Subsidy for greener vehicles helps Toyota Prius break Japan sales record

Toyota’s Prius hybrid has broken the Japanese sales record for a single car model in 2010, helped by a popular government subsidy for green vehicles, an industry group said on Tuesday. The world’s biggest car manufacturer sold 315669 units of the Prius in Japan last year, up by 51.1% from the previous year, according to…

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Road rage threatens more than your car! Road rage Kills!!

The Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design created a Public Service Announcement in Support of Arrive Alive. In this endeavour they have portrayed the very important message that “Road Rage Does Kill!” We would like to share this message and a few suggestions on how to avoid road rage: 10 POINT PLAN TO AVOID…

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Video captures scene as vehicles are swept away by floods in Australia

A friend on Facebook shared a link to vehicles being swept away by floods in Australia!! Our hearts go out to the owners of these vehicles – and the car insurance companies who have to cover much of the damage from flooding in Australia!! We would like to urge motorists to view the following sections…

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Is your bike sufficiently protected with motorbike insurance?

On the Arrive Alive website we have shared safety advice on safe motorbike riding. We advise young bikers to improve their skills with the bike on the track and pleaded for greater safety awareness. We have urged them to wear protective gear all the time and also shared advice on riding pillion! But what about…

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Why is making a U-turn so dangerous?

In earlier posts on the Road Safety Blog I made special mention to U-turns. I will always remember that my last conversation with my late father dealt with his concerns regarding the U-turns made in Oudtshoorn. Since then I have paid special attention to these risks and have heard and read many reports where U-turns…

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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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