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same-sex transport

Would you feel safer in same-sex transport?

Would you feel safer in same-sex transport? 70% of women said they would feel safer in a same-sex transport system. This is according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of nearly 6 300 women in 15 of the world’s largest capitals, including New York. The women said they would feel safer in single-sex areas on buses and trains.

This may come across as a foreign concept, but it has already been put into operation. The world’s largest capital, Tokyo, was one of the first to introduce female-only cars on trains to stop women being abused. It has been followed by cities where sexual assault is more prevalant such as Mexico City and Jakarta.

This trend comes as reports of female-abuse is on the rise and studies link safe transport to female economic empowerment.

The question of whether this concept is practical is still being argued by experts who remain critical. However, most women favour the idea. Claudine Saldua, a 21-year-old student, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation:”Sometimes I go to the women’s area especially when I observe that there are a lot of boys in my lane.”

Laura Howley (29), a personal assistant working in London, said: “I’ve never felt unsafe on the tube or trains… I wouldn’t actively seek out a women-only carriage. I think there could be a backlash against women because of it and maybe create an anti-female feeling.”

Emily May, co-founder of anti-harassment group Hollaback! in New York, said there was no “one size fits all” solution to stop harassment on transport but it was critical to address as women gave up jobs and even moved home due to transport fears. “There certainly are people in some countries in which women-only carriages have been implemented that love them and feel so much safer because of them. But I think they are band-aid solutions and I don’t think they are the kind of change we want. We don’t want to be telling women that they have to ride in a different car or that they have to walk down a different street or wear different clothes.”

Would you feel safer if there were women-only public transport available? Tell us what you think.




Hyundai’s Genesis is the safest car around

If you really want to ensure your safety on the road, seeking a safe car is always a good idea – and the safest one around at the moment seems to be the Genesis. Hyundai’s new flagship luxury sedan, Genesis, has achieved the highest score in the 21-year history of testing in the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), with 36,88 points out of a possible 37 and a maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

The Genesis’ tally of 36,88 points includes a frontal offset score of 15,88 out of 16 and a side impact protection score of 16 out of 16. Genesis also scored 2 out of 2 in the pole test and a whiplash protection test rating of “good”.

A 5-star safety rating is ANCAP’s ultimate measure of vehicle safety protection for occupants and pedestrians. The demanding assessment includes a 64 km/h frontal offset test and a 50 km/h side impact test, along with a 29 km/h pole test, a whiplash test simulating a 32 km/h rear-end crash, and a 40 km/h pedestrian impact protection test. A minimum number of active safety assist technologies (SATs) are also required.

Earlier this year, the all-new Genesis was the first and only rear-wheel drive vehicle in its class to receive the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest honor as a 2014 Top Safety Pick. Genesis was also the first rear-wheel drive luxury sedan to earn a “good” rating in the IIHS’s small overlap crash test.

“The Genesis is Hyundai’s flagship model and as such offers a high level of physical crash worthiness and excellent safety features as standard,” said ANCAP chairman Mr Lauchlan McIntosh.

If you are interested in the safety of your car, you can search crash test results and learn more about safety technologies.


The tips you need for travelling with your dog

Travelling with your dog might not be the easiest of tasks, but we do it anyway as we love our canine friends so much! Travelling with your dog was probably can be a bit of an adventure for the first time, and it takes some getting used to (for you and the dog). Here are some things you need to know before taking your dog friend for a ride:

- First-time dog owners need to be aware that not all canines can handle road trips without prior practice – not even around the block a few times. Therefore, it’s recommended you first go for a few practice runs before you take them on a long road trip.

- It’s not recommend to seat the travel buddy in the front passenger because a potential airbag deployment is dangerous for your four-footed companion.

- Other areas in the car such as the floor of the seats or the boot are the best places to accommodate your pet, but don’t forget to stretch out a blanket over the area. It provides a bit of cushioning and helps with not letting the dog slide on the floor during acceleration, braking, cornering and other potentially unsafe situations.

- If you indeed need or want to travel with your furry friend on the seats, take a look at some of these dog car-seats.

- Dog’s might love to ride with their heads outside of the vehicle, but this is actually dangerous and road signs or other traffic participants that pass you too close for comfort might hurt your beloved pet.

- A big no-no is feeding your dog too much before setting off because motion sickness can kick in (especially if your pet is not used to car-rides).

- Another very important tip when travelling by car with your dog is to take breaks.

- Lastly, and possibly the most important, never leave your dog alone in the car. It’s inhumane to do so because cabin temperature can rise to double the temperature outside in under five minutes on hot days, even with the windows slightly open.



