Light bulb
8 Things you should know about motor vehicle light bulbs
Day or night, rain or shine, vehicle bulbsare one of the most important parts on your car. But they are often taken forgranted because even when any one of them stops working, your car will stillkeep moving. Indicator lights, head lamps, and rear lampsare crucial for safe and responsible driving. One of the crucial functions theyperform is to act as signals for other road users. Indicating to turn is a warning to other roadusers - drivers and pedestrians alike - of your intention. So even though itmay sometimes seem obvious to you, it really isn't to the person crossing theroad at a traffic circle. Front and rear lamps are not only for your benefit toenable you to see in low light, but also for the other road users to see you - thisis relevant even before it gets dark.   These are some of the common things youshould know about vehicle lighting:   Bulb lifevaries from vehicle to vehicle. To avoid any unwanted and unnecessaryconsequences, they should be checked regularly and with every maintenance service.   One of themain causes of bulb burn out is condensation. Look outfor moisture build up inside the casings of your head and tail lights.   With manycars, detecting an indicator light is about to reach the end of its life isquite simple. If it starts to flash faster than usual or stops flashing alltogether, it's time for a replacement.   Fuses arealso a reason for lighting problems. These are normally located under thevehicle's dashboard, in the engine compartment, or the boot and are notdifficult to replace.   Whenreplacing any lights, make sure they are the right colour and don't be temptedto apply any form of tint to the lamps.   Halogen isthe most commonly used and least expensive type of bulb used in vehicles today.   Xenon aremore expensive than halogen, are brighter, and last longer. These are suitableif you tend to drive often at night on less busy roads.   LEDs areenergy-efficient, last long, and lend themselves to varying designs in carmanufacture.     Ultimately, excellent visibility and being visible is crucial at alltimes on our roads, and driving without properly functioning lights isillegal.  For a comprehensive guide visithttps://arrivealive.co.za/Lighting-Head-Lamps-and-Spot-Lights-on-Vehicles-and-Rules-of-the-Road   Disclaimer: Tips and advice on this website are for guideline orentertainment purposes only. Auto Pedigree and the authors cannot be heldresponsible for any advice given, written or verbal. Please do your researchthoroughly and use any advice at your own discretion.
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Top News Stories July 2016
Top News Stories July 2016
1. Foreshore Bridge to beConnected to the N1 The unfinished Foreshore flyover in Cape Town could finally be completed after four decades. Connecting the bridge to a road that runs on to the N1 was part of a five-year plan for the city to alleviate its traffic congestion. The TomTom global traffic index released in March revealed that Cape Town was the most congested city in South Africa, surpassing Johannesburg.  http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/new-plan-for-cape-towns-unfinished-bridge-2032952   2. Volkswagen South AfricaAchieves Highest Index Score of 113.2% The VWSA Group in Uitenhage was recognised as the top Volkswagen manufacturing plant in the global network since 2015.The score of 113,2% was the highest amongst 13 plants around the world. All are measured on the same key performance indicators. Key contributing factors for VWSA’sachievements were Polo and Polo Vivo production in 2015 at below budgeted costs, and targets to reduce energy and water consumption, and waste and CO2emissions. http://www.autoworld.co.za/NewsArticle.aspx?Article=23619   3. 2016 - The Rebirth of the CarDesign Awards The Car Design Awards have been a coveted award in the automotive industry for many years and this year marks its rebirth.The ceremony was held in Turin, Italy last month to award three categories, namely 'Concept Car' (Mazda RX-Vision project), 'Production Car', (Aston Martin DB11) and 'Brand Design Language' (Volvo Cars). http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/486/146062.html   4. Automobile Association Callingfor Urgent Steps to Curbing Road Deaths in SA According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation, approximately 13,000 people were killed on SA’s roads last year.The AA said attitudes need to change if the death toll is to decrease. Road safety in South Africa is a major problem due to motorists ignoring the rules, believing they’re above the law and will never be caught. They also have the false impression that they will not be harmed through their own reckless driving. http://www.wheels24.co.za/News/effective-policing-key-to-curbing-road-carnage-in-sa-aa-20160607   5. The Reintroduction of the DrägerBreathalyser In2011, a court ruled that the Dräger breathalyser could no longer be used due to problems in the way tests were administered. This led to the acquittal of those accused of driving under the influence. Now after a five year break and there introduction of evidentiary breath alcohol testing (EBAT), the breathalyser is back in use as from 1 August in the Western Cape. http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/sadd-plea-not-to-challenge-breathalysers-2035588    
