ARTICLES RELATING TO DRIVING

Serial texter mows down cyclist - 'doesn't care'

2014-04-17 07:38

A learner driver in Australia has had her licence revoked and issued a R44 000 fine after hitting a cyclist while texting behind the wheel. Her response to police: 'I just don’t care..'

96% of SA kids wish parents ‘would drive safer’

2014-04-15 15:04

A survey of SA households revealed that 96% of children wish their parents would take fewer risks.

HIV may affect older patients' driving skills

2014-04-07 15:05

A test has determined that older people with HIV may have compromised mental skills that could affect their driving ability.

Time for action on older drivers?

2014-03-27 15:20

Worrying about an elderly relative driving? 42% of Britons polled are concerned about their older relatives getting behind the wheel.

UK worries about old folk on roads

2014-03-06 15:30

The UK Department for Transport may consider relaxing the age at which drivers must renew their licence from 70 to 80, reports road safety charity Brake. Good idea - or not?

Fines for parents: Readers respond

2014-02-11 09:24

A survey of more than 4000 drivers has shown that parents who ignore road laws during the chaotic pick up/drop off of children at schools should be punished. Wheels24 readers respond.

Irresponsible parents ‘drive me mad’

2014-02-11 08:58

Wheels24 reader CARA WOOLLACOTT believes the rules of the road should be enforced not just outside schools during drop-off/pick-up times but in general in SA.

Men with ADHD need medication when driving

2014-01-30 12:39

According to a Swedish study, adult men with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may avoid traffic accidents if they take their prescribed medication.

Driving decline: Car-use dropping

2014-01-21 08:41

Driving appears to have levelled and even fallen in many of the world's advanced economies long before the global downturn in 2008, according to transport experts. What's more, youngsters, especially young men, are driving much less.

World-first: 100 self-driving Volvos

2013-12-02 13:38

100 self-driving cars are about to be set free on Swedish roads in the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving project - 'Drive Me'.

Push for anti-drunk driver tech

2013-11-15 14:38

Collision avoidance, seat belt interlocks and alcohol detection systems... The US government is speeding up research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers from operating their cars if they are drunk.

'Helpful' car tips fire gender row

2013-10-31 08:49

‘Don’t wear high heels while driving, don’t panic if you’re going the wrong way...' Beijing Police have released 'helpful tips for female drivers' but few drivers are convinced as the tips are discriminatory.

SA's team of road-death busters

2013-09-20 09:05

A team of experts has been assembled to help the South African government halve the 14 000 annual road-death toll by 2020, national transport minister Dipuo Peters has announced.

Drinking affects people's views on drunk driving

2013-09-13 09:04

People who believe it's wrong to get behind the wheel while drunk may change their minds after actually becoming intoxicated, a new study suggests.

Put brakes on those flip-flops

2013-08-21 08:47

They may be ideal footwear for summer but flip-flops are more dangerous to drive in than high heels, according to a survey.

Data pops car 'cell peril' tale

2013-08-13 10:53

For decades it’s been widely claimed that using a handheld cellphone when driving causes crashes. Now a study says, well, it just ain't so. How come?

Driver behaviour: Learn from ants?

2013-07-19 09:10

Back in 2008, Author Tom Vanderbilt published a book dealing with the idiosyncrasies of drivers. Vanderbilt suggested we could learn from "the world's best commuters" - army ants.

New rules to combat drug-driving

2013-07-10 10:14

British authorities have published a proposal to make it easier to prosecute people who drive under the influence of drugs.

Speech-to-text distracting drivers

2013-06-12 12:31

A study reveals that speech-to-text devices can prove to be a distraction behind the wheel, even more so than listening to the radio or conversing with passengers.

Nearly a fifth of designated drivers are impaired

2013-06-10 10:18

They may volunteer to be the one to get their friends home safely, but "designated drivers" often drink - even to a level that impairs them behind the wheel.

Hungry boy (6) steals dad’s car

2013-04-16 08:06

A six-year old boy was pulled over by police after he had borrowed his father’s car to get Chinese food at 6am in Michigan.

Driving a Ferrari? Child's play!

2013-04-11 09:32

Irresponsible parenting alert: This video shows two youngsters in India riding around in a V8-powered Ferrari F430.

Banned Tevez out driving again

2013-03-11 13:41

Manchester City player Carlos Tevez, who received a six-month driving ban in January 2013 could face jail after being arrested for driving his Porsche Cayenne while banned.

Reckless M5 drifts through traffic

2013-01-18 09:05

Watching a BMW M5 drift around a racetrack is breathtaking but performing the same stunts in traffic is reckless and irresponsible as one driver shows.

