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How to escape from your car if you are caught in a flash flood

Saving your life can be as easy as turning your car around when you see water on the road. However, as we have experienced in Gauteng this past week, when the rain comes down in buckets, water levels can rise extremely quickly. Even in relatively shallow water, tyres can act as flotation devices - lifting up even big vehicles and sending them downstream. It can take just 60 cm of moving water to move a vehicle and carry it away - even if you are in an SUV! Despite your best efforts, you could f

Tips For Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrians make up for a lot of the traffic on our roads (believe it or not), especially urban routes. As road users, we all need to start thinking a little more about the safety of those on foot.

4 (comforting) facts about air bags

When it comes to your safety, and that of your loved ones, there should never be any compromise. Reliable car insurance, seatbelts that are in working order and functioning airbags are some of the no-compromise areas in a car Since they were first installed in vehicles back in the 1970s, airbags have become a compulsory safety feature for all motor cars, saving the lives of countless drivers all over the globe. We've taken the time to put together 4 quick facts about airbags: What's popping? A

Be aware - stay alive!

Being aware of your surroundings means that you will always be more prepared to tackle a situation, should an uncomfortable - or even dangerous - one arise. Here are some reminders of how to stay aware: Stay on the lookout for suspicious activities around you. Keep your car locked at all times. Stash all your valuables in the boot or cubbyhole of your car - otherwise you're essentially displaying them to potential criminals. Even a jacket left on your passenger seat poses a temptation. While d

What you need to know to avoid an accident

With the increasing number of drivers and vehicles on the roads, it is inevitable that the number of risks on the road will increase too. Road users are constantly exposed to the possibility of being involved in an accident and although it can happen to anyone and at any time, there are ways in which you can try and avoid it. With the increasing number of drivers and vehicles on the roads, it is inevitable that the number of risks on the road will increase too. Road users are constantly exposed

Safety tips: dealing with a burst tyre

As a driver, you need to be prepared for anything when navigating the roads. Having your tyre burst is one such thing. You may not want to think about it but you do need to know how to handle it should you find yourself stranded on the side of the road. Experiencing a tyre burst could lead to you losing complete control of your car, resulting a potentially fatal accident. You may consider yourself a safe driver and your car a safe traveling tool, however anything can happen and a tyre burst is

Preparing for the stormy season

With spring having settled in, it brings with it soaring temperatures and those all too familiar seasonal thunderstorms. As refreshing as the rain can be, it doesn't come without its dangers. While hail is a particularly notorious problem at this time of year, flash flooding can also be extremely dangerous - mainly for drivers caught on suddenly slippery roads. So, with stormy weather moving in fast, it is vital to prepare yourself for the attack. Here are a few steps you can take to help prepa

7 safety tips for women driving alone

The common question of who is that safest on the roads is one that is always argued over. In most cases, it is posed with driver behaviour in mind and not so much with the consideration of vulnerability of lurking dangers. Various statistics could indicate that women are safer on the road as they are less likely to be in road accidents, however they are more susceptible to be preyed on - especially when driving alone. With all these hazards on the road - carjacking, abductions, preying criminal

Multitasking: not something to do behind the wheel

Women are known for having strong multitasking abilities. However, while multitasking can save time, it can sometimes lead to mistakes, especially when done behind the wheel. Not only is this dangerous, it could also be fatal. Think about it - how often have you found yourself texting on the way to the next play date, eating, rubbernecking, applying make-up, fixing the kids' hair or fishing for things at the bottom of your purse while driving? Not being totally focused on the road and drivers

Motorbike hijackings are a reality

Hijacking statistics in our country are a sad reality. However, it may come as a surprise to you that recent events have shown that motorcyclists can also be a victim of this crime, and need to be as cautious on the road as drivers of cars. A hijacking can happen in the blink of an eye. What's even more alarming is that it's very difficult to communicate whilst wearing a helmet, or while your bike is running. This means that in a hijacking situation, bikers become even more vulnerable to injury

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