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Winter driving
6 Items to keep in your car during winter
South Africans may not experience the harsh and extreme winter conditions of the northern hemisphere, but bad weather is unpredictable. Now that winter is upon us, if you travel long distances regularly, keep just a few extra items in the car for these few cold months.   Jumper Cables   Jumper cables should be a basic item to keep in your car all year round but becomes even more important in winter. If your battery is not in tip-top condition, cold temperatures will drastically reduce its performance.   Warm clothes   It sounds obvious but we rarely think about keeping an extra warm item in the car. If your car breaks down and the temperature is anything under 10 degrees Celsius you could be stuck waiting in the cold for a while until help comes along. Also, we know how quickly the temperatures can change from one hour to the next. Keep a set of warm clothing including a jacket, gloves, beanie, and a scarf. Pack them all away in one neat compact bag and store under the seat.   Blanket   If your car is stuck you may not be able to turn on the heater. And even if you could you don’t want to run down the battery. If the wait is long, then warm clothes may not be enough. A blanket kept in the car is generally handy anyway, but if you’re really short on space and prefer a less cluttered environment, then a space blanket takes up hardly any. These are light metal-coated sheets that help you retain body heat and fold up to the size of your hand.   Water   Water is essential for the development and the correct functioning of your body.In case you are stranded for a while, you won’t want to add to the stress of dehydration. Try to keep a glass bottle of water in the car rather than plastic. Plastic bottles are considered unsafe as they may leach harmful substances into the water.      Food   Dried fruit and nuts are a good healthy source of high-energy food to provide sustenance. They’re also one of the healthiest and most natural option. Packaged portable snacks such as energy bars and chocolate are a good alternative.   Torch or Flashlight   Darkness ascends earlier in winter. You don’t want to be stranded and struggle to see in the dark, but a torch also comes in useful if you need to catch attention or signal for help. Make sure the batteries are in good condition but remove them from the torch so that they don’t run down. And those are the winter-specific basics. You should keep your car serviced regularly so that you’ll never have to use them.But carrying them along with your car’s first aid kit, towrope, cell phone charger, and other essentials is the best you can do to safeguard yourself when stranded in the cold.     Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. Auto Pedigree and the authors makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. The owner of this blog will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
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top news stories of the month - june
Top News Stories June 2016
How Robot Cars Could Save Us Money Driverless cars may not appear too near in the future for South Africans yet, but when they do, they'll not only change the way we work,play, and live, but may also make the cost of motoring cheaper.The fact that a robot takes over from a human being mean less cell phone usage while driving which immediately decreases the risk of accidents, fines, and a host of human errors that end up costing us extra expense.http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/will-robot-cars-make-motoring-cheaper-2028645 Solar Carport Charging Facility is in South Africa The solar revolution has begun with BMW launching its first solar charging facility in Johannesburg towards the end of May. This makes it possible for owners of electric and hybrid vehicles to charge up completely using green energy. Even the carport is constructed mainly of bamboo, which is a particularly sustainable raw material.Charging time is under two hours for a car, but the carport charging facility can also be used to charge electric home appliances as well.Four pilot solar ports would be strategically located and established in Johannesburg,Cape Town and Durban.https://www.enca.com/life/motoring/bmw-launches-first-solar-carport-charging-facility-in-south-africa BMW X5 Hybrid Launches in SA And while we're talking about electric charging carports, BMW's new X5 xDrive40e plug-inhybrid also arrived in the country at the end of May. This is the first of arange in South Africa from BMW (not counting the i8), which recently promised to launch rechargeable hybrid versions of every car in its range within the next few years. Under the hood of this SUV is a lithium-ionbattery pack feeding an electric motor inside its eight-speed gearbox. It's possible to drive this X5 on pure electric power for up to 31km at speeds up to120km/h.http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/an-x5-you-can-plug-in-and-take-far-2026577 Uber Switches on Cash Payment Option Since its launch in South Africa in 2013, an Uber ride meant you could only pay by credit card. Now, South Africa is the first country in the world where the cash payment option went live in five cities simultaneously. These were the main cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. This move comes after Uber