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What Should Motorists Do In Case of A Flash Flood?

What Should Motorists Do In Case of A Flash Flood?

Flash floods have claimed the lives of dozens of South Africans around the country. In simple terms: plan, be prepared act decisively. What does a flash flood warning mean? Flash Flood Warnings are issued for flooding occurring within 6 hours of heavy and intense rainfall.  An Areal Flood Warning are issued for flooding that occurs more gradually, normally from prolonged and persistent moderate to heavy rainfall longer than 6 hours. A number of streams, like the Klipspruit River, Klip River, Jukskei River, Klein Jukskei, Braamfontein Spruit, to name a few, meander throughout the suburbs and cities of Gauteng. Though mostly canalized, they have the potential to overflow and burst their banks – causing devastating flash floods. Flash floods are sudden, violent and powerful enough, in 60cm of water, to lift even a truck. Did you know a flash flood of 10cm+ of rapidly flowing water is capable of washing your car away? Radio stations, social media will issue flood warnings, areas and roads to avoid. This gives you a window of opportunity to prepare. Heavy and rapid downpours cause runoff that collects in gullies, streams and converge to form larger volumes of fast flowing water and debris – often miles away from the source. If you are on your way home from work, visualize the route; imagine that route/highway congested, and which spots, bridges, under bridges or river crossings that you need to avoid. This will help you decide on an alternative route, preferably towards higher ground. If you have little ones in the car, at all costs steer-clear of all congested routes prone to flash flooding and absolutely... read more
The New Mazda CX3 – Individual

The New Mazda CX3 – Individual

It is As Individual As they Come DESIGN: Assembled exclusively in Hiroshima Japan and based on the same platform and rigid, light-weight unibody structure as the Mazda2, two brilliant cars competing in the small car segment. The new CX3 possesses bold aesthetics that sweep back into a most appealing aerodynamic exterior: resonating Mazda’s Kodo design ethos, which is sure to be as contemporary and striking in years to come – as it is now. INTERIOR: Is hospitable, spacious and comfortable. Good use of quality materials, soft leather accents on the dash, door arm rests, with contrasting red stitching while chromed dials,(infotainment/volume/climate controls) create a heightened sense of exclusivity. Carbon fibre inserts frame the climate control dials and AUX/USB ports for a finished sporty look. With voice command, Bluetooth  and every other visual/audio function accessible via the multi-function steering wheel. SPACE/RIDE QUALITY: Ample leg-room in the rear, offering body comfort for above average height passengers. Struts in the front, torsion-beam axle in the rear: the compact-hatch SUV’s pliant suspension rides out rough tarmac and is skilled at tackling dirt roads. The sport-tuned suspension provides both friendly and sharp handling: a complement of smooth steering and a weight-saving design provides a can-do attitude of feedback – a most noticeable characteristic when gliding the car through the bends, dynamics based on Mazda’s Jinba ittai,(unity between horse and rider) engineering philosophy. DRIVETRAIN: The 2.0L, i4, engine, with SkyActiv Technology and an ample 115kw of power makes the CX3 the perfect suburban and city car – capable and able. Select the sport mode switch, flip the gear-lever into manual, tap the paddle-shifts and you... read more

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What Should Motorists Do In Case of A Flash Flood?

Flash floods have claimed the lives of dozens of South Africans around the country. In simple terms: plan, be prepared act decisively. What does a flash flood warning mean? Flash Flood Warnings are issued for flooding occurring within 6 hours of heavy and intense rainfall.  An Areal Flood Warning are issued for flooding that occurs more gradually, normally from prolonged and persistent moderate to heavy rainfall longer than 6 hours. A number of streams, like the Klipspruit River, Klip River, Jukskei River, Klein Jukskei, Braamfontein Spruit, to name a few, meander throughout the suburbs and cities of Gauteng. Though mostly canalized, they have the potential to overflow and burst their banks – causing devastating flash floods. Flash floods are sudden, violent and powerful enough, in 60cm of water, to lift even a truck. Did you know a flash flood of 10cm+ of rapidly flowing water is capable of washing your car away? Radio stations, social media will issue flood warnings, areas and roads to avoid. This gives you a window of opportunity to prepare. Heavy and rapid downpours cause runoff that collects in gullies, streams and converge to form larger volumes of fast flowing water and debris – often miles away from the source. If you are on your way home from work, visualize the route; imagine that route/highway congested, and which spots, bridges, under bridges or river crossings that you need to avoid. This will help you decide on an alternative route, preferably towards higher ground. If you have little ones in the car, at all costs steer-clear of all congested routes prone to flash flooding and absolutely... read more

