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Smiley face Why Drivers Need to Be Vigilant After the First Spring Rains | Roadside Assistance

September 2016

Spring rain is a dangerous time for motorists. Unless they adopt caution on the slippery roads, they could end up requiring a towing service. Read more.


Smiley face Towing Services: How To Ensure Fast Service

August 2016

Being stuck on the side of the road is inconvenient under any circumstance. Having to wait for towing services should not be.


Smiley face Car Towing Services: What to do When They Cannot Reach You?

August 2016

You might ask the following question in a vehicle emergency: “What do I do when there aren’t any car towing services near me?” Well here\'s the answer...


Smiley face What Details Do You Need in the Event of an Accident?

August 2016

It’s impossible to predict when you might be involved in an accident, it is possible to prepared for what follows. Read more.


Smiley face Breakdown Services: Are you using the right petrol?

August 2016

Does breakdown insurance cover the incorrect use of petrol? Are you using the right petrol for you model of car? Here’s the answer…


Smiley face Pokémon GO: The Dangers of Playing While Driving

August 2016

Pokémon Go has only been available for a couple of weeks but it’s already taken over the world. What does this mean for driver and pedestrian safety?


Smiley face How to preserve your vehicle’s paint job

July 2016

Sometimes through no fault of your own – your vehicle’s paint job will be tainted by scratches. Here’s how to keep it looking good for longer.


Smiley face The true cost of vehicle ownership

July 2016

There are two sets of costs associated with owning a car – fixed and running costs. Do a proper estimation of both to work out what you can afford.


Smiley face Dashboard Warning Lights

July 2016

Dashboard warning lights can be confusing. What exactly do they mean and what should you do when they light up on your dashboard? Here’s a handy guide to the most common warning lights.


Smiley face Six ways to drive greener

July 2016


Smiley face Driving habits that are bad for your vehicle

June 2016

The way that you drive and the way that look after your car is damaging it more than you think.


Smiley face Things to do when shopping for vehicle insurance

June 2016

Car insurance is a grudge insurance, but something you cannot afford to be without. Here is a check list for any motorist shopping for cover.


Smiley face How to avoid or handle common road hazards

June 2016

Knowing how to avoid or handle hazards on the roads could save you from a dangerous accident, not to mention costly repairs.


Smiley face Diesel vs petrol – how to choose

June 2016

One of the biggest decisions to make when buying a car is whether to choose diesel or petrol power. There are various factors to take into consideration before you buy.


Smiley face Getting to know the ABC of car acronyms

June 2016

We’ve compiled a list of the 20 most common vehicle acronyms to help you learn your ABC!


Smiley face 5 ways you can save money on your car

May 2016

Every South African consumer is looking for ways to save money. Here are 5 ways you can save money on your car.


Smiley face Knowing your warranty from the service plan and maintenance contract

May 2016

Do you know what is covered under the warranty of your new vehicle? Have you taken out a service or maintenance contract? Here are the main differences between the three.


Smiley face Your guide to paying - or disputing - traffic infringement notices

May 2016

In this infographic we answer questions about paying or disputing traffic infringement notices for Gauteng and Tshwane


Smiley face Ten steps for overtaking on the open road

May 2016

Overtaking is probably one of the riskiest manoeuvres to undertake on the open road. Not only are you exposing yourself, and your vehicle to oncoming traffic, but often high speeds are at play. Here are ten steps for overtaking on the open road.


Smiley face Top 10 driver distractions

April 2016

Did you know that even the smallest actions behind the wheel may remove your attention from the road and potentially cause an accident? Find out what the most common driver distractions are in our infographic.


Smiley face How to help your child ace their driver’s license

April 2016

Learning to drive can be stressful – for both parents and teenagers! Here’s what you can do to help your child ace his or her driving test.


Smiley face AA Members, do you know about these 10 benefits?

April 2016

The Automobile Association (AA) is synonymous with emergency roadside assistance. But, did you know that AA Members also qualify for a number of other great benefits, including free technical advice, and directions from the call centre if you are lost.


Smiley face Protecting yourself from the sun

April 2016

The sun is dangerous, and sunburn isn’t just limited to a day at the beach or lying next to the pool. How can you protect yourself in the car? Find out in our infographic.


