Uniquely South African traffic fine!!

Are Traffic Officers sometimes distracted? Guess so – As this could be the only reason for issuing a traffic fine such as the one above!! The offence written down reads “Drove Motor Vehicle while Driving” We would like to urge all road users to pay close attention to the road and avoid distractions!! Avoiding Distractions…

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Do not risk leaving your car unattended at filling stations!!

The Arrive Alive website received an email earlier today from a concerned citizen who suffered loss when leaving her vehicle unattended at a filling station in Middelburg. We could the contact details to chat to the person who emailed us and to ensure that this is indeed a valid complaint. We would like to share…

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May I drive scrambler bikes on normal urban roads and on highways?

Question: Is one permitted to drive scrambler bikes on normal urban roads and on highways? With the relevant license of course. Please advise. Answer: If the vehicle has a licence that permits it to be used on public roads, then it can be ridden on public roads. This would include urban roads, provided the vehicle…

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Why do I pay more for car insurance in Johannesburg than elsewhere in South Africa?

We have discussed on the Car Insurance Blog the factors contributing to the cost of car insurance premiums. These include driver characteristics, vehicle characteristics, purpose of use and usage, area where the vehicle is to be driven etc. But why is the area important? Car insurance premiums are paid to cover the risk of vehicle…

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How can Average Speed Calculation reduce accidents?

It cannot be denied that excessive speed is contributing to many accidents and car insurance claims. Many motorists are unfortunately more concerned about being caught than the threats they are creating for safe driving! Many motorists try to “spot” traffic officials doing speed enforcement and then increase their speed to where they believe the next…

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Fuel consumption standards to drive down weight of vehicles in the US

Automakers in the US are now in a race against time in reducing the weight of vehicles to meet new US standards on fuel economy. The new mandates will take effect in 2016, giving automakers such as Ford and General Motors just one design cycle to make significant changes that will require costly steel substitutes…

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Chrysler recalls 150,000 trucks and SUVs

Chrysler recalled nearly 150 000 trucks and SUVs on Thursday to address problems including steering, air bag issues and the potential for trucks to stall. Chrysler Group LLC is conducting three separate recalls to fix the problems, which were posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. The first recall covers about 22 000…

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Motorists should THINK before they overtake!!

Unsafe or illegal overtaking is contributing to many fatal road crashes. Every time we read a report in the media about a head-on collision, we ask the question – but why were these vehicles in the same lane? Except for the few occasions where a person might have lost control or where he swerved to…

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