Frustrated about Potholes? Safe Driving Tips to Avoid Potholes
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The Festive Season - Christmas and New Years - brings in a considerable increase of new and second hand cars on the road each year. The streets are busier and drivers are more distracted than ever by their to-do lists…
Distracted driving has been driving uphill at since the beginning of the first automobile. Back then, it was the thrill of the speed. Today, cyber-obsessed teens can legally start driving from as early as age 16-years with a motorbike license and 18-years with a motor vehicle license. This, essentially, means that reckless driving has grown into an epidemic on South Africa.
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It is said that seeing is believing, but how do we create a realistic act to showcase the proper functioning of a car brand’s new advanced safety feature?
After being snubbed with late nights of work, partying and long road trips, it’s finally time to pay homage to your place of residence - only to find yourself behind a car wheel, ill-fated with a sleeping curse triggered by exhaustion.
South Africa’s bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup received a major boost this week: World Rugby officially endorsed South Africa’s bid as the best of the three countries hoping to host rugby’s ultimate showcase. While World Rugby’s backing doesn’t mean that #SA2023 is a done thing, it does make it a lot more likely than it was last week.
So, you’ve decided to trade in car for a new one - maybe your car trade in value seemed worth it at the time. Perhaps you’ve made your very first car buy. Or maybe you’re planning to do one of the above. But, there’s a reason why the metaphor, “timing is everything”, exists; and it’s definitely one to consider in South Africa’s current climate.
It might sound ironic, but the autonomous cars of the future need 'drivers', at least for today.
Disaster can strike at any second. You never know exactly what you’ll need in an emergency, so make sure you’ve got everything you need to get out of a dodgy situation. According to the AA, these are the 20 things you should have in your car at all times.
With the end of the year fast approaching, many South African motorists are turning their attention ahead to the Christmas holidays and the annual family road-trip. Be safe on the roads this December by following a strict pre-trip checklist a week or two out from your trip.
Your palms are sweaty, your knees are weak and your arms are heavy. No, you’re not Eminem: it’s a Saturday night, you were driving home from meeting your friends - and you’ve just been stopped at a roadblock.
Tips for safe driving on the highway
While the autonomous cars and other future automotive technologies will make driving safer for all road users, these advancements are still years off. In the meantime, what can you can do to keep yourself, your car and your loved ones safe on the roads?
There are thousands of incidents reported on South Africa’s roads every day. These incidents come in many forms, including accidents, breakdowns and hijackings, and according to the AA, each needs to be handled in a different way if you want to get out of the situation unscathed. Read on to find the steps you should follow in each of these emergencies.
Mother Nature is a moody lady: one minute the sun can be shining, and the next… the heavens open. Flash floods can put you and the your family in danger. At CarZar, we buy cars but we also care about our customers safety. We've put together a list of road safety tips and tricks for protecting yourself when driving through flooded areas.
Back pain or leg pain while driving your car doesn’t always mean “go to the doctor”. It could just be your sitting or driving posture is incorrect, or you’ve been driving for more than an hour.
Love them or hate them, motorists have an obligation to ensure the safety of other road users they share the tarmac with.
The next thing you know, there’s a truck next to you and even more difficult to stomach, driving on your behind...
Another day, another recall…
Are car makers becoming a drag in the race to a carbon-free, green environment? Well, we’re not the only ones who thinks so...
When 13-year-old Anchen Muller went missing in Cape Town last Friday, her parent expected the worst. Luckily for her parents, Anchen's story had a happy ending… but not all of them do. If you could implant a GPS tracker in your child, would you?
We’ve all been there - you’re on your way to work or coming back from dropping the kids off, when all of a sudden you hear a rattling coming from your car's engine, or Smoke starts billowing out from under the bonnet. You're forced to pull over and... Now what?
You may have heard many fearsome stories about car theft in South Africa, and what’s even scarier is that car theft commonly occurs from the comfort of second hand car owners’ homes.
Every parent’s worst nightmare is that something will harm their children. But what can parents do keep their children safe on South Africa’s dangerous roads?
With extremely cold temperatures expected over many parts of the country this week, drivers should prepare themselves for dangerous conditions.
Have you ever sat in traffic, just staring out the window at the tar and white lines? Ever wondered how they got there?
The advances in the technology powering electric vehicles, and the increasing pressure being placed on governments by the public to move towards renewable, clean energy, has seen a number of countries and large corporations announce their intentions to move away from traditional combustion engines.
We often avoid reading the fine print when taking out vehicle insurance on a new or second hand car - which doesn’t even end up being driven by its owner majority of the time.
We’ve all been there – without warning, a family outing, a late-night trip to the petrol station, or a road trip with friends can go horribly wrong.
The difference between life and death could be a minor 5 km/h difference in speed, more particularly when pedestrians are scrambling across the streets like ants.
We often spend large amounts of driving time on our way to and from work - or otherwise known as every motorist’s worst nightmare, peak time traffic. With driving being globally omnipresent, it is clear that the globe suffers from a deficiency in its health implications.
Whether you’re braving reckless driving, drunk driving, speeding, neglecting to pay speeding fines or bribing a road traffic officer, getting caught by roadside officers - or even by a speeding camera - can increase your chances of getting booted behind bars.
For some drivers, driving is like a 'piece of cake'; however, on a rainy day, it can be a different story…
Before stealing cars, hijackers thoroughly plan what to do and how to do it. For your own safety, you have to stay alert and know how to protect yourself. CarZar find out important information you should know to avoid being hijacked:
Munich - With diesel emissions continuing to smother the City of Berlin, Daimler will be undergoing major roadworthy test - it seems like the German automaker is rebelling against the globes strict health regulations.