 

96% of SA kids wish parents ‘would drive safer’

2014-04-15 15:15

A survey of SA households revealed that 96% of children wish their parents would take fewer risks behind the wheel. Find out what SA kids think of their parents' driving!

96% of SA kids wish parents ‘would drive safer’

2014-04-15 11:24

A survey of SA households revealed that 96% of children wish their parents would take fewer risks behind the wheel. Find out what SA kids think of their parents' driving!

Hands-free cellphones don't make driving safer

2014-04-03 16:06

The US National Safety Council found that using a hands-free device while driving is no safer than using a hand-held phone because both are a distraction.

Time for action on older drivers?

2014-03-27 10:21

Worrying about an elderly relative driving? 42% of Britons polled are concerned about their older relatives getting behind the wheel - though were unlikely to do anything about it.

UK worries about old folk on roads

2014-03-06 13:57

The UK Department for Transport may consider relaxing the age at which drivers must renew their licence from 70 to 80, reports road safety charity Brake. Good idea - or not?

Fines for parents: Readers respond

2014-02-11 09:00

A survey of more than 4000 drivers has shown that parents who ignore road laws during the chaotic pick up/drop off of children at schools should be punished. Wheels24 readers respond.

Car drivers often unaware of motorcycles

2014-01-31 15:03

Many car drivers who have just crashed into a motorcycle claim they didn't see the other vehicle.

Driving decline: Car-use dropping

2014-01-21 11:31

Driving appears to have levelled and even fallen in many of the world's advanced economies long before the global downturn in 2008, according to transport experts. What's more, youngsters, especially young men, are driving much less.

Advanced driving for SA youngsters

2013-12-03 09:33

Shock-absorber manufacturer Monroe has launched an advanced driving school specifically for younger drivers. Watch the video to see how they handled it!

Push for anti-drunk driver tech

2013-11-19 11:30

Collision avoidance, seat belt interlocks and alcohol detection systems... The US government is speeding up research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers from operating their cars if they are drunk.

#Look, no hands: Car selfie craze

2013-11-04 10:37

What could be more distracting than texting while driving? A reckless trend has gripped Instagram as drivers post ‘selfies’ taken at the wheel. Toyota released an advert ‘Don’t shoot and drive'.

Getting gramps out of his Ferrari

2013-10-24 10:59

Telling someone he/she is too old to drive calls for a difficult conversation… Here’s how to encourage the elderly to give up their ticket to freedom, in a nice way.

Cruise control: Long-run danger?

2013-09-18 13:16

Cruise control helps reduce speeding but at the cost of alertness on a long journey, a study has found.

Mellow music may stave off road rage

2013-09-02 07:31

Tune in to some mellow music in the car and there's a chance you'll be less susceptible to road rage, researchers claim.

Bus driver nailed for manicure

2013-08-15 13:31

There's negligence and then there's a bus driver fired for giving himself a manicure while driving. Watch the video!

ADHD makes teen drivers worse

2013-08-13 10:40

Teens with ADHD are worse drivers than their peers and texting only compounds their problems on the road, a new study shows.

Texting granny-killer teen jailed

2013-07-11 11:04

A texting teenager who killed a 72-year-old grandma in a horror crash has been jailed for 42 months for that and for repeatedly violating parole.

Boy (7) chauffeurs drunk dad

2013-06-21 10:16

Aussie police pulled over a seven-year-old boy chauffeuring home his drunk father. Queensland transport minister Scott Emerson said: "I shake my head."

Putting the brakes on high heels

2013-06-12 11:32

A survey shows that your footwear could affect your driving as well as your safety behind the wheel, reports Fleet Magazine.

Seniors more likely to crash when driving with pet

2013-05-27 09:26

Elderly people who always drive with a pet in the car are far more likely to crash than those who never drive with a pet, researchers have found.

Voice to text just as dangerous to drivers as texting

2013-04-24 09:31

Using voice to send text messages while driving is just as dangerous as texting with fingers.

Reader: Plan for SA road safety

2013-04-12 13:07

Reader GERRIT KELLERMAN believes that "if there is any earnest commitment from the government to reduce the slaughter on South African roads” it should follow his plan for road safety.

Learner Driver Diaries: What does this button do?

2013-03-14 00:00

What can you expect in your first driving lesson? A lot of talk, a lot of checks, and a fair amount of panic, says Kele Scheppers.

Death by texting

2013-01-24 14:00

Watch this devastating video on the dangers of texting while driving.

Reckless M5 drifts through traffic

2013-01-17 09:46

Watching a BMW M5 drift around a racetrack is breathtaking but performing the same stunts in traffic is reckless and irresponsible. Watch a driver power his way through a European city! VIDEO

 
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