New road rules in South Africa

New road rules in South Africa

The Department of Transport has released its roll-out plans for new road rules and regulations which will be launched in May this year. South African motorists can expect these regulations to come into effect from 1 May 2017 and they will prohibit bakkie drivers from both transporting children in the back of their vehicles, as well as stop them from carrying more than five passengers in the vehicle’s load bay. Heavy goods vehicles will now also be limited to certain speeds, depending on their weight, as well as having to display the ‘100 limit’ sticker. These new regulations include: Drivers will have to undergo a practical re-evaluation when renewing a licence. A complete review and revamp of the current K53 test. Speed limits to be reduced from 60km/h to 40km/h in urban areas, from 100 to 80km/h in rural areas and from 120 to 100km/h on freeways running through a residential area Goods vehicles above 9,000kg GVM to be banned from public roads during peak traveling times. Another question may be why there is no focus placed on policing and eradicating the scourge of corruption, which is likely the biggest problem facing the Department of Transport. There are even plans to offer driving lessons at schools in the near future, similar to what is done in the United States of America. Road Regulations of other countries Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic has the highest number of road accident deaths in the world. The number of road accident deaths per 100,000 people is 41.7, according to World Atlas statistics in 2016. Regulations Include: Using your mobile phone while driving is...
Top Tips for Keeping your Car in Good Condition

Top Tips for Keeping your Car in Good Condition

Prolong the life of your car and keep it in tip toe shape through the following tips: Establish a simple plan of attack. One way to think of this is to use the acronym T.O.W.B.I.F., which stands for Tires, Oil, Windows, Brakes, Interiors, and Fluids. Use your owner’s manual to establish a schedule for your car. Don’t put soap in the windscreen washer reservoir. Soapy water in the windscreen washer reservoir is a no-no because it runs off the glass onto the paintwork and dries there, leaving concentrated streaks of soap on the body. Over time, this can damage the paintwork. Tyres Make sure they are properly inflated to the manufacturer’s specified pressure. Tyres should be replaced when tread wear indicators are showing between the treads. Ask your local tyre dealer if you are unsure how to identify tread wear indicators. Check your tyres every other day for pressure and every week for wear or damage. Have them replaced when they become worn beyond acceptable limits. Oil Oil is the blood of your car, and without it, the car isn’t going to go far or quietly. Have your mechanic demonstrate how to check your oil properly.While oil manufacturers have claimed that their oil can last 10,000 miles, it is generally best to use the same oil for no more than 5,000 miles to maximize engine reliability and efficiency over the long term. Check the oil regularly, about once a week, and change the oil            Avoid parking in the sun The paintwork on your car is susceptible to sun damage. While modern paint jobs will withstand the sun’s destructive...
Puma Lubricants Joins Ford Performance NWM as Co-Sponsor of the 2017

Puma Lubricants Joins Ford Performance NWM as Co-Sponsor of the 2017

South African Cross Country Series A Match Made in Rally Racing Heaven   Puma Lubricants have leapt on-board to co-sponsor the Ford Performance and N.W.M team in this year’s South African Cross Country Series Auto – one of the world’s toughest and most competitive domestic cross-country championships in the world. ROUND DATE EVENT VENUE 1 31 March – 1 April Lichtenburg North West 2 12-13 May Dundee Battlefields Lodge KwaZulu-Natal 3 23-25 June Toyota Desert Race 1000 Jwaneng – Botswana 4 28-29 July TBC TBC 5 15-16 September Sun City North West  6 27-28 October TBC TBC Puma Lubricants, originally from Argentina, whose holding company Puma Energy, have an invested interest in Africa that spans nineteen(19) African countries, as well as America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. This year Puma Lubricants aim, is to prove too the South African racing fraternity, and competitors, why they are the got-to motorsport lubricant of choice.  Richard Beckers, B2B & Lubricants Manager for Africa, Puma Energy, said “We are very excited to be sponsoring one of the top teams in one of the most competitive cross country championships in the world. This is the first time we are sponsoring a motor racing team in South Africa and we look forward to assisting Neil Woolridge Motorsport with enormous potential to achieve its goals in 2017. As a business expanding across Africa, this ties in nicely with our aim to deliver greater benefits for drivers as well as increased productivity for key growing industries including mining, agriculture, construction, light and heavy transport, and the B2B market in general.” Puma Lubricants have sponsored racing teams...
The New Esteemed Mazda Astina Plus(Auto)

The New Esteemed Mazda Astina Plus(Auto)

