Avoid unnecessary accident claims from potholes this rainy season

We can never avoid all the potholes on our path – but safe driving techniques may help us to avoid some! Poor road maintenance, and most often the lack of maintenance have left many rural roads looking like a minefield – presenting additional risks to drivers. CSIR reveals magnitude of pothole damage The Council for…

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Passenger car and commercial vehicle sales accelerated further in November

Total vehicle sales, reported by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), have increased by 2.2% m/m in November, following a 6.6% m/m rise in October. Total vehicle sales growth was up 27.4% y/y, from 18.2% y/y in October. Total car sales growth (including sales from Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) and Amalgamated…

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Can you be arrested for flashing lights warning other motorists of speed traps?

The charges of “defeating or obstructing the course of justice” has been discussed in several forums lately – mostly with reference to a Twitter user called @PigSpotter and tweets relating to speed enforcement and road blocks. I do not wish to discuss the @Pigspotter scenario in detail – but rather focus on one specific aspect…

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What does the law say about private property traffic management

We often receive questions pertaining to traffic enforcement within large estates and gated communities. We would like to share one of thes requests for assistance: Question: “We have a large site at the CSIR and a general speed limit of 40km an hour due to fauna that we have on site (buck; dassies; rabbits etc).…

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Let us not neglect the link between Aids, Driver Fitness and Car Insurance Claims

On World Aids Day it is important that we consider the impact of Aids across different spheres of society – and our health and financial well-being are most definitely some of these! Even though an ill person, fatigued person, a person with diabetes and a person with Aids are not prevented from driving – they…

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Successful completion of SAICB/SAPS Project in KZN

In a joint initiative with the South African Police (SAP) and the short term insurance industry through the South African Insurance Crime Bureau (SAICB), a pilot project was instituted to address concerns raised over the high percentage of stolen and recovered vehicles in the custody of the SAP in the Kwazulu Natal Province. It was…

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A hail storm to make even the best car insurance company cry!!

Recent hail storms in the Free State have focused the attention on car insurance claims after hail damage! Forces of nature are unpredictable – and not having the correct cover could destroy the financial well being of property owners! A regular visitor to the Arrive Alive website sent an email with a video clip of…

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What do I need not know about the Reporting of bad drivers?

Our ability to report bad drivers is one of the tools we can use to enhance driver responsibility and reduce the accidents on our roads. We would like to share some info on the Reporting of bad drivers, having received an email from a visitor to the Arrive Alive website  – and a subsequent response…

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Can my car insurer cancel my policy if I claim too often?

The accident and claims record of high profile politician Tony Yengeni have made headlines this past weekend. I had the privilege of sharing a conversation with Tony earlier this year – and our conversation focused more on road safety than car insurance. It is however important to reflect on the data referred to in a…

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