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Can you bring your vehicle to a sudden stop safely? A visitor to the Arrive Alive website sent an email with the attached photo of incorrect placement of traffic signs. I could not help smiling despite knowing that this is a potentially dangerous “road condition” – which I believe has since been addressed by the traffic authorities!
It also reminds us that sometimes we might need to bring our vehicle to a sudden stop – and to have our vehicles properly maintained and the brakes checked!
Also view the new section titled Road Traffic Signs of South Africa.
Sports events are not only keeping us in front of the television, but the reason for thousands of sports enthusiasts travelling to and from sports stadiums across South Africa. We have added a few safety suggestions for our spectators travelling in their own and rental vehicles:
• Check your car’s roadworthiness. Headlights, indicators, stop lights, tail-lights, windscreen wiper blades, mirrors, brakes, steering, tyres, tyre pressures, exhaust system and possible oil or fuel leaks.
• Ensure your windscreen is always clean and scratch-free, both inside and out.
• Make sure your headlight glass is clean, that the bulbs are in good working order and that the lighting system is properly positioned.
• Check that the spare wheel is in good condition and properly inflated. Make sure that you have a serviceable jack and wheel brace.
• Do not overload your vehicle with passengers and baggage. The vehicle will be less stable, difficult to steer and take longer to stop.
• The driver’s control and operating space in the overloaded vehicle is diminished, escalating the chances for an accident.
• The overloaded vehicle cannot accelerate as normal – making it difficult to overtake
• Carry a roadside emergency kit.
We would like to invite all our sports enthusiasts to view the “Spectator Survival Guide to Safety on the Road to Sports Stadiums”
The thought of death in a burning vehicle is horrific! The recent death of a lady on the N1 motivated us to develop a section of content on the Arrive Alive website “Escape and Safety from Vehicle Fire”.
We would like to quote a small part from the website on how to prevent vehicle fires:
“Vehicle maintenance and inspection is crucial to preventing vehicle fires. The following suggestion might prevent vehicle fires:
• Have your vehicles inspected at least annually by a trained, professional technician.
• Check for any malfunctioning parts and hanging electrical wirings. Do not leave them hanging.
• Include a check of the fuel system in your regular maintenance schedule. Electrical and fuel system or problems are the major causes of car fires.
• Watch for fluid leaks under vehicles, cracked or blistered hoses, or wiring that is loose, has exposed metal or has cracked insulation.
• Have vehicles inspected and repaired as soon as possible if exhaust or emission control problems are suspected.
• An early indication of a problem is a fuse that blows more than once. The source of the triggered fuse could be either a faulty component or a wiring problem.
• Check for oil leaks and always use a funnel when adding oil. Oil spilled on a hot exhaust manifold can cause a fire.
• If a filling station attendant adds oil, double check that the cap is on securely. This sounds obvious, but better to check than end up with oil all over your engine compartment at best, or an engine fire at worst.
• Clean the vehicle regularly – Do not allow your trash to settle in the vehicle.
• Avoid throwing cigarette butts anywhere
• When driving – Be alert to changes in the way your vehicle sounds when running, or to a visible plume of exhaust coming from the tailpipe. A louder than usual exhaust tone, smoke coming from the tailpipe or a backfiring exhaust could mean problems or damage to the high-temperature exhaust and emission control system on the vehicle.
• Observe your gauge frequently – Check if the temperature is rising. “
We would like to urge all road users to view the section “Escape and Safety from Vehicle Fire”
It is reported that police will patrol school zones in Melbourne’s northern suburbs this week as part of a blitz on child restraints in cars. Operation Cacoethes will see motorists slapped with fines and the loss of three demerit points for every child not correctly restrained. This Campaign is in response to the deaths of eight children aged 12 or under killed in collisions on Victorian roads last year.
“If children are not in a booster or child seat suitable for their size, then the seat belt will not work correctly and their likelihood of injury in a collision is increased. Acting Sgt Bowen said.
Not only has the non-wearing been identified as a problem – but also restraints not used and fitted correctly:
“The most common offences police are seeing are drivers travelling with children in an adult seat belt who are too small for the belt to fit correctly or the child restraint has not been correctly fitted within the vehicle. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure all passengers under 16 are correctly restrained so if parents aren’t sure about what restraint they should be using, they can visit the VicRoads website or speak with their local police.”
