It’s hijack season: It happens – prepare yourself and family

Don’t be a Christmas road-crime victim Teach your children what to do if threatened Tips to use for parking garage safety Previous research conducted over the festive season shows a clear spike in crime during December, including hijacking. The reason for this can only be assumed but you can to try protect yourself and your…

Keyless-entry car? So you think that’s safe…

Play safe with keyless vehicle locks There’s nothing like expert advice Know your fobs: Smart or not? LONDON, England – UK vehicle security company Thatcham has compiled advice to help prevent the theft of vehicles with keyless entry. Does that include YOU? Are you about to buy such a vehicle? Carman’s Corner suggests you read…

Software updates vital to avoid theft-by-hacking

LONDON, England – Motorists vehicle owners in the UK are being advised to keep their vehicle(s) software up-to-date with manufacturers’ recalls to protect themselves from the rising trend of key-code hacking. The advice comes from vehicle data company HPI comes, the organisation says, as recent reports show that keyless entry has allowed an increase in…

Cyber protection: What about your local garage?

UK research highlights car cyber attacks Regulation needed for automakers, techies Survey shows huge ignorance on cyber theft LONDON, England – The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has welcomed government guidelines to reduce the hacking risk of internet-connected cars but urges focus on the technicians that work on the vehicles, too. The same type…

New high-tech car-theft warning issued

LONDON, England – As the UK’s September registration plate change looms a reminder is served that more cars are stolen without keys as criminals exploit weaknesses in security technology Today’s car criminals are far more likely to be computer-savvy than be able to hot-wire a car warns vehicle security company Tracker. “Recent reports in the…

Vehicle servicing? Watch out, there are hackers about!

LONDON, England – The UK’s Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has already welcomed UK government guidelines to protect internet-connected from hackers – but is now urging a focus on the technicians who service such vehicles. It’s perhaps something the SA auto industry should also be investigating. Following the announcement earlier this week (Aug 8-12…

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…

Seven top tips to driving-with-baby heaven

THE SCHOOL run isn’t always the calmest of experiences but having your youngsters properly secured in the car’s back will take at least one stress off your mind. Take to heart these tips on driving with children,  from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman… Know the law on car seats. All children…

Takata strikes again: Thousands of SA Pajeros recalled

SA included in global recall effort Nearly 7500 units may be affected Go to the Mitsubishi SA website for details PRETORIA, South Africa – Mitsubishi Motors SA has issued a preventative recall on 7449 Pajeros in South Africa for a safety inspection and replacement of the driver’s-side crash bag. Mitsubishi is one of several vehicle manufacturers…

What YOU can do to protect cyclists, bikers(V)

AMSTERDAM, Holland – You’ve probably heard of a Dutch cap, going Dutch, and all about the little boy who stuck a finger in a dyke… but the Dutch Reach? It’s the name of a simple manoeuvre that, if widely adopted by vehicle users, could save prevent serious injury to powered and self-powered cyclists and, The…

Increasing car-theft: the key causes

By EUGENE HERBERT Group MD, RAC Group JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Having recently spent several days driving in the US and witnessed the rather relaxed and carefree approach people have toward driving, it came as no surprise that they have “problems”… as highlighted hereinafter.. No South African driver would dream of leaving keys in the vehicle…