JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The latest crime statistics have revealed a giant jump in hijacking but it’s truckers who are carrying the criminal load. The numbers have increased ninefold – from a 3.8% increase the previous quarter to a 31.4% increase. It is also the crime that saw the second biggest increase in the most… Continue reading Truckjacking ninefolds as industry challenged
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Deaths on Gauteng roads over the 2022 Easter holiday weekend – there were “only” 16 – were half the usual number. Good news for sure, but results for other provinces are yet to be published. CEO of MasterDrive Eugene Herbert, however, says things might not worth celebration… “The floods in kwaZulu-Natal… Continue reading Easter road-deaths halved – but it’s still bad news
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A video on social media shows vehicles slamming into two large potholes along a road in Mpumalanga. True or not, if you’re heading off on holiday over the Easter break such road obstacles will be inevitable due to higher-than-normal rainfall. CEO of MasterDrive Eugene Herbert, a frequent contributor to The Corner,… Continue reading Don’t let a pothole blow out your holiday trip
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Individuals and businesses alike are concerned about future fuel prices in South Africa as the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues. Early predications say that petrol and diesel increases could be at least three times higher than the last increase. The CEO of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, says – given the March 2022 situation, uncertainty,… Continue reading Get a payoff at the pumps: Educate your drivers!
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Covid-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020 and that required change for individuals and businesses. Operating procedures needed adjustment to to protect employees and clients, great uncertainty developed, and it became clear many protocols would be here to stay. MasterDrive’s CEO Eugene Herbert believes early Covid-19 protocols were prioritised to… Continue reading Covid and auto trade: Business tips from MasterDrive
JOHANNESBURG. South Africa – One thousand six hundred and eighty-five people died on South Africa’s roads during the 2021/2022 Christmas holiday – 14% more than the previous year. Transport Minister Fikile Mbabula blamed jaywalking, speeding, slippery roads, overtaking across barrier lines, poor visibility. Indeed, stats reveal that human error caused 79% of fatal crashes, road… Continue reading Another awful Christmas road toll – can it be stopped?
JOHANNNESBURG, South Africa – As vehicles become more advanced, so do the safety features intended to keep drivers safe. What many drivers may not know is that most safet do not work if not used correctly or without the use of other safety features. This requires drivers to fully understand the benefits of their vehicle’s… Continue reading Crash-bags and seat-belts – stuff you might NOT know
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – All ready for your annual Easter road trip and holiday? Here’s a last-minute read before you hit the road, courtesy of the MasterDrive crew… Imagine you’re driving through congested traffic while navigating through the threats of power outages, law-breakers, and general chaos associated with peak-hour driving in South Africa. Now imagine… Continue reading On your phone? It’s the same as driving blind
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A competent defensive driver with few – or even zero – accidents behind their name is the kind of driver that insurance companies should have as clients. Yet such drivers are the exception to the rule. The good news: there’s potential for insurers to equip their clients with skills to become… Continue reading Go defensive: Training answer for fewer crashes, cheaper insurance
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Truck rollovers can be devastating. Deaths and injuries, damaged property or roads closed for hours, and the cost of repairs/replacement and the consequent downtime can cost a company millions. Unfortunately, seldom does a week goes by without a truck rollover being reported by the news media. The managing director of MasterDrive,… Continue reading Truck rollovers: How to avoid losing millions