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Which items would you like to have in your car if you get stranded in a roadside emergency?

Items to keep in your car: -Owner’s manual: This should naturally be in your glove compartment anyway, but you want to make sure that it is indeed in your car. The owner’s manual provides a ton of useful information that can get you back on the road, such as detailed images of how to change…

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Is it legal to have roof lights on armed response cars of private security companies?

Question: Our armed response company has roof lights that lens bar or lamps emit an intermittently-flashing diffused white light. We however have certain traffic officials that claim this is illegal. We have been to the metro offices and are advised that their is nothing wrong. Our problem is however that my officers are continually harassed…

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What is the law on stopping distance from the vehicle in front at the Stop Street or Traffic Light?

Question:  “I would like to know what the law is regarding a safe stopping distance at a stop sign if I stop behind another car at a stop sign or robot.” Answer: There is no law or rule in regard to actual measurable distance. The K53 defensive driving standard requires that you maintain a clear…

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Ctrack Technology scrutinised at Gerotek test day and media event

Gerotek South Africa has a steadfast reputation as one of the best independent, objective consultation test facilities in the world.   This multi-disciplinary organisation based near Hartebeespoort dam set the scene for Ctrack’s field test day for its latest telematics product testing on 25 April 2013. Under test were three categories of vehicles: small family car,…

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Augmented Reality through Google Coloured Glasses

Augmented Reality (AR) can be traced as far back as 1957 with the invention of Morton Helig’s Sensorama. During the decades that followed, AR was used in Manufacturing and Engineering, as well as the Airforce and broadened its horizons into the arts, in a production called Dancing in Cyberspace by Julie Martin. That was 1994,…

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Top Gear Festival leaves a Legacy with an F1 in Schools initiative

Top Gear Festival endeavors to give back to the community in South Africa and has launched a number of initiatives to help students get into motoring and engineering. In 2013, a new partnership with F1 in Schools promises to build upon the success of last year’s work. Scientists, researchers, and engineers are all the backbone…

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BMW recalls 6000 of its E46 cars in South Africa for airbag problem

BMW is recalling about 6000 of its E46 cars in South Africa because of an airbag problem that prompted five other major automakers to recall a total of 3.4-million vehicles. The affected vehicles were made during 2002/03. A BMW SA spokesperson said customers would be contacted within the next month as a precautionary measure. ‘SUPER…

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Poor driving at Traffic Circles keeping residents awake at night!

South Africans – or most of them – are not very good at driving at traffic circles and roundabouts! This will be confirmed in many conversations and on many social media platforms! Earlier today the Arrive Alive website received the following message in an email: The traffic circle situated at the corner of Hertz &…

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More selling days boost April vehicle sales in South Africa

Sales increase by 8 312 units in April More selling days boosted by higher daily sales rate Exports continue to increase Market segment April 2012 April 2013 % change Passenger vehicles 29 516 34 346 +16.4% Light commercial vehicles 11 007 14 045 +27.6% Medium commercial vehicles 731 904 +23.7% Heavy commercial vehicles 364 403…

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Sydney Soundy – Head of Standard Bank Vehicle Asset Finance reveals and comments on vehicle sales numbers for May

Sales Performance Summary – Total by Market Segment (NAAMSA flash includes Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland & Botswana): General Comments on April 2013 NAAMSA sales:   Year on Year (April 2012 versus April 2013) sales increased by 19.5%, equating to 8,312 vehicles compared to the same time last year. Importantly the average sales per day April 2013…

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