Batteries are core to a car’s functioning, but there are still many misconceptions about how to properly care for them – or how they operate. From jumpstarting to recharging, Battery Centre debunks common myths about car batteries. Keep these fast facts in mind to prevent potentially dangerous and inconvenient situations. Myth: A battery should last for a certain amount of time. Fact: Battery structure is compromised over time as acid causes decay, so their ‘life’ isn’t always precise. It depends on a number of factors like proper installation, climate, how often the car is used and whether the battery and car are maintained properly. Battery Centre specialists can properly check, service and recharge vehicle batteries, increasing battery life and reliability. Myth: Batteries last longer in warm climates. Fact: Warm climates deteriorate car batteries due to water loss, heat distortion and increased corrosion. If you’re in a warm climate, contact Battery Centre to check your battery is in a full state of charge. Battery Centre stocks robust batteries that are more resistant to water loss, to ensure your battery lasts as long as possible. Myth: A battery light means a flat battery. Fact: Drivers assume the battery light means the battery is flat. In reality, it means there’s a problem with the car’s charging system and the car is running on battery power alone. If you keep driving, the car will eventually break down – and it could damage your car’s electrical system. Myth: Driving a car after a jump start will recharge the battery. Fact: Many people are guilty of this error. In fact, no amount of driving will fully recharge a dead battery – not even idling the engine. The only way to restore a battery is with a battery charger. You’ll also prevent wear, tear and save on fuel by using a charger to restore the battery to its maximum charge. After a jump start, it’s advisable to visit your nearest Battery Centre to get it checked and charged by . . .
If you’re guilty of setting aside just enough for your car’s debit order and the requisite two to three tanks of petrol every month, you’re not alone. Most people keep car payments to a minimum. As long as it’s not making a strange noise and getting you from A to B, it’s fine, right? Maybe not. There are additional considerations for your monthly car budget that, if worked in ahead of time, can prevent a last-minute cash haemorrhage when something goes wrong. Roadside assist It’s one thing to be stuck on the side of the road, with the sound of your meeting or social gathering whooshing by, before a kind-hearted friend comes to get you. It’s quite another to come to a grinding halt in a dangerous area, which puts you at risk of hijacking or theft. Or on the highway, with cars approaching at speed. Working a roadside assistance payment into your monthly budget provides invaluable resources in an emergency – and you’ll be endlessly thankful you made it a priority. Many insurance providers offer roadside assist as an additional service – find one who does and opt for the extra. Alternatively, an AA membership will give you the relief of knowing you’ll get support quickly when you need it, for as little as R85 per month for the Essential Option. Tyres The expense of tyres doesn’t seem like a priority month-to-month – and then poses a formidable financial inconvenience when you have to replace them. Why not set up a monthly debit order and start a small savings bundle for tyres? The amount can be adjusted according to the price of your car’s tyres. By the time you have to replace your tyres again, you won’t have to deal with a harsh blow that throws out your monthly budget. Battery The battery is the heart of your car’s engine. Without it, your car won’t start and most of the controls will be rendered useless. Your battery should be replaced about every three years – or more frequently if necessary. A quality battery, like Raylite, costs between R1000 and . . .
Clients can now enjoy benefits such as 20% discount on all e² Young Engineers programmes 6 September 2017 – CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA – e² Young Engineers, a company that provides educational enrichment programmes with an engaging, hands-on learning platform for children, today announces that the company has partnered with Multiply, Momentum’s wellness and rewards programme. As a Multiply partner, e² Young Engineers will be able to supply clients with 20% discount when they enrol within any of the e² Young Engineers programmes, regardless of their status with Multiply, including: • Big Builders: This unique curriculum develops children’s tactile, motor, and spatial skills while teaching introductory engineering principles. For ages: 4-6. • LEGO Challenge: Learning the principles of engineering and theoretical physics in an intuitive way by building models while enhancing motor skills. For ages: 7-10. • GaliLEGO Technic: Investigation of machinery from a professional perspective of engineers. This curriculum will focus on teamwork and finding solutions to build complex machines. For ages: 11 – 13 or LEGO Challenge graduates. • RoboLEGO: introduces children to both the theoretical and the practical sides of mechanical engineering and software development. For ages: 11-14 or GaliLEGO Technic graduates. • Robotics & Software Engineering: Curriculum for teaching theory and applications in engineering and software, combining mathematical and physical investigation with software engineering. For ages: 11-14 or RoboLEGO graduates. Michiel van der Westhuizen, CEO at e² Young Engineers South Africa, commented, “We are very excited about the partnership with Multiply. It has been proven that children participating in e² Young Engineers programmes achieve high grades within all scientific subjects taught at school. Further, elementary school students joining the e² Young Engineers community obtain the mathematical knowledge required to succeed when it comes to . . .
