How to stay safe and avoid a breakdown this winter

How to stay safe and avoid a breakdown this winter

Breakdowns are more common in the winter and road conditions can be really challenging. Here’s how to stay safe… No matter how well equipped your own car is, if a truck jack-knifes ahead of you, you’ll be stuck along with everyone else, so if you’re driving, pack a winter emergency kit, just in case. Vision Clean your windscreen inside and out. Keep the windscreen and other windows clear of dirt, snow and stickers, to avoid a fine. Air-con demists the screen faster and reduces condensation. Replace worn or damaged wiper blades. Don’t leave your wipers on auto when you park up if there’s a risk of frost.  If the blades freeze to the screen, you could damage the blades or wiper motor when you turn the ignition on. Use a suitable additive in your screen wash to reduce the chance of it freezing. Visibility Make sure all lights are working and lenses clean. If the roads are really mucky you might have to clean your lights after every trip. Keep number plates clean, to avoid fines. You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. If you use fog lights, remember to switch them off when visibility improves so they don’t dazzle other drivers or obscure your brake lights. Tyres We recommend at least 3mm of tread for the winter. Don’t let air out of your tyres to get more grip – it doesn’t work, and it’s unsafe. Before you set off Allow extra time for winter journeys. Try to get up at least 10 minutes early, to give you time to de-ice the car. Check fuel levels –...
Clear your vision this winter.

Clear your vision this winter.

Prevent your car from fogging up There’s nothing shoddier than a steamed-up car if you’re trying to leave in a hurry, and it can be unsafe if it happens as you’re driving along. This guide should help you to clear things up and make it less likely. Why do my windows fog up inside? When your windows are colder than the dew point (the temperature where dew forms) inside the car, and you have enough moisture in the air in your car, that moisture will condense on the windscreen and cause it to mist up. How do I get rid of it? 1.Demister pad – It’s always a good idea to keep a demister pad or cloth in your car. It’s a quick fix, but it works! 2.Air conditioning – If your car has air conditioning, turn it on! This removes the moisture from the air. 3.Heat – Turning the heater on will help to warm the windows so they are above the dew point. 4.Don’t recirculate – While the recirculate setting on your car’s heater might make it warm up more quickly, it means that the moisture stays inside the car! Turn this off to let the fresh air in and the water out. 5.Open the window – Obviously, this isn’t much good if it’s raining outside, but if not, opening the window a little bit can let out the moist air. Preventing fogged up windows 1.Shake off the water – It might sound obvious, but remember to shake any water off yourself and your umbrella if you’re coming in from the rain 2.Clean windows – Dust and...
The New Isuzu KB300 4×4, Doublecab, bakkie, LX – Rugged Just Got a Whole Lot Better.

The New Isuzu KB300 4×4, Doublecab, bakkie, LX – Rugged Just Got a Whole Lot Better.

The great outdoors has never held much of an interest to me: camping, mosquitoes, long-drops – are just not for me! I am more of a stay in a hotel or guesthouse kind of guy. But, I could not let anyone at Driving Dynamics Isuzu Off-road Academy know that.  While the course served as an opportunity to review the new Isuzu KB300 4×4, Doublecab, bakkie, LX and experience it in all its glory. My time on the Hennops off-road trail, and under the tutelage of 4×4 instructor, Marius Van Vuuren, transformed into a watershed moment, that changed my life! Only 5% of 4×4 bakkie owners, actually use their vehicle for what it was intended for, and do not tell me it is because our South African roads are so bad. Check-out the bakkies parked at your local super market, hardly a scratch on them – many have not even seen a mountain-top, let alone followed a 4×4 off-road trail. In saying that, people should also not attempt a 4×4 off-road trail unless they have the correct training and experience. Having a Diff-lock means nothing unless you know when to engage it and how to maneuver your 4×4 around obstacles when activated. Marius, recalls a particular 4×4 enthusiast, who unwittingly defied the laws of physics and rolled his brand new, out of the box Fortuna, like Marius says,”Always respect Mother Nature!” The 3L, turbodiesel, (common rail-direct injection), 4-cylinder, Dteq engine pushes out 130kw of power, whether in 5-speed manual or automatic guise, produces 380nm of torque. The KB300 is not the quickest on tar, but, one of the, if not,...
Alfa Romeo Help Put A Smile On A Child’s Face

