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
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Reduced insurance premium are appealing at any time, let alone during this Covid pandemic, but MasterDrive suggests one way to save some money. Driver training. Eugene Herbert, director of MasterDrive and a regular Carman’s Corner contributor, recommends every driver to contact their insurance provider about this: “Not only does driver training… Continue reading Cut your insurance payments with driver training
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The Christmas holidays gone, back-to-work driving is going to be different to previous years as the country battles a second wave of the coronavirus and returns to level three lockdown. Many companies are still operating remotely but people who do need to travel must think about issues that were not… Continue reading Back-to-work driving: Take it easy, folks…
NEW YORK – Car-parks. Rated the busiest places with which drivers must contend: People walking behind your car, trolleys abandoned in the lanes… drivers need an extra set of eyes to avoid all obstacles. In fact, according to the American Automotive Fleet’s annual accident management survey, 46% of vehicles were damaged when parked. The… Continue reading Perils of the parking garage – multi-floor or open air
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – While you were driving to your 2020 year-end holiday destination you probably encountered at least one reckless driver whose lousy road skills put you and your family in harm’s way. Even when back on the roads for normal driving – work, social, sport – real drivers will be watching for… Continue reading Driving tips: How to deal with reckless road-users
SOME FAMILIES have not yet set off for their annual holiday – especially those catering for the end-of-the-year rush – but they too will be worried about the possibility of a road crash en route. The unfortunate truth, says MasterDrive’s bossman Eugene Herbert, is that it can still happen so imagine a scene where you’re… Continue reading Post-festive season driving tips: What to do after a crash?