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Learn to drive safer with this app

August 18th, 2017  |  Published in driving tips

Friday. That’s the day, according to Dialdirect, when most accidents are likely to occur in South Africa. Need something more specific? How about between 15h00 and 18h00. That’s the time that most of these accidents take place. Dialdirect plans to use insights like these, and more, to inspire and urge South Africans to drive right with its new smartphone App.

The App uses the latest in international telematics technology to monitor driving behaviour. If you drive and insure right, you can get up to 75% cash back, every single month. This is significantly higher than the rewards programmes offered by any competing insurance brands and is the first offering of its kind in the market.

According to Warwick Scott-Rodger, Executive Head of Dialdirect: “It’s no secret that insurance is seen as a grudge purchase.  With our App, we are turning this general consensus, as well as the traditional insurance model, on its head. Now, consumers have the opportunity to participate in their risk management and tangibly determine what they pay for insurance. In other words, do your thing, get back ching.”

To get cash back, customers must play their part and drive and insure right. This is a true partnership between the insurer and the insured.

Scott-Rodger believes that this partnership between insurers and drivers is not only limited to the cash-back transaction, but will extend to making a positive difference on South Africa’s roads. “Providing a financial incentive to drive right will make our roads safer – which is obviously in all of our best interests.”

The App’s payback functionality is available to Dialdirect customers, but anyone can benefit from a number of features on the app, including monitoring their driving, participating in driver challenges and winning vouchers.

Driving right makes a difference                  

The Gauteng Roads and Transport Departments said this year that 77.5% of fatal crashes and 89.1% of major crashes are as a result of “human factors”. In light of this, making drivers more cognisant of their behaviour behind the wheel could go a long way to reducing road incidents.

One of the seven drive score factors that the Dialdirect App measures is cellphone use – which is the cause of around 25% of accidents on South African roads. The other six factors are braking, acceleration, night-time driving, speeding, route risk index and distance.

“Improving on these seven drive scores will help in reducing the devastation we currently experience on our roads every day,” says Scott-Rodger.

To download the app and start making South Africa’s roads safer, visit the Playstore or iTunes and search for Dialdirect Insurance App.

Khutso Theledi


What to do if a person is arrested for Drunken Driving

March 30th, 2015  |  Published in driving tips

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Remain calm and collected. Do not resist arrest or become violent, even if force is used. You don’t want to prejudice your chances to be released on bail

2. You have the right to be treated with dignity and to remain silent Pay attention to whether you are informed of your rights (if at all) and other things said by the arresting officer.. You must however provide your full names. You have the right to phone one person (A friend/relative or Attorney).

3. You may not refuse to provide a blood sample. The district surgeon, a registered nurse, or prison medical officer will take a blood specimen within 2 hours of arrest and submit to the state laboratory for analysis.

4. Follow the instructions of the arresting officer. Chances are good that you will be kept at the police station until you have sobered up, and you may be released with a warning to appear before court within 48 hours. You may also be kept behind bars.

5. It is important to note the details and the name of the police station you are in, the case number for your case, the name of the investigating officer. Your attorney will require the info.

Considering that 65% of road accidents are related to alcohol abuse, let’s hope South African’s are responsible and put safety first this Easter weekend.

As Easter weekend approaches, South African’s will make their yearly migration to holiday destinations to spend time with their families and loved ones. While many will be enjoying the traditional pickled fish, chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, others will lose their lives on the road.

According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) the Easter road death toll dropped from a staggering 241 in 2013, to only 193 in 2014. This is an indication that great headway has been made to reduce the road death toll in South Africa, unfortunately speed and alcohol remain the main reasons for road accidents. It is estimated that around 330 motorists were arrested over last year’s Easter weekend for drunken driving alone.

