ANCAP ad destroys cars and old myths head-on

Mark Schneider | 30/08/2018 9:31:55 AM

“I feel so much safer in my old car. It’s just so much better built and more solid than these new ones and I’m sure it will protect me better in a crash.” Some old motoring myths die hard, like that one. The truth, of course, is that virtually all new cars are safer than the old ones. The days when the only car makers making safety a priority were Volvo and Mercedes are long gone. Older vs Newer Corolla ANCAP, Australasia’s independent non-profit cras...

Modern trucks make for safer roads says trucking industry

Mark Schneider | 26/04/2018 1:54:44 PM

A shocking rise in road deaths involving trucks in New South Wales has seen the truck industry's peak body call upon government and industry stakeholders to improve road safety measures. The Truck Industry Council (TIC) has backed calls by the Toll Group's Managing Director, Michael Byrne, for the federal government to create incentives for trucking businesses to upgrade to new, safer trucks. Road deaths involving trucks in NSW rose from 29 to 54 in 2017 – an increase of...

Are high-tech safety features a driving distraction?

Mark Schneider | 23/04/2018 11:09:28 AM

Today's cars come packed with an astonishing array of features that just a few years ago would have seemed like science fiction. Many of them, such as lane centring and automatic braking systems, are designed to keep us safe and secure on the roads. But what if all those features with their range of options, their buttons and all those things that beep at you were distracting you from the vital task of driving? Well that's the question that's been raised by an American survey ...

Counterfeit parts can cost dollars and lives

Mark Schneider | 16/04/2018 10:24:02 AM

Counterfeit car parts are threatening to cost Australian motorists thousands in repairs, but worse than that, it could cost them their lives. Oil filters, brake pads and airbag triggering devices are just some of the fake parts doing the rounds in a dodgy illegal industry thought to be worth almost $20 Billion worldwide. In many cases the parts look identical to the genuine product and come in packaging that so closely mimics them that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. ...

Five of the oldest safety features

Mark Schneider | 16/04/2018 8:24:21 AM

It's a sobering fact that the history of cars goes hand-in-hand with the history of road deaths. The first automotive fatality dates back to 1869 when the unfortunate Mary Ward was thrown from an experimental steam car and run over as it rounded a corner in Ireland. For much of that history vehicle safety has been something of an afterthought, but today, thankfully, safety is a central concern of most new car buyers, along with practicality, economy, style and price. But...

Are you overloading your ute?

Mark Schneider | 28/03/2018 7:37:02 AM

Isuzu Australia has done tradies and business people a great service by putting together a webinar, "Is Your Load Killing Your Ute" highlighting the dangers of overloading utes, and it's well worth watching. According to Isuzu's Simon Humphries many business owners are blissfully unaware of how easy it is to overload their utes. It's a common practice that puts drivers at risk and damages vehicles long term while increasing the likelihood of copping some pr...

Safer automotive maintenance products welcomed

Mark Schneider | 24/01/2018 10:55:38 AM

It's a sad fact that more Australians are killed working on their cars than by Great Whites lurking in the surf. Each year around five Australians are killed by vehicles falling on them during maintenance, with a further 43 injured. It's a grim statistic that the Australian Government is keen to do something about. The government has recently strengthened safety standards on automotive maintenance products including motor vehicle recovery straps, portable ramps and vehicle sup...

Cutting down Christmas car time

Mark Schneider | 11/12/2017 8:00:00 AM

Christmas holidays are a time of joy and happiness, of families coming together to share some quality time and relax. Or at least that's how it's meant to be. But when you're stuck in traffic stretching out to eternity and the guy in the car in front of you is swearing and waving his fist at the driver in the car in the other lane it's all too easy to forget all that. The traffic during the festive season can really put a dampener on the fun and frivolity and the car is on...

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Safer stowing makes for happy holidays

Mark Schneider | 8/12/2017 2:17:33 PM

Happy holidays begin with a well-packed car. Luggage that's packed to the roof, blocking your rear vision while the kids are crammed in between the last minute odds and ends is a recipe for a stressful, miserable journey and a possible disaster. Badly packed cars are dangerous. For starters, packing your holiday gear to the roof will impair your vision. You really do need to know what's going on around you when you're on the road at all times. Find out more ...

Christmas crashes needn't be calamitous

Mark Schneider | 6/12/2017 8:54:03 AM

It's that time of year again. The weather's warming-up, the cricket's on the TV again and our thoughts are turning to Christmas shopping, holidays and getting together with friends and family. It should be a happy time for all, of course, but all too often the festive season is marred by accidents, and especially accidents on the road. In fact the Christmas holidays are notorious for car crashes. Increased traffic, distractions, tiredness and even stress can turn into a danger...

Can using seat belts wrongly cause injury?

Mark Schneider | 5/12/2017 2:46:02 PM

Modern cars come packed with an impressive array of safety devices designed to prevent accidents in the first place and to protect the driver and passengers should one still happen. But one of the most vital pieces of safety equipment is actually one of the oldest. It's the seat belt. The three-point seat belt was invented by Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin in 1958 and became standard equipment in Volvos the following year. Seat belts have undergone quite a bit of change since then w...

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Five things to remember for designated drivers

Mark Schneider | 27/11/2017 11:09:46 AM

Christmas may be the season of goodwill, relaxing and getting together with family and friends, but it's also one of the most dangerous times on our roads. In fact the Australian Transport Safety Bureau tell us that more passengers, women and children under 15 are killed during Christmas holidays than at any other time of the year. One of the biggest causes of road crashes at this, or any other time, is alcohol. It's only natural that most of us let our hair down over the festive ...

Changing your flat tyre safely

Mark Schneider | 14/09/2017 1:00:07 PM

Flat tyres don’t happen very often, but when they do it’s a fair bet that they’re going to happen at the worst possible time and place. Thankyou Mr Murphy for your infallible law. But don’t panic, here’s some straightforward instructions for changing that tyre.   Firstly make sure that you’re as safe and as visible as possible by putting on your hazard lights. If you have something bright and visible to wear, put it on.   Check your spare ...

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Tips for selecting the right tyres

Jess Wallace | 12/09/2017 9:55:05 AM

The only things which connect your car to the road are your tyres, so needless to say they are a critical factor of safety and ride quality. When choosing tyres it can be easy to get bogged down in technical terminology or be overwhelmed by the many brands and varieties available. This article takes a look at important factors to consider when selecting tyres to ensure you make the right selection for your vehicle. Driving conditions Driving conditions can determine which tread patter...

5 Critical Car Tyre Maintenance Tips

Jess Wallace | 6/09/2017 8:45:29 AM

Keeping your tyres in good condition is an essential aspect of car maintenance, and it is both illegal and dangerous to drive with non-roadworthy tyres. There are a number of things you need to consider with respect to tyre maintenance. This article takes a look at five critical car tyre maintenance tips so you can drive confidently and safely. 1. Tyre rotation Tyres are often moved from one position on the car to another to ensure even wear and tear. Front tyres carry more of the car...

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