How much of your vehicle expenses go towards fuel? Interesting infographic on petrol prices in SA

The Arrive Alive website received an interesting email from DirectAxis relating to transportation costs and fuel. We would like to quote: “We noticed that you’ve been writing about the petrol price hike and thought you might be interested in the following infographic that illustrates the various elements that contribute towards the cost of a litre…

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Crash stats in National Parks down with tyre and vehicle safety training by Bridgestone

Comprehensive tyre and vehicle safety training has slashed the rates of disabling injuries due to vehicle crashes involving employees of the South African National Parks Biodiversity Social Projects (BSP). Disabling injuries have dropped significantly since the 2011 rate according to Bridgestone Training Manager, Mickey Von Maltitz. “SANParks approached Bridgestone for help in managing their vehicle…

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Chrysler recalls 490,000 vehicles to fix a glitch on automatic head restraints.

Chrysler announced on Wednesday it was recalling about 490,000 cars and sport-utility vehicles worldwide to fix a glitch on automatic head restraints. The US automaker said there were potentially faulty microcontrollers installed in certain vehicles that may prevent head restraints from automatically moving forward during some kinds of rear-impact collisions. The recall affects 2011-2013 Chrysler…

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Avoid accidents and confrontations at 4-Way stops with knowledge of the Rules of the Road

Question: Good day I quite often turn to you for all sorts of advice and information. When I was taught to drive I was told that one should never turn in front of oncoming traffic, which makes sense and is (almost) always applied at traffic lights by most drivers. But this seems to break down…

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SA Insurance Association raises concerns about prohibition on using parts from vehicles that are declared unfit for use

Insurance Industry and its customers to be negatively affected by the proposed change regarding the use of second hand vehicle parts “The proposed regulation that the parts of a Code 4 vehicle may not be used to build or repair other motor vehicles, will have severe unintended consequences to both the insurance industry and its…

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You need to display the vehicle licence disc itself, not the document on which it was printed!

Question: My licence disc was cut out of the paper invoice that the new disc came on. My son is young and tends to do these things. Now I have the paper invoice on my dashboard but the round disc has gone missing. Is this legal or will I get a fine? Answer: Unfortunately, you…

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Toyota Racing Earns Le Mans Podium

Toyota Racing achieved an emotional runners-up finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours after a rollercoaster race which saw drivers and team overcome immense challenges. The #8 TS030 HYBRID of Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin finished second while the #7 of Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima completed a satisfying week for…

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What vehicles can be driven with which licence?

Question: I would like to have some clarity on the difference between a Code B Driver’s Licence and a EB Driver’s Licence. Is it correct that the basic “B” license only allows a motorist to tow a light luggage trailer weighing less than 750 kilograms (fully laden), but if you want to tow a caravan or braked…

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