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Check out the latest in road safety technology!

Whether you’re swerving out the way to avoid an errant taxi, or braking as the driver ahead of you is distracted by their mobile device – road safety is an everyday challenge and should be of top priority when purchasing a new vehicle, especially while driving in South Africa!


Euro NCAP created a five-star road safety rating system to help consumers decide which vehicle meets their safety needs. The more stars the safer the car is deemed, as the rating is based on a combination of tests that the car undergoes.


Imperial Auto dealerships stock a range of vehicles that offer outstanding Euro NCAP safety ratings, including the most innovative road safety features available!


These include:

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
These systems improve road safety by identifying critical situations early and providing the driver with a warning. So effective are these systems that according to a global study, Low Speed AEB technology leads to a 38% reduction in real-world rear-end crashes. Most of these systems use radar, stereo cameras and LIDAR-based technology to identify potential collision situations. Either by warning the driver of an impending collision, or by reducing the speed of the vehicle to avoid impact.

Blind Spot Monitoring
A vehicle’s ‘blind spot’ is just behind and to one side of the vehicle it is overtaking. Many accidents are caused by a vehicle changing lanes unaware of the vehicle in their blind spot. Several manufacturers have developed radar or camera based systems that monitor these blind spots and alert the driver when there is another vehicle there.

Lane Support Systems
Lane Support Systems alert the driver when they unintentionally leave their lane without indication.  This helps drivers avoid crossing into oncoming traffic by mistake, or veering off the side of the road onto gravel. This improves road safety by making the driver instantly aware that they need to correct their steering.

Attention Assist
This drowsiness detection sounds an alarm when it detects that a vehicle’s driver may be drowsy – preventing them from falling asleep behind the wheel. This also encourages them to take a break before they fall asleep behind the wheel!

Pre-crash interventions
It is estimated that nearly 5% of all casualties in accidents involving a passenger vehicle could be addressed by pre-crash technology.  This could be controlling occupants’ movement during a collision rather than restraining them, or responding to driver’s panicked reactions to prepare for impact.

Consider these features before you make your next car purchase!

Police officer brutally stabbed on the N2, while changing his tyre!

Volvo XC90

Driving Review: Volvo XC90

Every now and then a car is launched and it just takes your breath away. The Volvo XC90 is such a car. I knew it was going to be great, but I didn’t realise just how great!

The XC90 is all Volvo, in other words, there is no longer any hints of Ford creeping through (it used to be owned by Ford). It is Volvo through and through and we will see this going forward in all Volvo models.

“This is one of the most important days in our history. We are not just launching a car, but re-launching our brand. This day marks a new era for our company. The XC90 paves the way for a portfolio of exciting new cars to come in the following years,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Group.

It’s got the look

Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 stands out from the crowd, it is a very good looking SUV. But step inside and this is where things get really interesting. The cabin is just breathtaking. It is spacious, clean, sleek and luxurious. Volvo has used a strong connection to the Swedish lifestyle, which includes generous space, simplicity, focus on well being and light.

What I loved is the portrait style touch screen in the centre console. If you have ever used an iPad or any smartphone device you will feel at home as you swipe and click your way through the extensive levels. It may take some time to get used to as it is certainly comprehensive, but once you have the hang of it, it will be as simple as scrolling through your phone.

Volvo XC90

The XC90 comes standard with seven seats across the range. We have spoken about seven-seat SUVs lately, one being the Kia Sorento, but these seats are not only easy to access, but are more than comfortable enough once you are seated. They are designed for passengers up to 170cm tall…it’s as if it was designed just for me. I had more than enough legroom and headroom and didn’t get that claustrophobic feeling when all the doors were closed and other people were seated in front of me.

In the driver’s seat

Of course, with it being an SUV, you sit high on the road and so visibility is excellent. One thing Volvo has not done, which is unusual for most manufacturers at the moment, is focus on making this a ‘sporty’ SUV. Instead, Volvo has opted to focus on comfort and safety instead. And thank goodness. No one needs to be ploughing an SUV in to corners at a hellish speed, what for? But with that said, the XC90 is composed in corners and feels well planted. The steering is light and easy, but be aware of the Lane Keeping Assist as this will try and correct even the slightest move in the wrong direction. It can be rather unnerving to begin with, but after a while you get used to it.

