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Buying car parts online

This blog post, written by journalist Paul Collings for aBr Magazine, is reproduced here with the kind permission of Litage Publishing. South African consumers are a cautious lot on the whole and have been relatively slow to adopt online shopping as a …

Driving tips: Hand position

Picture this: A driver is holding his phone to his ear with his right hand; he has a take-away cup of coffee in his left hand; and is steering the vehicle with his elbows… I am sure you would not want to be anywhere near such a driver! (I know I …

Driving tips: Music in the car

The holiday season is around the corner and many of us will be driving to our destination. With music turned on, naturally. Listening to music in the car is a popular activity, but have you ever wondered how it affects your driving, and whether it …

Driving tips: towing a trailer

Please don't confuse towing a trailer with driving a car. They only seem the same. If you are preparing to tow a trailer or caravan, you need to make sure you know what you are doing. The first and most important step is to ensure that both the trailer …

Driving tips: the brakes

I hope you’ll never experience the heart-sinking sensation that grips you when you step on your brake pedal... and nothing happens. That’s when you learn to really appreciate your car’s braking system! The brakes are one of the most important parts of …

Volkswagen Tiguan reviewed

Since its launch in 2007, the Volkswagen Tiguan has sold over 2.8 million units. In the 2017 edition, Volkswagen tried to make it look a bit different from the Golf on which it was based. The 2017 Tiguan is bigger, better looking and more desirable …

Driving tips: The windscreen basics

Modern windscreens have a twofold function: to ensure good visibility and to contribute to the vehicle’s overall strength and safety. From both points of view, it is essential to keep it in good condition. Here’s how:   Clean it. Light …

Driving tips: How to adjust side mirrors

The chances are, you adjust your side mirrors the way whoever taught you how to drive told you to do it, blissfully unaware of the controversy that has been raging through the motoring world ever since 1995. That is when George Platzer, an engineer from …

The world’s meanest SUVs

Gone are the days of SUVs as bulky, truck-like vehicles with big engines  which move at a snail's pace, but still guzzling all your fuel. Not too long ago, an SUV clocking 0-100km/h in less than 8 seconds was completely unheard of. Gone are those …

Driving tips: The importance of defensive driving

  Why should all drivers learn defensive driving?     In South Africa, the number of vehicles on the roads increases each year. With so many people commuting every day, and with so many drivers driving recklessly and outright …