New fleet management technologies are setting increasingly high road safety standards as a result of insights obtained from telematics technologies installed in these vehicles. It might be time for individual drivers to follow the lead... A lack of detailed knowledge on the part of road users relating to road safety is compromising safety on the road, according to leading fleet management, vehicle tracking and telematics technology company, Cartrack. Cartrack South Africa CEO, Andre Ittmann, notes that while drivers are aware of basic road laws, they are often unaware about many other “unwritten” rules and regulations and the associated impact of driving behaviour. “There are many additional aspects to road safety that drivers seem to be unaware of. An average driver breaks many of the fundamental rules of road safety on a daily basis, which affects general safety levels on the road.” Ittmann highlights fuel consumption as an important yet generally unacknowledged indicator of poor driving, and notes that fleet management could be a highly effective tool in curbing these trends. “Aspects of driving such as speeding, harsh breaking and excessive engine idling all have a major impact on fuel costs as well as safety. Even if you do not own a fleet and would like to improve your personal driving skills, the Cartrack telematics data can equip you to drive better by determining what remedial actions could rectify any unseen problems you may have.” A 2015 article in Popular Mechanics about the Top 10 Most Common Driving Mistakes illustrates Ittmann’s point about hidden road laws, and how easily drivers break them. The first two items on the Popular Mechanics list focus on not paying enough attention (such as texting while driving) while the third item is tyre pressure, which is a seldom discussed factor in driving behaviour. “Tyre pressure is an excellent example of how breaking the rules of the road easily involves simple ignorance. A poorly inflated . . .
Eastern Cape, 5 September, 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place between Dutywa and Mthatha on Saturday, 9 September and Sunday, 10 September 2017, weather permitting. The road will be closed from 5am on Saturday, 9 September until 7pm on Sunday, 10 September. All travellers are strongly advised to use alternative routes via Nqobo. Light vehicles and local residents can use the temporary bypass at Candu and Sitebe Komkulu. No heavy goods vehicles will be able to use these bypasses and will have to use alternative routes. The N2 will be closed between Candu at approximately 24KM from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha, and Sitebe Komkulu at approximately 41KM from Dutywa when travelling toward Mthatha for the entire period. The planned road closure is precautionary to undertake two scheduled control blasts which have a considerable risk of significant volumes of loose material shifting onto the road due to the blast proximity to the road. The estimated time to remove the loose material cannot be undertaken within the maximum permissible time allowed for a weekday road closure. As traffic volumes are considerably lower over weekends, it is proposed to undertake the blast during this period to reduce the impact on the travelling public. The planned closure is weather permitting and a final notice will be issued closer to the scheduled blast. "Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road," said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region's Manager. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Hundreds of Gauteng Motorists who practice “safe driving” stand the chance to win an Engen petrol voucher valued at R1 500 each as part of the Engen #RideWise campaign. ‘Full Tank Thursdays’, which will take place on September 21 and September 28, will see selected motorists who are wearing their seat belts and have a valid licence and licence disc be rewarded with fuel vouchers. Fuel vouchers will be handed out on the popular Roger Goode Show on 5FM, which will broadcast live from Engen 1Plus Menlyn on Atterbury Road between 06:00 – 9:00 on September 21 and at the Engen 1Stop Grasmere North, at the same time, on September 28th. Lesedi FM will broadcast live and give away fuel vouchers between 15:00 – 18:00 at Engen 1Plus Hadaf West on Es’ka Mphahele Road on September 21 and at the same time, on September 28 at Engen 1Stop Grasmere South. #RideWise, which is supported by the National Youth Development Agency in association with Engen, Big Brands Media and the SABC, runs until March 2018. It is set to visit Engen service stations around the country to educate motorists that “it’s cool to be safe”. Targeting first time drivers between the ages of 18-25, a key focus of the campaign is to educate young drivers about the dangers of texting and driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Over the next six months, activations are planned at several Engen service stations nationally. In addition, #RideWise Master Classes will take place at Universities and cool student hang-outs. Seelan Naidoo, Engen General Manager: Retail says the company is very excited to be part of #RideWise and to play a part in educating our young drivers. “We believe that this worthy initiative will reduce unnecessary risk taking and change driver behaviour.” Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Mntu Nduvane says motorists and pedestrians share the responsibility of keeping themselves and others on the road safe. “A high portion of road fatalities in South . . .