Arrive Alive safety tips that will save your life

Instead of pointing out tips for certain instances, Arrive Alive provides timeless tips to inform road users and ultimately make the road a much safer space.

There are three main aspects to dangerous roads – 85% driver error, 10% vehicle error and 5% environmental error. Johan Jonck explains:

Environmental error is the cause of about 5% of accidents that take place on the road. There is not much one can do but the following:

1. Stay Alert
2. Regulate Speed
3. Give yourself enough time
4. Avoid distractions
5. Plan
6. Avoid and adjust

Vehicle error counts for about 10% of dangerous happenings on the roads. In this case what you can do to prevent vehicle error is:

1. Vehicle maintenance
2. Always make sure the little things such as you tyres, your windscreen wipers ect are in good working condition. A lot can go wrong from a little fault in your car.
3. Always make sure your spare tyre is up to date- you never know when you will be needing it!!

The biggest aspect to dangerous roads is of course driver error. Johan explains that this mainly happens due to people that don’t follow simple road rules such as the speed limit or safe overtaking. To prevent human error, one can do the following:

1. Obey the simple rules of the road.
2. Make sure you are ‘’driver-fit’’.
3. Never, under any circumstances, drive when you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or when you are extremely tired.

The main causes for head-on collisions are the following: illegal overtaking, fatigued drivers, distracted driving and drink driving. Johan gives advice and says the best way to protect yourself on the road is to ‘’drive defensively’’. He says, ‘’Always make sure that you do everything in your power to ensure your own safety and the safety of your passenger and fellow road users. Give yourself enough time and enough space.’’

young smiling woman sitting in car taking key

Do you know what happens when a rental car gets stolen?

What happens when a rental car gets stolen? This is the question Sanera Maharaj of Durban had to ask herself after bad luck had hit her the second time after her rental car (a VW Polo Vivo) was stolen. For Maharaj the answer was obvious, or so she thought.

Maharaj’s bad luck began a week earlier when she crashed her car. Her insurance policy included car hire in an event like this, and she was directed to First Car, where she was told her liability in the event of damage to or theft of the car would be R3 000.

So, after the VW Polo was stolen she returned to the car rental company with the keys and was invoiced for R3 000, a sum she had expected to pay. However, what she didn’t expect is that a week later she had gotten an invoice of R121 000 – the full value of the car.

“I was told that I was negligent in that I didn’t return the car keys,” she told Consumer Watch.

Maharaj, who is a part-time student, said she had not been warned that if she parked the rental car overnight in a residential street she would be liable in full for the loss if it was stolen.

Responding, First Car Rental’s head of marketing, Melissa Storey, said “the absence of” the car keys always raised suspicion when a rental car was reported stolen by the renter, but in Maharaj’s case “it seems that it was a miscommunication due to too many parties being involved” and the key was eventually found.

However, even though Maharaj had returned the keys, the company had concluded that she had been negligent in parking the car where she did.

“Our terms state that we require the renter to safely secure our vehicle, and that the theft loss waiver does not cover driver negligence,” Storey said.

It is important to note that car rental companies’ vehicles are not insured. The companies “self insure”, with their customers being made to pay “theft/loss waivers”, not to be confused with an insurance excess.

There are the ”obvious” things you can’t do while driving a rental, which will end up with you paying, such as drink-driving. However, here are also some ”not-so-obvious” things which cancel the waiver (things the renter is not aware of, but should be): driving on “unsuitable” roads; driving through a “dust storm”, water or pothole damage, all undercarriage damage and failing to report damage or loss within a stipulated time.

The moral of the story is to always be sure to read the fine print and make absolutely sure what the ”terms and conditions” of certain car rental companies are.

(Source: IOL Motoring)

women's hand presses on the remote control car alarm

Car jamming a trend in Cape Town, especially Durbanville!

We have advised our readers on car-lock jamming before, but now it’s becoming apparent that this is a trend in Cape Town – or more specifically – the Durbanville (Northern Suburbs) area.

At the monthly meeting of the Durbanville Community Police Forum (DCPF) last week Col Marius Swanepoel of the Durbanville police said there has been a few of these incidents reported in the business centre in the last three weeks.

Jamming is done with a remote control often very similar to the ones used to open entrance gates or garage doors. During these incidents, valuable items such as cell phones, cameras, handbags etc were stolen out of the vehicles.

The police officer said that the criminal will wait around in another car to wait for their victims. Rather take all valuables out of your car when you have parked. You should also check that your car is locked before you walk away as the jamming device works as you are locking your car.  The infrared signal interferes with that of your car’s remote control if you are locking your car at the same time – leaving your car unlocked.

Learn more about car-remote jamming here.