This should be something that traffic authorities in South Africa need to address as well! A recent study by medical students from the Free State University in 8 suburbs in Bloemfontein has revealed shockingly low levels of compliance pertaining to seatbelt wearing rates. The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Free State will provide more details on these results in a release of study findings to be submitted to a medical journal.
The Arrive Alive website would like to urge all parents to visit the section “Child Restraints and Road Safety”
Are you aware that many of the elderly road users around you might be suffering from Alzheimer’s?
It is estimated that people with Alzheimer’s disease drive, on average, 2.5 years following diagnosis. People with early stage, very mild Alzheimer’s disease, can and do drive safely, however when the disease progresses to the moderate or severe stages, then driving must stop.
Driving is a complex activity that requires good judgment, quick thinking and fast reactions, as well as good perceptual abilities. For a person with Alzheimer’s, driving inevitably becomes difficult, and he or she may become unsafe on the roads. With dementia, an individual’s capacity to assess his or her driving abilities may also diminish. People with Alzheimer’s are especially likely to minimize the complexity of driving and overestimate their abilities.
On the Arrive Alive website we have made available information on Alzheimer’s and Road Safety. Visit the section for advice on how to approach the dangers of people with Alzheimer’s and the need to convince them to stop driving.
More than 147 people have died on South Africa’s roads since the start of the Easter weekend, the department of transport said today. Since April 9, 136 crashes have resulted in the deaths of 147 road users. Fatalities included 39 drivers, 60 passengers and 48 pedestrians.
Traffic authorities have intensified law enforcement actions on unroadworthy vehicles, overloaded public passenger transport. Speed timing operations are planned on all major routes. Taxi and bus drivers are reminded that their maximum and legal speed limit is 100km/h. Roadblocks will concentrate on overloading, vehicle roadworthiness, driving licences, vehicle registrations and licences, the department said.
More than 100 motorists were arrested for various offences in Johannesburg over the Easter weekend, Johannesburg metro police said on Monday. Of the 115 people arrested, 41 were caught for drunk driving, 43 for speeding, and 31 for reckless and negligent driving.
In the Free State a fatal accident occurred at a T-junction on the R702 when a 22-seater mini-bus taxi and nine-seater taxi collided at 11pm on Sunday. It is alleged that the nine-seater taxi, which was travelling from the Eastern Cape, did not stop at the crossing.
Only daily effective traffic enforcement will remove the lawlessness on the roads of South Africa! If not – all our travellers will continue to take part in a lottery when they go on the roads!
Visit the Arrive Alive Road Safety website for more road safety advice.
Cars; no matter what we do, we can’t live without them. In today’s word, nobody can truly be productive without a vehicle. If you are lucky enough to be the owner of your own automobile, you must treat them like children as they eventually break down and require replacement parts. This unavoidable evil must be dealt with, regardless of when and where you purchased your vehicle. Thankfully, concept cars, like the Mazda Kiyora, don’t need this level of attention.
The Kiyora may only be a dream, but it’s the kind of dream that future automotives are made of. The joys, and pains, of concept vehicles is that they will never truly be driven; never be released to the mass market. As such, these cars don’t need to repair brake pads like normal cars. However, when something does need to be replaced, it must be custom made by the same team who build the original design. This can take a basic repair and turn it into an expensive chore.
This doesn’t mean concept cars aren’t worth looking into. Design styles from the Mazda Crossfire eventually found their way into the Mazda 5 and Mazda CX9. From brake rotors to sunroofs, all components found in modern vehicles found their births in concept cars from the past. Even the simple cushion seat was just a design on a drawing board at one point.
While the dream of owning a concept car does save the trip to the auto parts store, it doesn’t free you from the reality of your own vehicle, but this is where the mass produced automobile can be advantageous. Instead of settling for specific designs and required parts, you can build a custom vehicle that matches your style. Choosing a customer paint job, quality tachometer, or killer sound system, are only the beginning of the options available to the budding artist. The availability of these choices provides a freedom of creativity that most drivers won’t ever realize with their cars.
Going beyond the custom rims, spoilers and paint jobs, the real car enthusiast will go so far as to replace their engine, add Bilstein and KYB shocks, and overhaul the interior. By building a personalized vehicle, one can effectively create their own concept car, without the price tag and repair costs of the ones from the manufacturer. Whatever your interest, the concept car is always an interesting idea that offers insight to the future of vehicles.