Smiley face Tyre guide for beginners

March 2016

Tyres affect not only a vehicle’s comfort and handling, but also the safety of driver and passengers. Yet they are often neglected by motorists. Here are a few simple tyre maintenance tips to help keep you, and your passengers, safe.


Smiley face Why you shouldn\'t smoke in the car with children on board

March 2016

Did you know that it is illegal to smoke in a car when travelling with children? Read our infographic and find out why it is frowned upon and why you should never do it.


Smiley face Seven ways to keep the kids busy in the car

March 2016

Kids are notoriously bad travellers and a car full of restless children is not only tiresome but a distraction for the driver trying to focus on the road ahead. Here are our creative ways to keep your car full of kids entertained and maybe even educated all the way to the coast.


Smiley face Dealing with bad service

February 2016

Having your vehicle serviced or repaired is inevitable. If the vehicle is still under warranty, this will usually happen at a dealership. However, once that warranty expires, vehicle owners may have to find a reputable aftermarket service provider.


Smiley face FLOWER

February 2016

Use the FLOWER acronym to easily remember all of the pre-trip inspection items that you need to check on your car.


Smiley face Leading causes of mechanical breakdowns

February 2016

No matter how well you look after your car, there may come a time when you have no choice but to spend money on repairs. But prevention is better than cure and spending money on vehicle maintenance can save you a lot of frustration, and time, down the line. According to Johan van Vreden, the South African Motor Industry Ombudsman, there are seven main mechanical problems which can cause a vehicle to breakdown. Being aware of these and being able to recognise them, perhaps even before they become a problem, is the key to hassle-free motoring.


Smiley face 5 Myths about drinking and driving

February 2016

In this infographic we debunk five of the most common myths about drinking and driving. Take a look.


Smiley face The qualities of a good driver

February 2016

The qualities of a good driver Everyone thinks they are a good driver. But, knowing the clutch from the brake pedal doesn’t necessarily make you a good driver. It’s a skill that demands constant honing and polishing, and it has a lot more to do with character and personality type than one would think.


Smiley face Be Pedestrian Wise

January 2016

Every year, 13 000 people die on South African roads, of these, over 4 000 are pedestrians. Find out how you can be pedestrian wise in our infographic.


Smiley face The AA voices concern over proposed amendments to AARTO Act

January 2016

Recent proposals to amend sections of the AARTO Act garnered substantial reaction from the public and non-governmental organisations. The proposed amendments will, amongst other things, enable authorities to withhold owner’s vehicle licenses if they have not paid e-tolls.


Smiley face A South African driver’s New Year’s resolutions

January 2016

The New Year tends to signify a new start for many of us. How can you as a South African driver use a fresh attitude and new mind-set to improve your driving or become a better driver? These New Year’s resolutions for the South African driver are easily attainable and could be a great way for you to usher-in 2016 with a positive attitude – and happy driving environment – on the road.


Smiley face 10 facts about the land speed record you probably didn’t know

December 2015

1. In 1997 the Thrust Supersonic Car (SSC) set the existing land speed record. In 2016 South Africa will get to see that record challenged by Bloodhound SSC, a vehicle with enormously powerful jet and rocket engines. It will attempt to break the existing record and achieve 1000 mph (1600 km/h) at Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape. Here are ten interesting facts about the land speed record that will get your motor racing. Thrust SSC set a really high precedent


Smiley face What to do if you breakdown

December 2015

Every motorist should plan for the day their vehicle breaks down. There is a lot that you can do to keep yourself, your passengers and your vehicle safe while you wait for emergency assistance. The golden rule is to remain calm, and of course, be prepared.


Smiley face Long distance driving tips

December 2015

With so many spectacular long-distance holiday destinations in South Africa, staying safe on the road is essential for you and your family. A ‘long distance’ trip is generally a trip of 300 km or more, or longer than three hours. Here are ten long distance driving tips that will help you this holiday season.


Smiley face Staying safe on the road

December 2015

We live in a beautiful country, but, as in other countries, there are hazards. Here are some tips to help you protect you and your family in the event of an incident.


