The financial year has officially closed (for most of us) and almost everyone will head out onto the open road for a calm end to a busy year. You have done all the checks and are ready to hit the road, yet it will be important to take into account that you will be sharing the roads with more tourists, potentially not having taking as many precautions as you would have think.
Alhoewel grondpaaie steeds van die mees prominente grond oppervlaktes bly in Suider-Afrika, is daar nog baie motoriste, wat hierdie oppervlakte nog nie aangevat het nie. Grondpaaie kan lekker wees, wanneer daar met die natuur vereenselwig wil word of selfs as jy net daarvan hou om die voertuig ietwat vuil te maak. Grondpaaie bied egter ook ‘n nuwe manier van bestuur en ander waarnemings om in ag te neem as op die normale teerpaaie, waaraan ons gewoond is.
Hierdie artikel is nie net gerig op die vakansieganger, die maatskappy-bestuurder, of die tiener wat sopas hul lisensie gekry het nie. Die volgende paar reels is gemik op die motoris in geheel en moet aangeleer word as ‘n sesde sintuig.
Servicing your car makes it last longer and perform better – and there are people who don’t know that a car needs regular maintenance. We once met someone whose three-year old car had done about 40,000km without a single service. When asked why, the owner replied “because it doesn’t need one, it’s running just fine!”
Buying tyres can be so boring – and expensive!
However, we at NamWheels can’t stress enough that you should great care while buying a new set of shoes for your car. As the only contact patches your car has with the road, cheap tyres can be extremely dangerous to you, your passengers and other road users!
BEFORE: Preventing a breakdown
Make sure your vehicle is maintained properly by having it serviced regularly, paying close attention to the cooling and electrical systems as these are prone to failure with age. Usual suspects that may perish include hoses,plugs, pumps, belts,wires, the battery or starter.
Cellphones are an extremely dangerous distraction for the driver of a moving vehicle because they reduce or stunt the reaction times crucial for negotiating traffic. Even more dangerous than phoning while driving is texting (or browsing) on a mobile phone while behind the wheel.
Pedestrian fatalities and injuries are sadly always part of our traffic statistics but could be minimised or prevented if all road users were more informed. Read below to see our great safety tips for pedestrians and motorists.
Although Namibia isn’t exactly known for its adverse weather conditions, sufficient tread can make a huge difference to how your car holds the road, uses fuel and behaves in an emergency situation.
Ever wondered what those funny numbers on the side of your tyres mean? We at NamWheels love to help and give you a short explanation of what these digits stand for.