The New Mazda CX3 – Individual

It is As Individual As they Come DESIGN: Assembled exclusively in Hiroshima Japan and based on the same platform and rigid, light-weight unibody structure as the Mazda2, two brilliant cars competing in the small car segment. The new CX3 possesses bold aesthetics that sweep back into a most appealing aerodynamic exterior: resonating Mazda’s Kodo design ethos, which is sure to be as contemporary and striking in years to come – as it is now. INTERIOR: Is hospitable, spacious and comfortable. Good use of quality materials, soft leather accents on the dash, door arm rests, with contrasting red stitching while chromed dials,(infotainment/volume/climate controls) create a heightened sense of exclusivity. Carbon fibre inserts frame the climate control dials and AUX/USB ports for a finished sporty look. With voice command, Bluetooth  and every other visual/audio function accessible via the multi-function steering wheel. SPACE/RIDE QUALITY: Ample leg-room in the rear, offering body comfort for above average height passengers. Struts in the front, torsion-beam axle in the rear: the compact-hatch SUV’s pliant suspension rides out rough tarmac and is skilled at tackling dirt roads. The sport-tuned suspension provides both friendly and sharp handling: a complement of smooth steering and a weight-saving design provides a can-do attitude of feedback – a most noticeable characteristic when gliding the car through the bends, dynamics based on Mazda’s Jinba ittai,(unity between horse and rider) engineering philosophy. DRIVETRAIN: The 2.0L, i4, engine, with SkyActiv Technology and an ample 115kw of power makes the CX3 the perfect suburban and city car – capable and able. Select the sport mode switch, flip the gear-lever into manual, tap the paddle-shifts and you... read more

Orange Is The New Black

The new Renault Captur DCI 1.5L Turbo-diesel Dynamique Sunset LTD Edition. The exterior is truly eye-catching, its bi-tone hue draws a striking contrast between its Diamond black metallic paint and Sunset Orange detailing on the roof, fog lamp surrounds, side-view mirrors, door-sill protectors, boot lid, front grille and rear nameplate holder. Smooth flowing lines, highlight a rather elegant finish and elemental design. Orange is certainly the new black, the interior is a funk-up of the polyrhythmic Diamond Black on the Sunset Orange theme. Adorning the infotainment/touchscreen/climate control panel, speakers and the air-vents – not forgetting the seats. And to maintain the seats new car luster, the fabric chair covers can be unzipped and washed – a practical thought, when it comes to little ones along with a reverse-camera! Standard tech’ equipment includes Navigation, Bluetooth and audio AUX/USB connectivity. With the versatility of a MPV, the rear seats fold completely flat, transforming the Captur’s 377L boot-space into a 1235dm3 cargo area. Inspite of the rear brake-drum, front ventilated-disk combination, Renault have dialed in a granite braking system – keep a watchful eye in your review mirror for drivers behind you because the Captur’s ABS/EBD with BAS/EBA braking is a knife-edge of stopping power. Driving the Captur in manual guise, just makes perfect sense, most would agree that it is a far more engaging experience than the EDC auto-transmission found in the 88kw turbo variant. The light rumbling, 1.5L turbo-diesel 66kw engine achieves maximum torque as low as 1750rpms. The close-set 5-speed manual transmission, a sixth gear please Renault, is excellent at putting down 220nm of torque to the front-wheels. Keeping... read more

