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From advice on planning a road trip to how to keep your tyres in top condition, read our latest articles for motoring news, insights, tips, etc.

Check you have the right attitude for the road this Easter

The Easter school holidays this year begin on 28 March, which means roads across the country will be much busier during this period as thousands of people embark on holidays. An increase in traffic volumes almost always sees an increase in fatalities on the country’s roads, and motorists are urged to be vigilant while driving. More than 1700 people died on South African roads over the 2016/2017...

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Is your vehicle’s number plate legal?

How do you know if the number plates on your vehicle, motorcycle, trailer or caravan are legal? Here is our quick guide. Size There are only three legal number plate sizes and each must be embossed with alphanumerics of a specific size. 520 mm x 113 mm – embossed with 75 mm high alphanumerics 250 mm x 205 mm – embossed with 75 mm high alphanumerics 250 mm x 165 mm – embossed with 60 mm high...

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Winter is coming! Here’s how to prepare your car for the cold

Temperatures are dropping across South Africa, signalling that winter is on its way. While most people will ensure they are protected from the cold, they forget about their vehicles. These valuable assets also need some care against the elements at this time of year. To get your vehicle in winter-ready shape, we’ve put together some car maintenance tips to keep you safe and moving on the roads,...

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Classification of Motor Vehicles

Class 1 - Light vehicles: Light vehicles are motor vehicles, other than heavy vehicles as defined below, with or without a trailer, and include motorcycles, motor tricycles and motor cars. Class 2 - Medium heavy vehicles: Medium heavy vehicles are heavy vehicles, as defined below, with two axles. Class 3 - Large heavy vehicles: Large heavy vehicles are heavy vehicles,...

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Safe driving over the holidays

The holidays are approaching, and the country's roads are expected to get busier. Motorists need to be extra vigilant and cautious when driving during the holidays because the increase in traffic also, unfortunately, increases the potential risks of crashes. We've compiled some guidelines to help you and your family stay safe as well as ensure the safety of other travel companions and other road...

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How the SA Car Of The Year competition is judged

Choosing the South African Car of the Year (COTY) is a long and intricate, but often misunderstood, process. Indeed, there are many local organisations, websites and publications that run their own Car of the Year competitions, rewarding anything from affordability to popularity. In addition, these competitions are split up in so many categories that there is a winner in almost every market...

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South Africa’s top romantic getaways

Paternoster and the Cape West Coast: seaside romance South Africa’s western coastline is dotted with scenic beaches and small towns, with Paternoster amongst the oldest and the most picturesque. Just 145 kilometres from Cape Town, it offers visitors a vision of an alternative life; simpler, prettier and in harmony with the sea. You’ll discover beaches made for strolling along and plenty of...

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Motorcycle safety tips for beginners

Despite all the stories in the news about horror crashes, motorcycle popularity is on this rise as more and more people recognise their cost-effectiveness and convenience. The truth is, motorcycle riders face great risks when riding. Here are some helpful tips for motorcyclists to commute safely. Common causes of motorcycle crashes According to the Motorcycle safety Institute of South Africa,...

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Driving Abroad

Ignorance is not an excuse for not following road laws, and being a foreign driver will not give you a 'get out of jail free' card. Almost every country has its own unique set of regulations, so do some research before heading off. This should prevent any unpleasant encounters with the traffic police and could make the difference between a disaster and a hassle-free trip. First Things First:...

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FIA Guide for the Disabled Traveller

To mark this year’s UN International Day for Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2011, the FIA is launching a major update of its online guide for disabled travellers so that it is now also accessible in French, German and Italian. Click here to access the FIA Guide for the Disable Traveller. “The FIA’s guiding principle is to ensure safe, affordable and clean mobility for all. Our...

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Stretching your Rand when Touring Europe

You can make your Rand go further when travelling overseas, despite the current economic climate and exchange rate. By travelling smart, you can turn that dream overseas trip into a safe, smooth and affordable reality. Following these simple tips could make your Rand go that much further. Use ATMs rather than travellers cheques You will get your cash cheaper and faster using an ATM. Just keep in...

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About the Bag

Here are a few things to consider before buying a bag. Begin by evaluating how often you travel, the type of destinations you visit as well as the mode of transport you use. The answer to these should impact your choice. Branding Is being branded a good idea? Well-known expensive bag brands are international signs and may increase your chances of being robbed - leading others to assume you have...

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Travel Light

Travelling light not only saves you time, it can save you money and energy too. When travelling, we tend to over-pack and often end up taking two or more suitcases with us. With many airlines now enforcing the "one suitcase" policy, another bag can force you to pay additional fees, adding unnecessary expenses to your journey. By packing light, you not only save money, you also energy -...

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TSA Approved Locks

Planning a trip? Make sure that you're familiar with the lock requirements of the country you intend to visit. If you plan on travelling to the US, make sure your luggage locks are TSA-approved. TSA-compliant locks are now mandatory in the US. The US's Transport Security Administration (created in response to the 9/11 attacks) is responsible for screening all airline luggage passing through the...

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Ten golden rules for road safety

Returning from holiday after a long break can be quite stressful for many drivers who have to begin renegotiating heavy morning and afternoon traffic again. At this time of the year it’s always a good idea to familiarise yourself with some basic road rules that keep you and your family safe on the road. A good starting point are the ten Golden Rules ffor road safety published by the...

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A pre-trip vehicle inspection made easy

Anyone who took the K53 driver’s licence test will also recall the tedious 30-point exterior and 8-point interior pre-trip vehicle inspection. This includes checking everything from the exterior mirrors and windscreen to the number plate, indicator lenses and seat belts. The day you passed the test was probably the last time you did such a thorough check of your car but all drivers should in...

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Get a car seat for your child – it’s the law

In July 2015 a law was introduced which requires passengers in a vehicle who are younger than three years of age to be in a child seat. Unfortunately, little has changed in the way many people transport children, with compliance among drivers apparently still very low. People who drive with children in their car who are not buckled up, or in child restraint seats, are risking the lives of these...

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Happy and safe driving in 2018!

With the holiday season over, road users should always remember the importance of driving a roadworthy vehicle. It is both dangerous and illegal to drive on a damaged tyre, or a tyre that has been fitted to the rim incorrectly, as these could pose danger to other road users. In terms of the law, the tread on tyres must be at least one mm deep across the tyre’s entire width over the full...

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South Africa’s road safety crisis: what is the answer?

While the official road fatality statistics for 2017 have not yet been released, the figures for the festive period from 1 December 2017 to 15 January 2018 have been made public. These show that 1676 people died on South African roads during the holidays. And, while this number is lower than the 1714 the previous year, it is still an unacceptable high number of people who have died on our roads....

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What safety features should you look for in a car?

It’s a new year and many school leavers will be going to tertiary institutions. Graduates are also starting their working careers. As a result, parents and young people will be looking to buy a first car. While aspects such as looks, specification levels and fuel consumption will undoubtedly play a role in the choice of vehicle, safety features should also be a key consideration. In 2016, the AA...

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Consider your Fellow Drivers – Indicate

With the advancement of technology and infrastructure, our lives have become far more fast-paced over the years. Our time is precious and we do not want to spend all this time travelling when we could be spending it with our family and loved ones. Consideration for other road users often comes second to our desire to reach our destinations. A good driver should not only be able to drive well,...

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