The new Mazda3 Astina Plus certainly carries all the plus features of a competent C-Segment hatchback. Like a Swiss Army knife equipped with a cork-screw opener, blade, reamer, can-opener and a screwdriver. The Mazda3 Astina Plus model has impressive standard equipment of its own: Smart City Brake Support / Intelligent Low-Speed Braking Support, Adaptive LED Headlights, (ALH), Lane Keep Assist / Lane Departure Warning, Driver Attention Alert, (DAA) and Blind Spot Monitoring.    Everything fits together, from the interior layout, seating position to the overall drivetrain – the performance however is more Wushu than Ninjitsu. If only there was a button to summon a magic genie, who would appear on the infotainment screen and grant you one simple wish – “I wish this Mazda3 had a turbo.” With the genie replying, “I am talented, but not that talented.” The SkyActive Technology, 121kw, 2.0L, i4 engine lacks that bottom-end urgency you would expect from such a brilliant motor. Coupled to a 6-speed,(paddle shift) automatic gearbox and Sport mode function – but with only 210nm of torque  @4000rpm the Mazda3 finds it stride on the open road and is a perfect people-carrier for negotiating the perils of urban driving. Average fuel consumption is around 8/8.5L/100km. The revised model line-up is kitted with SkyActiv-Vehicle Dynamic Technology, which includes G-Vectoring Control: a chassis integrated dynamic feature of the car that amalgamates the drivetrain, lightweight body/frame and chassis to create a kindred connection with the driver: based on Mazda’s  engineering design philosophy of Jinba ittai  – ‘unity between horse and rider’. G.V.C is a driver centric program that fine-tunes the engine’s torque, in exact response...
Review: 2017 Toyota 86

Review: 2017 Toyota 86

The Toyota 86 is regarded a modern classic popular with car lovers. For 2017, the 86 receives a styling refresh, updated interior materials and some tweaks to the engine and suspension. The design is classic two-plus-two sports car: Long of nose and short rear deck, with a wide and lowered stance. Revisions include a wider front intake, a sharper fascia that reportedly improves downforce and aerodynamics, the “86” logo behind the front fender, standard LED headlights and taillights, and new fog lights. The Toyota 86 features a minor refresh that includes some exterior styling changes, revised suspension settings, a bit more power, and upgraded interior materials. The changes make it more attractive, more comfortable, a bit quicker, and give it better grip as the rear wheels push it through the corners. The Toyota 86 is a true sports car designed with the driving enthusiast in mind. It’s not like a Ford Mustang that feels bigger and bulky. It’s small, quick in the corners and it performs like more expensive sports cars. That was Subaru’s and Toyota’s goal and they succeeded in producing a sports car that pegs the fun-to-drive meter. The 86 still uses the Subaru-derived 2.0-litre Boxer four-cylinder engine with Toyota’s unique D-4S fuel injection system, which alternates between direct and port injection depending on demand. Manual models receive a power upgrade to 205 horsepower and 156 lb.-ft. of torque – up from 200 and 151, respectively – while output on automatic models remain unchanged. The drilled aluminum pedals are perfectly placed for heel-and-toe footwork. The most important upgrades are the suspension and chassis. The frames were made...
The Story of the Enigmatic Renault Interceptor continued………

The Story of the Enigmatic Renault Interceptor continued………

The legend behind the Interceptor lies in obscurity like a top-secret government project. However, as destiny would have it, that which was done in secret must be brought into the light. Never before has there been another follow-up story on this car until now. The Interceptor had no mercy for speedsters, relentless in its pursuit of justice – much like Robocop but on four wheels. Only three drivers: Marius Harmse, (Sales Manager at McCarthy Renault The Glen), Chris Olivier, (O.M at Traffic Management Technologies), J.M.P.D Sgt Johan’Toitjie’ Du Toit, were authorized to drive the Interceptor. Their mission: “Fight crime, and do it as fast as possible!” The project was called N.A.G1, it was an Arrive Alive campaign in alliance with the J.M.P.D. The aim of the campaign was, have an elite high-speed police unit who possessed both the skills and the machines to chase down speeding motorists. At the time, a 1.8T VW Jetta, GTi  6, Audi A3, Honda, Opel Kadett and Ford Focus ST had been tested – but there were major draw-backs. These vehicles were excellent in their own right, but by the fourth, fifth high-speed chase, they had problems with turbo-lag and the brakes overheated. Marius Harmse, who was the Sales Manager at McCarthy Renault The Glen, heard about the project, via the grapevine, and was confident that the Renault Megane ll 225 F1 was the car they needed to make N.A.G1 a success. He contacted the Johannesburg Metro Police Department, who emphatically turned-down his offer, their response, “How can a French import meet their standards?” Being the ‘biggest ever, die hard Renault fan you will...