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned

Are Women Angrier Than Men Behind The Wheel? Let me illustrate my point. I am in a traffic jam at the corner of Hill Street and Malibongwe Drive in Randburg. Stationary at the junction box, I politely allow two vehicles, to my left and right, too cross the intersection before proceeding – subsequently the traffic light was red, so I was in no rush. but the driver behind me, grew impatient of my good Samaritan road manners, and used the right-exit slipway, to pass and cut in front of me and jump the que to access Malibongwe drive. The traffic light is still red, I stopped along-side the passenger side of the vehicle, my window down, thinking now I am going to give you a piece of my mind but then I saw it was a woman, I quickly rewrote my speech and would merely point-out her disgusting road manners. Her response, she leaned over to the passenger window, flicked up her long bony middle finger,(she looked like a witch), with as much animosity on her indignant face as she could muster, she said, “#&^k you!!!!” My wife and I were shocked – and speechless! So here raises the question, was I shocked by her vulgar behavior – or was I more shocked because she was a woman? Well according to a recent study on woman and road rage – I should not be surprised when the fairer sex transform into cave women behind the wheel. Patrick Fagan, a behavioral psychologist at Goldsmiths University of London sense tested 1000 drivers to measure their emotional and physiological responses in various... read more

Opel’s New Astra 1.6L TurboSport is Astramazing

Every part of the new Astra engages you on every level. A beautiful exterior and a superbly executed interior to rival the likes of Audi and Volkswagen, capturing the prestigious 2016 European Car of The Year award and the coveted 2015 Golden Steering Wheel Award in Berlin: the Oscars of the automotive industry. Voted by a jury consisting of readers, experts and celebrities such as racing legend Walter Röhrl, pick the best newcomers of the year after extensive test drives. Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel Group CEO, says the new Astra is the best Opel they have ever built and is the most important car in their product portfolio. The sheer comfort when sliding onto the driver’s seat, surrounded by exemplary quality materials is commendable and praiseworthy. Depress the clutch, push the Start-button and the 1.6L, i4, 147kw, Turbocharged/EcoTec engine comes to life with a soft rumble. The reverse-camera made exiting my garage that much easier, the feel of the gearbox, the smooth steering, and selecting 1st gear, nothing exciting about that, but inside the Astra, the occasion had me envisioning what it would be like taking the Astra onto a race track. Probably because of my own personal expectations of the Astra, selecting Sport Mode, I was looking forward to a captivating drive. Seeking out a particular stretch of road, gently squeezing the accelerator peddle. A rapid bloom of 280nm of torque balloons from 1500rpms, with virtually no understeer or body roll, the Astra’s pin-point steering dives its nose for every apex, while relentlessly cradling momentum, the spontaneous throttle response catapults me out of the corners. The quick-shifting 6-speed... read more

The Mazda 2 1.5DE Hazumi Just Makes Sense

Mazda’s Kodo, Soul of Motion design language, is the embodiment of what makes the Mazda2’s exterior come to life and stand out. A precise formula for Mazda, considering the B-segment makes up 17% of the market share, with petrol and manual transmission variants the most popular choice. The aerodynamic design is all out stunning, especially striking in Mazda’s Soul Red hue. A dipping bonnet line and black/silver alloy rims draw focus to the Mazda2’s sporty dynamics. Radiating with personality, the only thing I can it fault on, is the tinny feel of the rear doors, most apparent when closing or tapping your fingers on them, albeit a mini sub-compact hatchback, seat cushion height,(ground to seat/seat to roofline), the Mazda2 provides welcoming ingress/egress dimensions. For above average height passengers, movement is slightly restricted, but there is decent leg-room in the rear – certainly not a problem if mostly children will be occupying the rear seats. Interior is of a high quality, plush leather accents, with rich contrasting red stitching, on the dashboards, chrome circular air-vents; adding a premium feel to the Mazda2’s interior is the chrome rotational control dials, conveniently and ergonomically positioned for a more intuitive feel. The 7” touchscreen display with MZD Connect infotainment system is classy, with voice prompt, Navigation, Bluetooth and AUX/USB – CD player and SD card slot included. A spirited driving experience indeed, the 1.5, i-4, turbodiesel engine with SkyActiv Technology provides sufficient low-down throttle response of torque and acceleration just at the precise moment when you need it: from pull-off to overtaking on the highway. Producing 77kw of power, available only in automatic,... read more