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Staying safe while driving/commuting at night

At some point we all have to drive in the dark, whether it’s commuting to work during the darker winter mornings, leaving early on a road trip, or driving home at night from a social engagement. For some people, driving at night makes them feel less confident. Driving at night is more dangerous than driving in the day. Depth perception, the ability to distinguish colour, and peripheral vision,...

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Why you shouldn’t drive in high heels

Why You Shouldn’t Drive in Heels In South Africa, driving in heels is not against the law, but that doesn’t mean you should strap on your expensive high heels and get behind the wheel. Why? Because your shoes affect your driving ability and your heels, no matter how glamorous, are possibly the worst choice for driving. How do shoes affect your driving ability? When you're driving, your feet and...

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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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Car tyre safety remains a problem in SA

Car tyre safety remains a massive problem that, if addressed effectively, can play a significant role in reducing the carnage on South African roads. At a recent event the AA held a car tyre safety demonstration at the Gerotek Test Facilities west of Pretoria, which highlighted the dangers of driving with worn or damaged tyres. The tyre safety demonstration highlighted the need for better...

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Long distance driving tips

With so many spectacular long-distance holiday destinations in South Africa, staying safe on the road is essential for you and your family. A ‘long distance’ trip is generally a trip of 300 km or more, or longer than three hours. Here are ten long distance driving tips that will help you this holiday season. Tips: 1. Plan ahead Know where you are going. This will ensure your drive is relaxing...

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8 tips for taking better travel photos

When we're travelling, it's often the pictures we take that help us to capture and share our experiences. They tell a story and preserve a memory. The better the photos, the more they communicate. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your camera; whether it's a DSLR, a cell phone or something in between. Tip 1: Take control of the camera Learn how your camera works before your...

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Human Rights for children

Human Rights tomorrow marks an important event in our country’s history: the uprising in Sharpeville in 1969. Almost 50 years on we still value the ideals of that day, universal human rights for all in our country. As part of that we must be reminded that every South African, including children, have inalienable rights which we, as adults, must observe. And, these rights extend to when they are...

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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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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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Decrease in fatalities welcome – but more needs to be done

The small decrease in the number of fatalities on South African roads between the December 2022 and January 2023 festive period and the 2023/2024 period is commendable and signals a slight improvement in road safety efforts by authorities. However, the Automobile Association (AA) remains concerned that the deaths of 1427 road users during the festive period is still too high, and that more needs to be done to effectively deal with road safety in South Africa. Transport Minister Sindisiwe...

2024 to start on positive fuel note for consumers

Despite the volatile Rand and concerns around shipping routes in the Red Sea, local fuel prices are still expected to decrease when they are adjusted by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy next Wednesday. Commenting on unaudited data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF), the Automobile Association (AA) says the numbers are still pointing to reductions to fuel prices across the board.   According to the CEF’s figures, ULP95 petrol is expected to be lower by around 54cents a litre while...

Good fuel news for motorists to start 2024

South African motorists can expect significant fuel price reductions to kick-off 2024 says the Automobile Association (AA). Commenting on unaudited data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF), the AA says both grades of petrol, diesel, and illuminating paraffin prices are showing substantial decreases that will ease the financial pressure on consumers in January. “According to the data, ULP93 will decrease by around 68 cents/litre, and ULP95 will decrease by 82c/l. Diesel is set to decrease...