Wandile Dumakude, legal expert at LIPCO Law for All, explains that many South African’s think they know their drinking limits or have quick fix solutions to sober up,  but these limits usually do not measure up against those set by law or by the human body. “A person is over the legal limit if his breath alcohol content is in excess of 0.24mg per 1,000ml or his blood alcohol concentration in excess of 0.05g per 100ml. The rule of thumb for any motorist is a maximum of 1 unit per alcohol per hour. Biologically the human body can only process one unit every hour, despite drinking lots of water, strong black coffee or taking a cold shower. These tricks do little to help sober a person up,” says Dumakude.

But what does this mean in layman’s terms? Dumakude explains that “a 75ml glass of your favourite wine will amount to about one unit. But be cautious, because that means a 250ml glass will amount to 3, 3 units. A spirit cooler or beer amounts to roughly about 1,25 units, while a 25ml tot of whiskey or brandy to a unit. Cocktails and shooters are a bit more tricky and dangerous, as one glass could easily amount to 2-4 units.”

Many South African’s are aware of the fact that many drivers are let off the hook due to unreliable blood alcohol specimens, and fail to comprehend the seriousness of the crime. If found guilty, a person faces 6 years imprisonment or a R120 000 fine, a suspended driver’s licence and criminal record. That is not even mentioning the repercussions should someone die as a result of a road accident. “The real reason people should not drive under the influence is the fact that they might cause the death of someone. You stand to face a charge of culpable homicide, and prosecutors are increasingly accusing motorists of murder.” Dumakude warns motorists.

Mechanical Competency Course in Cape Town

September 14th, 2012  |  Published in driving tips

With the December holidays on our doorstep, Drive More Safely NPO is taking road safety one step further. On a daily basis we urge road users to adhere to the rules of the road, buckle up, not use their cell phone while driving, not to drink and drive, not to speed, etc, but have we thought of the dangers when a vehicle breaks down.

Together with the Automobile Association we are hosting a “Mechanical competency course” to know your vehicle better. This will equip you with the basic knowledge of how a vehicle operates and we believe that through this our road users will understand the dangers when they are on our roads. This course will also help understand how bad driving effects your vehicle. With the high price of fuel, you need to understand your vehicle to get the best performance from it and still be safe and responsible.

Research showed that 30% of road crashes are due to mechanical failure. If we can equip our road users with knowledge, we can save some of the +/- 18000 lives we loose on our roads yearly. The course will cover the following areas:

The course content is:

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Funny: Busses Only!

September 16th, 2007  |  Published in driving tips, funny

9 Tips to Driving Like a Cop

May 26th, 2007  |  Published in driving tips

Found on digg, AOL Autos posted an article from autoMedia.com, titled “Drive Like a Cop“.

It’s a very interesting a worth while read.

Why should you drive with your hands on the steering wheel at 3 and 9 o’clock? Well for one thing, “many a police officer has been unnecessarily injured because their hands were over the airbag when it went off” even causing one officer’s lower arm to break and caused his own hand to break out his front teeth!

Anyway, here is a quick summary of the points.

  • Watch Your Hands – Make sure your hands are at 3 and 9 o’clock 🙂
  • Side Windows – Side windows should be all the way up or all the way down.
  • Lock Your Doors – A locked door is 10 times more likely to stay closed in a crash… even belted occupants can be partially ejected if the doors fly open.
  • Back In – one-third of driving incidents involving officers on duty occur when the cruiser is in reverse… back into parking spaces when possible.
  • Back Up – Since so many accidents occur when people are backing up, make sure you practice… Police driving courses add a backward slalom in their practice.
  • Right Foot Only – Left-foot braking is a legitimate advanced technique, but one that’s far too advanced for the vast majority of Americans.
  • The Fog Line – Ever been driving down a two-lane road at night and the other driver failed to dim his brights? Focus on the yellow “fog line” and keep track of the high-beam birdbrain with your peripheral vision.
  • Lights Down – Preserve your night vision by turning down the dash lights to the minimum required to safely read the speedometer.
  • Final Tip -Iif you see blue lights in your mirror, pull to the left immediately. If it’s for you stop immediately.

This is obviously an American article, so I substituted some minor details with the South African equivalent, but the underlying lessons are the same.