Say Hello to Cabbi: Cabbi is a smartphone application that quickly connects riders with drivers with the tap of a button. The Cabbi platform chauffeurs Johannesburg commuters by using a safe, 100% local, transport solution ready to serve the South African market. Cabbi has been developed to be a simple and reliable transport service, bridging the gap between the rider and their destination. As a taxi e-hailing service, Cabbi strives to bring the best experience to the rider and the most earnings for the driver. This transport solution is by South Africans for South Africans. Inspiration For An Alternative: Cabbi was created as an affordable alternative traveling solution. Consumers were frustrated with the hiccups of the competitor apps. Cabbi saw the gap and has filled the need to be a contactable transportation partner that is proudly South African and speaks your language. The Rider Experience: To the rider Cabbi is a dependable and convenient 24/7 e-hailing taxi service that provides luxury travel at reasonable prices. Cabbi drivers aims to provide a safe journey coupled with the best experience. Your destination is our mission. What’s In It For The Driver? For the driver, Cabbi offers a local transportation network that provides them with requests for new passengers that need to get to a destination. The business model sees the driver taking home 90% of the earnings, while Cabbi receives only 10% commission of each ride. If you own a reliable vehicle, not older than a 2013 model and have a valid driver’s license, together with a public driving permit (PDP) register on www.cabbi.co.za to become a Cabbi driver. When Will The Service Be Available And Where Do I Download The App? Cabbi e-hailing taxi services will be available in Johannesburg from the 1st of September 2017 and will be launched to the rest of Gauteng by the 1st December 2017. APP will be available for download on Android and IOS. For The Rider – Its 3 Simple clicks . . .
First National Battery is SA’s leading battery manufacturer, and the powerful force behind Battery Centre. Which means they know, more than anyone, how critical it is to dispose of batteries in an environmentally responsible way. The Battery Centre franchise networks across the country (120 outlets) each play their part in battery recycling, as part of First National Battery’s commitment to protection against pollution. Here’s why it’s important to have your battery recycled – and to ensure you purchase your car battery from a supplier who’s local, responsible and environmentally-conscious. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A myriad of important factors must be understood and controlled for a vehicle fleet to stay within resource and budget parameters. Fleet Management solutions have traditionally operated within this cost control mind-set, offering companies the ability to optimise their operations and ensure costs are predictable and manageable. In recent years however, the technology underpinning Fleet Management solutions has evolved to become a key point of competitive advantage. Think, for example, of the customer service challenge of online shopping. Leading online retailers not only deliver products to the customer's door, they do it with flair, style and a high degree of accuracy. The best in the business notify customers, via SMS and email, about every step in the delivery process, and every time they deliver on their promises, they leapfrog more sluggish rivals. The global market is moving more towards keeping cost control in mind as reducing costs will always be a factor when it comes to fleet management," says Andre Ittmann, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cartrack South Africa. "Yes, there are incredible tools available to streamline logistics and control costs, but these are only half of a fast changing picture. Companies now use Fleet Management tools to boost driver performance and to engage in a powerful way with end customers. Viewed collectively, the tools offered by Fleet Management systems can play a big role in redefining the position of a brand in the market." At the core logistics level, a Fleet Management system offers a dashboard overview of the key performance aspects of every vehicle. Delivery progress can be plotted against the desired schedule, and it's possible to view many real time details, such as where a particular vehicle is, how many kilometres it has covered, what its immediate movements are and the speed it is travelling at. "This is very important information," says Ittmann. "The raw data can be used, for example, to monitor and . . .
July 17, 2017, Johannesburg: VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the joint venture of Volvo Group & Eicher Motors Ltd launched Eicher trucks (pronounced ‘eye-sher’) at a mega event called the TruckX Expo, Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Eicher showcased its Pro series range of trucks including the Pro 6000 heavy duty freight carrier and construction tipper range. Globally, Eicher trucks are known for their fuel efficiency. This attribute of the trucks was experienced by visitors and fleet company CEOs at the event through live tracking of fuel consumption in collaboration with Ctrack, at the Dynamic Handling track of the circuit. The VECV joint venture has already set up its base in the country in form of a 100% wholly owned subsidiary known as VECV South Africa (PTY) Ltd with the vision of ‘Integrating global technology with local commercial transportation ecosystems.’ VECV brings together, the Volvo Group’s global expertise and world-class technology along with the innovative engineering and proven DNA of fuel efficiency from Eicher. This approach has resulted in the development of Eicher Pro series, a range of next generation trucks, which together with a growing service network in South Africa, is ushering in a Pro League of Trucking. Eicher Pro Series has been designed and developed in a modern, high-tech, multi-facility manufacturing plant which also houses a next-generation engine plant - built in collaboration with the Volvo Group. The facility not only manufactures heavy duty engines, but also supplies Euro VI compliant automotive engines internationally to the Volvo Group. On the Pro Series assembly line, the state-of-the-art production processes include a robotic cab weld shop, a CED paint shop and a 100% hot test facility, all of which are aimed at achieving quality and reliability in line with top international standards. The massive product development initiative for the entire Pro series range involved an investment of 3 million hours of . . .