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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What are the Rules when carrying passengers in a closed truck and a bakkie?

Question: Please can you assist with the Rules when carrying passengers in a closed truck and a bakkie? Answer: National Road Traffic Act Regulations 247 and 251 are relevant. Circumstances under which persons may be carried on goods vehicle Reg 247. No person shall operate on a public road a goods vehicle conveying persons unless…

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Would this advertisement cause you to stop drinking?

If you were around in 1919 and came upon the following poster… I mean, seriously … wouldn’t you just keep drinking? Also view: Insured vehicle owners need a reality check about drunk driving Do not mix energy drinks and alcohol before driving Drunk driving could sharply increase your car insurance premium! Will my car insurance…

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What should I do when confronted with road rage?

Some wise person once said that “Conflict can only continue to exist through participation”. The same might apply in our answer to the above question. We often discuss the topic of avoiding road rage but neglect to pay attention what needs to be done when another enraged motorist is already confronting us. We have added…

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Reporting an accident…focus on vehicle and driver identification

We have discussed in 2 previous posts the basics pertaining to Reporting an accident and important aspects that the driver need to be aware of when he completes the Accident Report. View these blog posts at: Easy Steps and Guide to Reporting an Accident [Part1] Easy Steps and Guide to Reporting an Accident [Part2]. The…

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