these six suggestions for safer journeying. Work… …it’s what’s needed to reach your destination – and, of course, for the return…

Aarto Bill: Is the ANC just looking to top up its piggy bank?

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The Automobile Association in South Africa believes that, in its current form, the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill is cause for concern. The AA believes the Bill is slanted more towards revenue collection – money for the government – than on improving road safety through the threat of serious…

Comment: The killer culture of disobeying road laws

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Three teenagers were killed and another seriously injured in kwaZulu-Natal when a taxi driver ran a red light and mowed them down as they crossed the road. The local people reported that taxis were often driven recklessly in the area; unfortunately that’s true in many parts of South Africa – a national…

Here’s a lesson for South Africa about criminal road users

LONDON, England – British Road-safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has asked courts across Britain to get tough on drivers and riders who accumulate 12 penalty points on their licences. The call came as a further example emerged of a driver who successfully invoked the ”exceptional hardship” excuse to persuade magistrates that he should…

Riding in rain is a pain – so read these tips to stay upright

Be an upright citizen – ride smart in the rain Check these hazards – they’re lurking out there Mostly commonsense – but we can all learn JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Parts of South Africa have had lots of rain recently and that makes commuting uncomfortable – especially for motor-cycle and bicycle riders MasterDrive SA’s training director…

Touch of rain? Remember to give the truckers a break…

Give truckers  break – they’re bigger than you Some simple suggestions for driving in rain Mostly, it’s just commonsense and good manners JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Driving in front of or even behind an articulated or other large truck can suddenly become a perilous pastime on South Africa’s roads – especially during a Highveld thunderstorm. So,…

Traffic fines: You’ll be deemed guilty – no recourse to a court allowed

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Vehicle owners in South Africa could soon be forced to pay traffic fines and even see their driving licence tagged or revoked WITHOUT ANY RECOURSE TO A COURT but simply on the ”evidence” of (possibly deficient or irregularly set up) speed-trapping equipment. Or possibly corrupt traffic officers – both local…

School’s back – but are YOU playing safe on the school run?

New drivers, harassed parents, be careful Some simple guidelines for the school run …and commuters should take care, too JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – More new schools, growing number of pupils… each year the congestion increases and with it the chances of a painful, possibly lethal, confrontation. Many new road-users, recently qualified as best our traffic departments…

What to do if YOU’RE the target of a vehicle hijack

What to do if faced with a car hijacker Target could be you, your car, or your cash Get used to these simple-to-do precautions DURBAN, South Africa – Recently, according to MasterDrive, vehicle hijacking has spiked in this coastal city – along with an increase in the number of people kidnapped when their vehicle is hijacked….

World-first secondary crash bags on way from Kia

Protection coming for a second impact Happens in 30% of all road collisions Kia on the ball chasing fewer impact injuries SEOUL, South Korea – Future Kia road vehicles will have double crash-bag technology to improve protection of humans in a multi-impacy collision. Automaker Kia, part of the Hyundai organisation, intends to improve crash-bag performance…

InspectaCar driving collection of used kiddieseats – got one?

Join the drive! Used-vehicle dealer seeking kiddie-seats Yours outgrown their juvenile restraints? Pass it on Condition immaterial – Inspectacar will have refurbished JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Research by the American Automobile Association (AAA) has shown using car-seat restraints and special five-strapped mini-seats for children are best to prevent serious injury or even death. Peggie Mars, founder…