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Win the First Jaguar XJ and Help Raise a Million for NSPCC

Published by on Oct 20th, 2009, 1 Comment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you definitely know that when released off the production lines, the all new Jaguar XJ will be a scorcher, however, the fact is that an aspirer needs to stack his pockets with an estimated £62,000 to get one of those devils home.

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But there’s light at the end of the tunnel as Jaguar has teamed up with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and in a charitable effort you can can contribute £125 to the NSPCC (registered as a single entry) and actually win the first Jaguar XJ. Jaguar has had a long term alliance with NSPCC and continuing furthermore on that bonding, Jaguar is keen to raise £1m for the NSPCC’s helplines.

The £125 entry has no limit as the same individual can have as many numbers of entries as desired. Jaguar is supporting NSPCC’s three year Child’s Voice Appeal program to raise £50m for its helplines and hence benefit more and more number of children by reaching out to NSPCC directly. The Jaguar Prize Competition to support the cause runs until 25 November and the winner will be made public on December 1. The only requirement is that the entrants will be required to answer three questions about the upcoming XJ to stand a chance of winning the first production ready Jaguar XJ.

Real-time traffic enabled GPS system can save drivers four days per year and cut emissions by 21%

Published by on Aug 28th, 2009, No Comments

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Traffic congestion is a global problem and the concern has been aggravated with the introduction of smaller and cheaper cars. Once stuck in a traffic jam you can seldom do anything to help your self other than being patient. Instead of getting stuck in jams, it is advisable that you get a real-time traffic enabled GPS on-board for that would save you time and reduce the car’s emissions as well.

It is not just a personal suggestion but a fact backed by a survey which reveals that real-time traffic info can save American drivers four days a year and could cut CO2 emissions by 21% which directly means a lot lesser harm to our beloved surrounding which is diminishing every damn day. Since this survey comes from NAVTEQ, this can be seen as a promotional tactic but we still believe there is an element of truth in it.

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How many male and female drivers in South Africa?

Published by on Aug 23rd, 2009, No Comments

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I was recently asked to share my views on whom the better driver might be – is it women or men? This is always a rather heated debate. I thought it might be worthwhile to include information on the number of licensed drivers in South Africa. The data provides interesting reading – especially with regards to vehicle size and licensed drivers for that specific vehicle grouping.

As could be expected there are a significant male gender presence in our heavier vehicle group! View the Car Insurance Blog if you would like to view the comments on “the better driver”!

Who needs a mechanic?

Published by on Aug 13th, 2009, No Comments

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Sometimes we can only stop and be fascinated at the way some road users apply their limited “Do it yourself” skills to vehicles. A friend once said that it always amazes him how engineers study years and then spend hours on vehicle design and testing, only to have one super clever visionary from the other side of town take 30 minutes to decide the suspension is all wrong and then do a complete makeover of a perfectly roadworthy vehicle!

We have recently written a blog post titled “Parts used to repair insured cars may not compromise safety!” The short-term insurance ombudsman has confirmed that used and non-genuine parts can be used to repair insured cars provided that they don’t compromise safety!

There are many small details in vehicle maintenance that the everyday driver can attend to effectively. It is however best to leave the servicing of your vehicle in the hands of trained automotive professionals / mechanics. They have the knowledge and tools to diagnose and correct problems and to put you on the road to safe, fuel-efficient driving.

We would like to encourage all car owners to focus on the importance of proper vehicle maintenance in achieving greater safety on the roads!

Crime is costing the South African car owner

Published by on Aug 3rd, 2009, 1 Comment

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We recently read of the risk of significant increases in car insurance premiums. This can be attributed not only to the high number of vehicle accidents on our roads, but also to criminal activity such as hijackings and vehicle theft!

Motor vehicle insurance has been described as a necessary evil – even if you pay cash for a motor vehicle and you are the most cautious of motorists, you are at great financial risk if you drive an uninsured vehicle.

I recently parked my vehicle in a secured parking spot in Sandton, only to find the next day that someone tried to open the door of my car with a sharp object – fortunately for me the person failed to open the door. I would now have to replace the door handle and lock at some cost to myself and the insurer.

Car insurance is an important part of road safety. This provides peace of mind when hitting the road that your vehicle is protected. On the Arrive Alive website we have developed a section on Car insurance and Road Safety. We would like to urge vehicle owners not only to protect themselves, but also their cars on the road. We will be addressing these concerns on the Car Insurance Blog and provide advice to ensure that our car owners are protected against some of the insurance pitfalls!

A road safety message to car owners on Earth Hour

Published by on Mar 28th, 2009, 3 Comments

Today is a time for all road users and car owners to take some time and reflect on the environment and global warming. This day is also known as a day when Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights.

Responsible car owners are urged to support this initiative – the Arrive Alive website has decided to include information on the website about the Environment and the Bus Rapid Transit System [BRT] to create awareness of how road safety initiatives may benefit our environment!

Tread carefully around tyre safety!

Published by on Feb 27th, 2009, No Comments

 

 

 

 

 

What would the effect of the economic downturn be on road safety? Would we be able to replace our worn-out tyres in time or would many road users extend this for another thousand kilometres…? With so many non-roadworthy vehicles and overloaded taxis on the road this is indeed a cause for concern!

I remember that someone once explained the importance of tyre safety by illustrating the part of a vehicle that is in touch with the road surface. This is no more than 4 pieces of an A4 piece of paper! If you are driving a vehicle at 120km/h it becomes important that this contact is accurate and that it will enable you to steer and brake safely!

On the Arrive Alive website we have previously added various bits and pieces about tyre safety and decided to do some maintenance work with a new section titled “Road Safety and Tyre Safety”.

We would like to urge all our road users to follow strict discipline with regards to inspecting and maintaining proper tyre safety! This is something to be done regularly and with the assistance of the tyre safety experts. May we not neglect these most important components of road safety!

Our pregnant ladies need advice for safe driving

Published by on Feb 19th, 2009, No Comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early yesterday morning a Top 100 SA Company requested information about pregnancy and safe driving. Content was developed and added to the Arrive Alive website about aspects such as wearing of seatbelts, airbags etc. We would also like to add a few bits of advice on Car Blog with regards to adjustments within the vehicle of the mother-to-be:

• Make sure your seat is positioned comfortable and not too close to the steering wheel (in case of an accident and the air bag deploys).
• Leave some space (at least 10 cm) between your belly and steering wheel, bend back slightly. [Whilst still able to observe]
• If possible -use a vehicle with adjustable steering wheels and seats so that you can customize your seating position to optimize your control over the car.
• Check your view out of your mirrors if you push your seat back or change the height of the steering wheel.
• Make sure that after you adjust your seat you can still comfortably reach the accelerator, brake, and clutch – if you are stretching to reach the pedals, it could affect your reaction time.
• Remove coats or jackets that restrict your ability to move freely behind the wheel and learn to rely on the heating system of the vehicle to keep you warm.
• Always wear your seatbelt and leave air bags operational / turned –on!

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