Does Car Insurance cover engine fire?

Yesterday, the day after Christmas, I travelled from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn and saw in the distance thick white smoke with traffic coming to a near standstill. On approaching the cause of the congested traffic my heart went out to a gentleman standing next to a vehicle that suffered severe damage from engine fire! I…

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Beijing limits vehicle registrations to reduce traffic congestion and pollution

On the 23rd of December we posted a story on the Road Safety Blog titled Vehicle navigation and car insurance can reduce both travel time and CO2 emissions. This post focused on the need to reduce CO2 emissions – and how vehicle navigation and insurance can help to reduce these CO2 emissions. I have come…

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Vehicle checks reveal alarming number of non roadworthy vehicles

Vehicle checks across South Africa have revealed that there are alarming numbers of vehicles on our roads that do not meet the requirements of roadworthiness! Information revealed on the 22nd of December: Almost four million vehicles and drivers have been stopped and checked, and more than 1.5 million fines issued for various traffic offences across…

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Protect lives by driving safely near the scene of an accident

Earlier this month 2 paramedics attending the scene of an accident were added to the long list of December road fatalities.It is especially sad when those who try to save lives are themselves threatened by irresponsible driving behaviour of motorists near accident scenes! The first hour after an accident is known as the Golden Hour…

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Texting while driving hurting the car insurance industry

Texting while driving contributes to many car crashes and car insurance claims. Unfortunately for the car insurance industry the truth will seldom be revealed as the drivers of these vehicles are unlikely to admit that they were texting at the time of the accident! Survey results from the US The US Insurance Research Council did…

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Car insurance might not cover accidents with smooth tyres on your car!

You can bet on it that your car insurance company will investigate whether the smooth tyres on your car caused the accident that lead to your insurance claim. This will most likely be the case where there appears to be no other contributing factors to the accident and you merely slid off the road at…

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Overloading your vehicle will increase accident risk

During December we find that many drivers are placing their safety at risk by overloading their vehicles. Many of them are towing trailers, caravans or loading equipment in ever available bit of open space. Overloading vehicles do not only increase the pressure on the suspension and other vehicle components -but makes it much more difficult…

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Driving with lights on can reduce car insurance claims

Every festive season we pay attention to the usual safety messages such as Don’t drink and drive, don’t speed, buckle up etc. We would like to include amongst these the message to drive with lights on – you will be more visible, more likely to be seen and this might reduce the risk of being…

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Rights of the motorist with regards to roadblocks and arrest

Motorists Rights & Responsibilities in Roadblocks plus the status of AARTO and the points-demerit system Following repeated requests for clarification arising from the receipt of emails with or without attachments containing various pieces of extremely alarmist and factually inaccurate information, Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) wishes to set the record straight so that members of…

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Are your passengers and pets well restrained inside the vehicle?

To buckle-up is only one small aspect of the responsibility of the driver. He is also responsible to insured that all passengers are wearing their seatbelts, not only the passengers at the front but also the passengers at the back. We need to emphasize that passengers, pets and baggage must be well retrained at the…

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