Volvo XC90

All Volvo XC90s are powered by a 2,0-litre petrol or diesel engine. At the launch in Franschhoek in the Western Cape this past week,  we got to drive the D5 turbodiesel and the T6 turbopetrol. We will see the D4 and T5 models arrive later this year and then the hybrid T8 will make its entrance toward the end of the year.

The D5 with its twin turbo produces 165 kW of power and 470 N.m of torque. The T6 which is super and turbocharged produces 235 kW and 400 N.m of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

How safe is it?

This is where Volvo never falls short. In fact, Volvo has a goal that says that no person should be killed or injured in a Volvo by 2020 and the XC90 is on the way to reaching this goal. Volvo claims its the safest car yet. If this isn’t enough to impress you, I don’t know what is!

Volvo XC90

Let’s just name a few of the standard features on the Volvo XC90 to get the point across; Collision Mitigation Support, Head-up display for Forward Collision Warning system, Lane Departure warning, Park Assist, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent control, Rain sensor, EBL, Flashing Brake light and Hazard Warning. There are then the optional extras such as adaptive cruise control, Lane Keeping Aid, Rear parking camera and Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert. The list is endless.

If you are still not convinced, read on. It includes two world first safety technologies: a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability.

In a run-off road scenario, the all-new Volvo XC90 detects what is happening and the front safety belts are tightened to keep the occupants in position. To help prevent spine injuries, energy-absorbing functionality between the seat and seat frame cushions the vertical forces that can arise when the car encounters a hard landing in the terrain.

The XC90 is the first car in the world with technology that features automatic braking if the driver turns in front of an oncoming car. This is a common scenario at busy city crossings as well as on highways, where the speed limits are higher.

Should you buy one?

If you are on the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to income then the Volvo XC90 should be at top of your list. It is the ideal family car…comfort, space and most importantly safety!

Volvo XC90


XC90 D4 Geartronic FWD Momentum: R 804 000
XC90 T5 Geartronic AWD Momentum: R 827 400
XC90 D4 Geartronic FWD Inscription: R 844 600
XC90 D5 Geartronic AWD Momentum: R 853 200
XC90 T6 Geartronic AWD Momentum: R 867 000
XC90 T5 Geartronic AWD Inscription: R 868 000
XC90 T5 Geartronic AWD R-Design: R 888 700
XC90 D5 Geartronic AWD Inscription: R 893 900
XC90 T6 Geartronic AWD Inscription: R 907 600
XC90 D5 Geartronic AWD R-Design: R 914 600
XC90 T6 Geartronic AWD R-Design: R 928 300
XC90 T8 Twin Engine Geartronic AWD Momentum: R 1 005 100 XC90 T8 Twin Engine Geartronic AWD Inscription: R 1 042 000 XC90 T8 Twin Engine Geartronic AWD R-Design: R 1 066 400



This is how you rate your Uber driver!

We have done numerous reports on horrific incidents involving unmarked taxis. We at Women on Wheels have always been a huge supporter of Uber, even if some people disagreed. I do not understand how someone cannot be a supporter of Uber. In my experience it has been efficient, safe and reliable. All the things I look for in a taxi service. If you have had a different experience, then you need to report it. The problem is, so many people complain but don’t do anything about it. On the odd occasion where I have had a negative Uber experience, I complained and something was done about it. You have no excuse now, here is how you rate an Uber driver:

Uber rating

5 stars: This was a good trip. The driver was approachable, helpful and the car was presentable. You reached your destination on time and were able to sit back and relax. Overall it was a seamless experience and you left in a good mood.

3 stars: This was an average trip. You experienced one of the following” the driver was unpleasant to be on a trip with, the car was not presentable, or the driver got lost. Overall experience was not a good experience.

1 star: This was a terrible trip. Everything was wrong with this trip. The driver was rude and the vehicle was not in a good condition. Estimated time of arrival was missed and the driver was not able to follow the GPS correctly.

