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Golf car drivers need awareness about road safety!

Published by on Jun 22nd, 2008, No Comments

Golf car drivers need awareness about road safety! Golf cars or, as they are mostly referred to ”golf carts”, are finding their way more and more on locations other than the green grass of our golf courses. This poses a significant road safety risk as these carts are not designed with the safety requirements we find in other vehicles.

The risks are best exposed by reflecting on the latest data from accident research. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Centre for Injury Sciences found that there were more than 48 255 golf-cart related injuries between 2002 and 2005. A new study has also found that golf cart-related injuries jumped from 5,772 in 1990 to 13,441 in 2006.

The researchers have found that popularity of golf carts has risen dramatically with these four-wheeled vehicles used beyond golf courses and becoming a mode of transportation at sporting events, hospitals, airports, national parks, college campuses, businesses and military bases.

It is necessary that we share our safety concerns with these operators and the Arrive Alive Road Safety website included safety advice in a section on golf cars and road safety. Some of these suggestions are:

  • All operators must abide by all traffic regulations applicable to vehicular traffic.
  • Do not exceed the maximum safe occupancy. No golf cart is to be operated with more passengers than seating is provided.
  • Do not exceed maximum safe speeds, particularly in areas with high pedestrian traffic – A golf cart should be operated at a speed equivalent to a well-paced walk.
    The maximum speed of a golf cart depends upon the terrain over which it is being driven, the weather conditions, and the total weight of the golf cart, passengers and any equipment being carried.
  • Never back up without looking to see what is behind the cart.
  • Golf cart drivers are required to use a horn or other audible signal when approaching pedestrians from behind — electric carts are very quiet and can injure pedestrians.
  • Maintain adequate distance between golf cart and pedestrian.
  • All occupants in the golf cart shall keep hands, arms, legs and feet within the confines of the golf cart at all times when the cart is in motion.
  • Carts driven at night must be equipped with functional headlights and tail lights.
  • Park cars in a manner that they do not impede or interfere with normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic flow on roadways, ramps or sidewalks.
  • Do not park carts where they will block emergency equipment, pedestrian aisles, doorways or intersections.
  • All golf carts shall display a slow moving vehicle triangle on the rear of the vehicle.
    Only allow towing by those golf carts originally designed for towing.

May our focus on road safety extend to all modes of transport!

NDS Drift series this weekend

Published by on Jun 20th, 2008, No Comments

nds drift series

Woelag on MK

Published by on Jun 20th, 2008, 3 Comments

woelag on mkSaturday evenings will never be the same again, it’s going to get Woelag!!!

MK, Channel 324 has taken funky to a whole ‘nother level by presenting a brand new funky upbeat interactive auto life style show.

Following the success of the HipHop Show, this new street urban culture show will most certainly keep you glued to your seats. Woelag boasts the guts to cram in so much entertainment in this punchy 30 minute show that you will most certainly want to diarise it as a regular feature on your saturday to do list. One of the most interesting segments is the D.I.Y feature, where the viewer will catch handy tips on modifying cars, only difference is that technical tips are made easier and at the fraction of the cost. What would the show be without car audio, motor performances and drifting? Chad, one of the presenters of the show is on the prowl to catch the hottest rides in and around South Africa and bring them to the screen. Car fanatics are urged to send MMS’S of they own rides or street cred’ rides they spot to woelag@mnet.co.za. That’s not all for the ladies, Miss Contro ‘Versy will bring you the sexiest urban fashion tips as well as speak to the hottest trendsetters in street culture. Catch Contro ‘Versy and Chad from the 7th June every Saturday at 19:30pm on channel 324 only on MK. Is Woelag!

The new Honda Accord

Published by on Jun 19th, 2008, 2 Comments

It might not look like the Accord has changed much but it is wider as well as lower and significantly stiffer for optimum chassis dynamics due to its use of ultra high-tensile steel in its body construction. It possesses a bold front facade with its prominent ‘H’ logo on the grille,a longer, taller bonnet, and aggressively flared fenders.