Smiley face Learn how to control your road rage

November 2015

Research has shown that many motorists experience aggression directed at them on a daily basis.


Smiley face Five ways to spend your December bonus on your car

November 2015

Are you wondering what to do with your December bonus? Maybe you should consider using the extra money on your car. It is, after all, responsible for getting you to and from work, as well as keeping your family safe on the road. Investing some of your bonus on maintaining your vehicle makes good sense. Here are five smart ways to do just that.


Smiley face Eight golden rules for renting a car

October 2015

Whether you’re travelling for business or holiday, or you just need a vehicle if your car is out of action, you may consider renting a car. Renting a hire car is a serious business so we have put together eight golden rules for when you need to do this.


Smiley face Vehicle finance explained

October 2015

Unless you’re an accountant, vehicle finance is complicated. Do you know how finance terms work? Is it a good idea to take a residual? What about the interest rate – should you take fixed or linked? We spoke to WesBank for this beginner’s guide to financing the car of your dreams!


Smiley face How to buy a car on auction

October 2015

For a first-time bidder, the idea of buying a car at an auction can be daunting and scary. WesBank gave us these tips for negotiating your first auction.


Smiley face How to protect your car from hail damage

September 2015

In recent years, insurers have been warning clients of potential hailstorms to offset the risk of hail damage when a storm is imminent. Find out what can you do to protect your car from hail damage when you are on the road.


Smiley face How to find a reliable mechanic

September 2015

Servicing your car is an important part of keeping your “wheels” in good condition at all times. Regular servicing according to the manufacturer’s requirements should never be neglected, no matter how old your vehicle is.


Smiley face Do’s and don’ts for travelling long distance with your pets

September 2015

We all know how our pets are actually members of the family, welcoming you home after work and cuddling with you for ‘movie night’. But what about when it’s time for pooch or kitty to jump into the car for the drive down to the coast? What should\'t you do to make their journey comfortable and enjoyable journey?


Smiley face Accident scene 101: a beginner’s guide

September 2015

Accidents are every motorist’s worst nightmare. Countless crashes occur on South African roads daily. High traffic volumes in urban areas and hazards such as potholes and un-roadworthy vehicles, mean the chances of being involved in an accident are higher.


Smiley face Questions to ask before buying your next car

August 2015

Buying a car – either new or used – is not an easy decision. Where do you even start? We’ve put together a list of questions to ask yourself before you buy to ensure the car you take home serves you well for many years.


Smiley face How to deal with load shedding and traffic

August 2015

You face hours in the traffic instead of your normal daily commute when load shedding hits. From safety tips to our ideas for making good use of your time in the car, here is our guide to surviving load shedding traffic!


Smiley face Questions to ask when buying a car seat for your new baby

July 2015

It’s a daunting prospect, transporting your new baby in your car. How do you even begin to buy a car seat that will keep your precious passenger as safe as possible?


Smiley face 10 things to do when test driving a car

July 2015

Test-driving a car is a daunting task. How do you decide which car is right for you after just a short drive and a few minutes behind the wheel? These tips will ensure that you get the most out of your test drive and take the right vehicle home.


Smiley face The ins and outs of buying cars from private sellers

July 2015

What could be more exciting than buying a new car? But with all the daydreams of cruising down the highway in your new set of wheels comes a certain amount of trepidation, especially if you are buying from a private seller.


Smiley face Our top tips for keeping your car in good condition

July 2015

Maintaining your car’s showroom shine isn’t just about polishing and waxing. From bird droppings to basement parking lots, this is what you need to know about keeping your car in out of box condition.


Smiley face Planning the Great South African Road Trip

June 2015

How much of South Africa have you really seen? Find out how to plan your next road trip and start exploring our beautiful country.


Smiley face 9 ways to save on your holiday

June 2015

For all South Africans struggling to make ends meet, it is good to know that it is possible to enjoy a 5-star family holiday without breaking out the credit card.


Smiley face The experts guide to washing your car

June 2015

The most important piece of advice we can give is to never use dishwashing liquid or other detergents. These are usually designed to strip grease and grime off surfaces, so you can only imagine what they might do to your car.

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