SIX STAR DRIVERS: This is something I often do when I have experienced a driver who was just superb. If a driver has gone above and beyond or the service was really amazing please rate them a 5 star and then write a comment letting Uber know about your experience. You can even share or tag @Uber_RSA #UberHeroes

There is a reason for this rating system…it is to ensure the best service possible. So if you have any problems, complain! And if you experience wonderful service, share it!

emergency N2

5 year old boy stabbed by hijackers and left on the side of the road

News24 reports that a five-year old boy was stabbed several times by hijackers in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, on Sunday.

The father of the boy stopped at a robot in Trichardt Road at around 19:00 on Sunday when he was hijacked by three men. His vehicle was blocked and they pointed a firearm at him. He was dragged out of the vehicle and the hijackers drove off with his son still in the car.

The vehicle was later found abandoned and his son injured on the ground. He was taken to hospital and is reported to be in a stable condition.

Police have appealed to anyone with information to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or SMS Prime Media Crime Line at 32211.

Read these anti-hijacking tips and emergency numbers to have.

car in rain

8 tips for driving in the rain

Winter is fast approaching (at least that’s how it feels here in Cape Town), and it seems that every year when it does, suddenly everyone has forgotten how to drive in rainy weather. Here are some simple things to remember.

  • Before the worst of the rain starts, do an inspection of your vehicle and check tyres, lights and wiper blades to ensure that you are set for the season
  • Drive with your headlights on to increase visibility
  • Wet road surfaces can cause tyres to hydroplane (skim on a thin layer of water). Keep a large distance between you and the vehicle in front of you as it will take your car a little bit longer to come to a complete stop
  • Be more alert as pedestrians and animals will be rushing to get out of the cold and wet weather and could run across roads without much hesitation
  • Keep your phone charged – the chances of being involved in an accident increases when visibility is poor due to bad weather. You may need to contact someone in case of an emergency
  • Remember that driving behind large trucks means you get a lot of spray from the wheels. Keep a large distance between yourself and a truck and make sure that you can see their mirrors. If not, they can’t see you
  • This seems obvious, but slow down. You have more control of your car this way. Also, when it comes to corners, take it slowly.
  • When the rain first starts, it loosens up the dirt and grime on the road. Be extra cautious as it makes the road slippery

Just be extra careful out there!


A new reason to be careful on the N2

According to IOL, the City of Cape Town has warned motorists traveling on the N2 to be aware of a new robbery ploy in which concrete blocks are placed in the road to force cars to stop before motorists are robbed of their belongings.

We are pretty sure this has been happening for some time already, remember the story we did a while back on the N2 and then of course the dangerous R300? Either way, we need to be aware on these roads.

IOL quoted Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, “Just before midnight on Sunday, two City traffic officers attached to the Ghost Squad were driving along the N2 in the direction of Somerset West when they noticed a Toyota Tazz near the R300 off-ramp with its hazard lights on.

The officers also spotted three men running towards the vehicle and, as they stopped to investigate, they heard screams coming from the vehicle. The officers chased after the suspects and made a radio call for assistance from the South African Police Service, but the suspects disappeared between nearby structures.

The officers then returned to assist the female motorist who reported that she had been assaulted and robbed of her handbag and cellphone. The motorist declined medical assistance and the officers changed her flat tyre so that she could proceed home.”

Smith added that the officers found three other vehicles on a nearby painted island, all with flat tyres and thankfully provided assistance to the drivers. “They also removed concrete blocks from the roadway. thought to have been placed there by the three suspects,” says Smith.

“I want to commend our officers for rendering assistance while on their way home. It is clear that the criminals responsible took advantage of the misty weather conditions we’ve been experiencing in recent days. Most drivers would struggle to see an obstacle placed in the road at night, but with the cover of mist it becomes even more difficult. I appeal to motorists to please be extra careful when driving at night. We have had numerous engagements with the Western Cape Government, the South African Police Service and the South African National Roads Agency Limited about safety on the N2 as it is evident that criminals will continue targeting motorists for as long as they think they can get away with it.

From our side, we have tried to divert more resources to help patrol the road, but we have limited staff numbers and, of late, much of our time has been spent on the sustained land invasions as well as assisting with quelling gang violence,” he said.

Here is how you can be safe on the N2 and also, make sure you have these emergency numbers on speed dial.

Source: IOL
Image Source: Mervyn Hector – Flickr