The new Accord has been made available in South Africa with a 2litre i-vtec petrol engine producing 154bhp and the 2.4litre i-vtec delivering 197bhp at 7000rpm. According to Honda SA, “The six-speed manual version accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 9,3 seconds, and achieves a top speed of 215 km/h.” Transmission choices include quick-shifting five-speed automatic and a six speed manual gearbox with F1-style shift paddles.

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The Extreme Auto Show

Published by on Jun 10th, 2008, No Comments

castrol auto show

The Extreme Auto Show showcases the best tuners and fitment centres, as well as the diverse product ranges that these companies stock. The main focus of the show is to showcase South Africa’s best customised and modified cars, exotic cars, classic cars, and customized bikes. It is the only event that takes place once a year, that informs the motoring fraternity about what is new and available to the discerning motorist that wants to personalize his ride.

The Extreme Auto Show is about the meanest, loudest, fastest and the most desirable motor vehicles and bikes South Africa has to offer.

The Castrol Show boasts all the exotic and luxury brands, as well as the best in custom built muscle cars, classic restorations, modified custom cars and bikes kit cars, replicas, racing series and the top end aftermarket companies exhibiting each year.

2008 will see a big change as AEC has lined up a host of interactive events at this years Castrol Extreme Auto Show. Visitors can expect to be treated to the Ultimate Motoring event to take place in SA this year.

The motor concourse will be the biggest to date with big cash, prizes and trophies to be won. The calendar girls will be autographing calendars and posing for photos with visitors, both the calendars and photos can be purchased at the event.

AEC will be giving away the CASTROL EDGE SUBARU WRX STI as well as other bikes and prizes at the show.

Female visitors will be treated to manicures, Indian head messages, and much more at this years show.. read more

Soul statement by Kia

Published by on Jun 9th, 2008, 1 Comment

The Kia Soul concept car was launched at the Geneva Motor Show and latest reports show that a production model is in the pipeline just in time to be displayed at this year’s Paris Motor Show.

Above: Kia Soul concept car

The concept came in three models namely the Soul Diva, Soul Searcher and Soul Burner. The Soul Diva is for the young at heart who is fashion conscious hence the black, white and gold leather and…wait for it….glitter interior, not to mention “pony-hide” carpets. As for the Soul Searcher, it is the more tranquil of the three aiming at an inner peace with its leather finished bonnet and a tinge of leather in every other part of the car. And oh yes, lets not forget about the “bad-boy” the Soul Burn with its dragon tattoos on the bonnet and sports seats. The production car is said to retain some of the features that made it popular at the Geneva motor show. Lets hope no “pony-hide” will be included in the production model. (more…)

Pagani Zonda Cinque 2009

Published by on Jun 9th, 2008, 1 Comment

Pagani plan to produce only five samples of the Zonda Cinque. The Cinque is basically a Zonda R made for the street. The Cinque (meaning ‘five’ in Italian) is a slightly detuned version of the 7,3litre V12 engine found in other Zondas. The Cinque is still a capable performer reaching 200km/h in 9,8 seconds with a top speed of just over 350km/h. It is expected to price around €800 000.

The Zonda Cinque will house ABS and traction control designed by the ever reliable Bosch, as well as the controls for the robotized Automac sequential gearbox. It will also feature full light clusters, upholstered interior and will have no roll cage. It is likely that this may be the last Zonda variant to be produced before the model’s replacement in a few years.

Ferrari California GT

Published by on May 25th, 2008, 2 Comments

The official pics of the California GT have been released and soon enough it will be launched at the Paris Motor Show in October. This mid-sized roadster will only be built as a convertible with Ferrari‘s first folding hardtop.

Ferrari always being renowned for its power and performance does not disappoint with the California GT with its 4,3 litre direct injection V8 engine producing 460bhp, mounted in the mid-front. This prancing horse can reach 0-100km/h in less than 4 seconds.

Its gearshifts are via a seven speed dual clutch transmission with F1-Trac traction control. It also houses Brembo carbon ceramic brakes which should help to bring this speedy horse to a sudden stop. Also in keeping with the rest of the new generation Ferrari’s, it will be built on an aluminium chassis as well as aluminium body panels.

More details about this car is expected to be releases prior to the Paris Motor Show. In the meantime join in on the Ferrari California GT countdown at www.ferraricalifornia.com

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