Alfa Romeo Help Put A Smile On A Child’s Face

Exemplifying what Alfa Romeo stands for: “Without Heart, We Would Be Mere Machines.” Zwartkops was the venue for Alfa Romeo’s charity track day, an event organized to raise money for the Smile Foundation: a South African non-governmental organisation with a comprehensive health care vision for children living with facial conditions. Alfa Romeo had just the right bait – with people arriving in their droves, not want to miss the opportunity to ride in one of motoring history’s most illustrious sports car(s). The mated Helix of road and track DNA is what made the new Alfa Romeo Giulia QV the highlight of the day – even stealing some of the Alfa 4C’s thunder. With the Abarth 124, the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Giulia QV:  three cars at the top of my list that I am yearning to drive and review! I opted for a hot-lap in the Giulia QV.  The Giulia QV was everything I hoped it would be – everything an Alfa should be: fast, aggressive and stylish. It truly carries that X-factor, that something special; and you do not have to look hard to find it. The Giulia QV exterior design says, “I am sexy and I know it!” Alfa Romeo has an exciting product line up for 2017 and 2018. The Giulia QV is just the beginning: giving the brand a bit of a boost and setting the stage as one of the Italian automaker’s best flagship products. Dean...
The New Renault Kadjar 96kW TCe XP Limited Edition – Brings the Experience

The New Renault Kadjar 96kW TCe XP Limited Edition – Brings the Experience

The definition of XP,(Experience Points): An experience point (often abbreviated to exp or XP) is a unit of measurement used in tabletop role-playing games (RPGs) and role-playing video games to quantify a player character’s progression through the game. Experience points are generally awarded for the completion of quests, overcoming obstacles and opponents, and for successful role-playing – according to Wikipedia. The Kadjar XP is formidable and imposing in its stance – not to mention its sculpted aesthetics that make it a standout from the rest of the usual suspects. The Kadjar XP serves up a generous quotient of additional features: swan neck tow bar kit, side steps roof racks, 17″ alloy rims and cornering fog lights. The Kadjar is based on its less powerful, smaller and cheaper cousin – the Nissan Qashqai. Albeit a choice favourite, the Kadjar offers a bit more distinction. For a SUV of this size the handling is smooth and agile. The Kadjar’s suspension soaks up the bump-and-grind of our South African roads – determined that nothing would interrupt the peace and quiet of its occupants. It was my twelve year wedding anniversary and the Kadjar XP made the journey that much more special. We spent our day at the Kromdraai Lion and Rhino Park followed by a ninety-minute drive to Gasteplaas. The Kadjar XP, is essentially an entry-level Kadjar Expression, unlike so many SUV’s that perform well in one area, few can hold a flame to how the Kadjar performs on both tar and dirt roads. The Kadjar is supple and firmly planted to the road, regardless of the surface – or the surface condition. The...
First time car-buyer? Here’s what you need to know.

First time car-buyer? Here’s what you need to know.

If you are looking into buying your first car, here are a few things you need to know: Be patient Try to give yourself time and thoroughly research about the car you want to buy. One can consider investigating on fuel consumption and maintenance costs then weigh the options with other cars you consider buying. Save If you have just left university and started your first job, rather save every rand you earn. That’s going to mean driving around in your first car for a while – even if it’s your folks’ old car. Or, you could buy a low-budget car now and be saddled with debt or alternatively, save up for a better vehicle and not have to struggle to pay it off. There are many costs involved In the excitement of buying a new car it’s easy to forget about some other essentials such car maintenance. Costs can include tyres, which can run into the thousands depending on the type of car. Ensure your monthly budget lets you save up for this and other incidental costs. Think long-term You might think you have it all figured out right now but where will you be in five years? This is the kind of question you should be asking yourself when choosing the car you want. A sporty hatchback might suit your needs now but you might need more space if you are thinking of starting a family. If you do, just remember to not spend too much right now, so that when the time comes to trade-in you are not left in a position where you still owe...