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If safety is your #1 priority, the new Volvo XC90 will be the car of your dreams!

We’ve already told you guys a little bit about Volvo’s upcoming SUV, like the fact that it will be powerful and green. However, now it gets even better, as this SUV will officially be one of the safest cars on sale- and we all know how important safety is.

The Volvo XC90 luxury SUV is set to debut later this year and Volvo claims that this seven-seater will be one of the safest cars on sale, with two groundbreaking world firsts in terms of accident prevention.

One of the features involves ‘run-off incidents’, when cars leave the road due to driver error or bad weather. The XC90’s system automatically tightens the front seatbelts, while the seats are designed to minimise spinal injuries if the car encounters a hard landing.

The other world first is a ‘junction brake’ system that stops the car if the driver tries to pull out in front of an oncoming vehicle at a junction. On-board sensors monitor the risk of a rollover during high-speed changes of direction. Also available in the new XC90 is automatic city braking, which recognises not just other vehicles, but cyclists, pedestrians and animals as well.

Gadgets

Great car gadgets you won’t want to live without

Are you a gadget junkie? Always on the outlook for accessories to improve your lifestyle? Then you might love what you see here! Just like you get gadgets and accessories for everyday life, you also get them for your car. We give you the trendiest, coolest and most helpful car gadgets right here.

Steering wheel phone holder
Steering wheel phone holder

 

Plug-in Audiovox Car Connection Smart Car Device
Plug-in Audiovox Car Connection Smart-Car Device

 

Phone Holder
Hands-Free Phone Holder

 

Protective Parking Armour
Protective Parking Armour

 

Protective Floor Liners
Protective Floor Liners

 

Blind Spot Camera System
Blind Spot Camera System

 

All-in-One Coffee Charger/Converter
All-in-One Coffee Charger/Converter

 

For more car gadgets and accessories, check out our 12 accessories you might need and and some strange car gadgets.

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12 signs that your car urgently needs to be looked at

Even though every car owner knows they should get their car checked out frequently and serviced on a scheduled regular basis (and WOW reminds you regularly), a lot of people are still quite lazy or just clueless when it comes to maintaining their car. The truth is, cars are like any other machine, if they don’t get looked after, the chances are it will break down.

Here are 12 signs that your car seriously needs to be looked at:

  1. If the ”check engine” or ”service engine” lights are on.
  2. If your car makes a noise while driving or going over bumps.
  3. If there are any leaks coming from underneath.
  4. If the tyres are constantly loosing air pressure 
  5. Hesitation while driving or difficulty in picking up the speed.
  6. The car tries to jump gear or slipping while driving.
  7. If the vehicle overheats.
  8. Cracked windshield or any missing mirrors.
  9. Inoperative seat belts.
  10. Inoperative fuel gauge.
  11. If the battery is over five years old.
  12. If the spare tyre is in bad shape.

For more information on maintaining your car correctly, check out 5 tips for taking care of your tyres and your guide to basic car maintenance.

Hijack

Tips for driving on the N2 near Cape Town International airport

After the recent incidences regarding N2 hijackings near Cape Town International Airport, we have received an urgent message to warn all drivers to either stay clear of the area, or follow these tips:

Travellers are being warned of the modus operandi being used by these alleged hijackers:

- Do not drive over any cardboard boxes or plastic bags left in the middle of the road as these could contain cement or rocks and cause serious damage to the car.

- As the driver you are then forced to pull over, putting yourself at risk of ambush alongside the road.

- Additionally, road users are advised to be especially careful during poor visibility or after dark.

1. Always drive in the right hand lane.

2. Never, ever stop on the N2, drive on your cars rims if you have to, but keep going until you see a tow truck, the drivers are armed.

3. Don’t rely on help from the Saps or the Metro cops it is very unlikely to arrive.

4. Fit anti-hijacking smash and grab coatings to all your car windows.

5. Consider driving up the wrong side of the N2, in the emergency lane with your hazard lights on, from the flyover back to the Airport garage as this is the shortest route to help.

6. Load all the Cape Town crew cellphone numbers and emergency numbers into your phone.

 

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Cape Town drivers, you need to take note!

Criminals have a new trick they are using to hijack drivers near Cape Town International Airport.

Hijackers are placing cardboard boxes or plastic bags that cover rocks or chunks of concrete in the middle of the road heading to Cape Town International Airport along the N2. They place up to three of these objects in the road, giving the driver little choice but to hit one of them, as it is quite a busy road. When a car drives over these, it causes serious damage to the car and forces the driver to pull over. As soon as the driver pulls over, hijackers attack the driver.

Or, as happened to a SAA cabin crew member- he pulled up to avoid the rocks and the hijackers took the opportunity to attack him. Luckily he escaped with just a couple of bruises after someone stopped to help him.

The airport is aware that this is happening, and they working with the police and engaging in necessary security. In the meantime,  road users are advised to be vigilant and drive carefully. Remember, don’t speed so that you have enough time to react before possibly hitting these objects.

For the sake of safety, we give you tips on preventing a hijack incident and what to do when this incident evidently occurs.

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4 reasons you will want to be the ”designated driver”

So, you and your friends are having a girls’ night, and you know it’s going to be a big one, there’s only one little problem- who’s driving?

According to Arrive Alive, drunk drivers cause almost 50% of road deaths. Our senses are greatly impaired when we’re under the influence and since driving requires so much of your attention (particularly at night), driving drunk should never even cross your mind.

We’ve all had this dilemma, apparently the last time you drove on a night out was six months ago, so all your friends have voted for you to be ‘designated driver’. Naturally you think now you can’t have fun, right? Wrong!

You can go out for the night with the girls, not drink at all and still have loads of fun. We give you 4 good reasons to feel good about being the so-called ‘designated driver’:

1. Save Money

Living on a budget? Well, now you get to buy that top that you so wanted (or at least that’s how some of us justify overspending on material things), and not feel bad about it. Sometimes buying drink after drink can end up breaking the bank, so you can feel good while sipping on your soft drink.

2. Peace of mind

Being the designated driver shows that you and your friends are responsible adults and care for each other’s safety above anything else. Knowing that no one will be involved in a car crash or getting pulled over, should make you feel good about the fact that someone is looking after the team.

3. Being the photographer

People under the influence of alcohol aren’t the best photographers (nor models). However, they prove to be good for some embarrassing pics- which is always good to have so you and your friends can have a good laugh over it when you get together again.

4.  No hangover

The best feeling is not feeling like you’re dying the next day. So, while all your friends are struggling to stay alive at work, you can have a productive day!