Believe it or not, just like any other country, safety in South Africa is high-priority. CarZar has provided you detailed information on how to be safe during your stay.
Whether you’re taking a road trip, visiting your parents for holidays, or even taking a student to school or university, packing a lot into a small space can be a challenge. However, you have to be careful about the consequences of overloading a vehicle.
When it comes to driving, people are aware of road safety signs and rules of the road - including car sign stickers. But for some reason, it seems like the "BOB" sticker, attached on the rear window of cars, sounds a bit foreign to other drivers.
KwaZulu-Natal - ‘Stolen cars’ are making its way to the top of the list within South Africa’s category of major car crimes.
China is reigning as the highest market for electric cars. But, will Germany be next in line? Munich’s car industry is transitioning into a combustion-free region, and Volvo seems to be next in line to remove power out of motion.
Social Media makes life easier to get in touch with your loved ones, however, one has to be careful of becoming a victim of cyber crime. Emails that you receive from friends, or even from your bank may contain malware attachments that have computer viruses, worms, spyware, scareware and other malicious programs.
When it comes to reaching your destination, all you think about is getting there on time as planned, right? And of course, you don’t want to be bored along the way.
Knowing your K53 road and traffic sign rules is an important part of maintaining road safety for yourself, as well as for other drivers.
Johannesburg - The endless cycle of crime rates are just spinning faster, as new crimes are constantly popping - adding to the statistics of the increasing number of crime rates. When will the cycle ever place its gear in reverse?
Has South Africa joined the global car-free movement?
Heavy rain and gale force winds are expected to hit Cape Town for the next 24-hours, and authorities are readying themselves up for the storm. CarZar urges all road users to take extra precaution while traveling.
Major cities around the world are aiming to kick ALL diesel cars out by 2025, and eventually take the car-free plunge to create more pedestrian space and reduce diesel CO2 emissions. Check out if South Africa is on the list!
Peak hour is basically the worst time to be behind the steering wheel, especially if you’re the only one in the car. With mass production in cars and growth in new car sales causing high traffic congestion, South Africa is in desperate need of an evolution around urban mobility.
If you’re en-route to starting a new family - pregnant that is - it’s probably time to adapt to your new life, as well as to the life inside you, by adjusting your driving.
The long weekend is coming up and you’re planning to drive towards your long-awaited good time away from the reality of work, with friends and a few bottles.
CarZar.co.za has partnered up with arrivealive.co.za in order to promote and encourage road safety in South Africa. We also have an amazing prize up for grabs!
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The simple use of a seat belt has been globally proven to be one of the most effective measures in protecting drivers from road accident injury, in the event of a vehicle collision.
“The best safety device you can install in a vehicle is a trained driver,”
Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of road injury within South Africa, especially where pedestrians are concerned. South African road traffic statistics show that more than 450 kids are injured on a daily basis, due to road accidents. With road fatality statistics including over 4,800 of pedestrians, more than 200 were kids. Adopting the correct behavior for road safety from an early age is therefore an important part of a child’s ‘coming of age’ as a road user.
Emergencies are always unanticipated. Road users only realise the importance of a vehicle safety kit once it’s too late.
Too often, reckless drivers have the perception that nothing will happen to them on the road. But, it only takes one other reckless driver to cause complete road pandemonium.
Cape Town - Annually, schools enter their holiday period while families plan holidays to celebrate the religious Easter weekend. But, statistics are showing high rates of carnage, caused by accidents on South African roads.
The creation of public road transportation has played a vital role in contributing to the growth of Modern South Africa. However, the country’s economic growth has led to high statistics of road accidents; not only involving motor vehicles but also pedestrians. But, the Road Accident Fund (RAF) has provided a safety net for situations like these.
Air pollution has and will always be a top concern for eco-environmentalists. As ‘green’ enthusiasts take a stand towards the issue of toxic contributions to the Earth’s atmosphere, countries such as Barcelona are delving into the automotive industry’s carbon release into the environment.
Britain’s diesel industry is rolling downhill with talks of a diesel scrappage scheme.
Having a car doing the driving, sounds like an utopian world for most motor vehicle drivers. But when really digging deep into the idea of autonomous cars, the first thing that comes to mind is, “what if there’s a system failure?”
It all started with ‘a weird noise in the engine’.
It seems like Ford Kuga and Ford EcoSport, are not the only cars making its way back to the assembly hole.
Careless and dangerous driving is increasing rapidly in South Africa…
Demands for eco-friendly, clean energy vehicles are increasing due to the South African economy’s extreme pollutive state causing droughts. South Africa’s fuel industry has therefore placed environmentalist movements’ ‘green economy’ demands, for a sustainable environment, on its list of top priorities.
South Africa’s Department of Transportation are taking major lengths to eliminate treacherous driving.
Speeding camera statistics have illustrated an increase in road traffic violations.
More often, children have been seen not buckled in their seats, standing during the road trip and sitting between a car’s front seats - all of which breaks the road legislation. However, children are careless and are too young to take responsibility for their legal actions. But the driver of vehicle can and should.
Knowing your K53 road and traffic sign rules is an important part of maintaining road safety for yourself, as well as for other drivers.
A 'hit-and-run' is a situation in which an accident occurs, however the driver intentionally leave the scene without supplying the victim without their contact information. For example:
Traffic officers have the right to stop car drivers at any time, as long as they are wearing the uniform. Here, you are obliged to provide all requested details.
Motor vehicles are not the only cause of road traffic accident. Sometimes, pedestrians have their part to play as well.
Car accidents have become one of South Africa’s most common causes of road injury and road death - just because you did not yield when you were supposed to.