fares were reduced by up to 20% in the country for the winter,causing controversy among Uber drivers, partners, and car owners, but the price-cut was designed to drive demand.http://mybroadband.co.za/news/motoring/165790-uber-to-launch-cash-payment-option-in-south-africa.html Top Gear is Back with a South African Spin The BBC show on DStv Channel 120 will feature two new presenters Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc. Also on offer are new locations, new ideas, and new challenges amongst outrageous track challenges and high-performance car reviews. An episode to watch out for features the team manoeuvreing their vehicle over the treacherous bends on Sani Pass, and racing to the highest pub in Africa. http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/new-top-gear-to-feature-sas-sani-pass-2024734
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Top News Stories May 2016
Top News Stories May 2016
1. Stay Safe While Driving Personal safety while driving should not be neglected, regardless of whether you're nipping out to the shops or going on a long road journey. Unpleasant situations can occur anywhere, and being diligent and aware of your surroundings goes a long way to saving yourself and your family unnecessary ordeal. The AA released a list of tips to ensure motorists are well equipped to deal with unexpected situations they could encounter. http://mybroadband.co.za/news/motoring/166052-how-to-keep-safe-in-your-car-in-south-africa.html 2. Jozi Waste Pickers Initiative Waste pickers who collect plastic, glass, tins, and scrap metal are often seen pushing and pulling large trolleys laden with recyclable waste in order to earna few rands at the end of each day. This humble exercise leads into all sorts of problems because they have to manoeuvre their vehicles using the shoulder of the road and are often dangerously close to motorists. Now with the help of the Jozi My Beginning initiative pioneered by Soweto-born entrepreneur Sifiso Ngobese, safer and more visible trolleys are being built that also double up as mobile billboards. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/soweto-entrepreneurs-fresh-take-on-trash-collection-20160419 3. Solar-powered Low-speed Electric Vehicles the Answer for Africa? Formal transportation and infrastructure in Africa is lacking partly due to the fact that conventional vehicles are not suitable for most of Africa's rudimentary conditions. A proposal has gone outfor a new model of mobility with a basic architecture that would be ideal for rural communities. More than a transportation vehicle, it would be a multi-functionalpiece of equipment , being used to power water pumps, grind grain, or charge cellphones. Ultimately, it could enable basic commercial growth as part of a micro-economy. http://cleantechnica.com/2016/04/13/best-idea-for-africa-transport-low-speed-lightweight-electric-cars/ 4. Tesla's Home-Power Batteries in SA (Podcast) ElonMusk's Tesla Home-Power kit became available in South Africa last month in April. The imported battery stores energy provided by the sun and is meant to supplement an existing photo voltaic system in times of load shedding and power outages. The entry level cost is aound R145 000 which includes a full installation, insurance and maintenance service solution. http://ewn.co.za/Media/2016/04/15/Tesla-home-power-kit-heads-to-SA
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A Hyundai i20 for Craighall Primary School | Auto Pedigree
A Hyundai i20 For Craighall Primary
Press Release: 2 March 2016 Coupled with the general laughter and joy of starting a new year back at school,excitement ran high at the beginning of the year at Craighall Primary School. Learners, staff, and parents alike all shared in the delight when the school management received a Hyundai i20  from Auto Pedigree. The school has been experiencing huge transportation challenges in their daily activities, and the school principal, Mrs. Parout-Jones stressed the importance of the initiative, adding:“It solves what would have been a particular logistical headache for our school and learners  this year. Now we can focus on what we do best, educating the youth at Craighall Primary. A big ‘thank you’to Auto Pedigree from all at Craighall Primary.” Actual ownership of the vehicle will be passed over to the school once a specific sales target is achieved, and plans have already been laid out to assist the school in achieving this target. Auto Pedigree has a proud history of giving back to communities, particularly in the filed of education and are fully committed to the success of the initiative.
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Cars we love
Cars we love
Last week we wrote about what it is about cars that we humans love. Our first cars will always hold a special place in our hearts and there’ll always be a special relationship with our trusty, everyday runaround.   While not everyone can or would want to spend their money for a privilege of having a glorious, premium vehicle parked in their garage, there’s always room to dream. These are the cars that most of us would probably never buy but can’t help but love. With an endless range of beautiful cars, we decided to pick just three.   3. Lamborghini Miura – The Fastest Sports Car in the World The Lamborghini Miura sports car was produced between 1966 and 1973. At launch, it had a top speed of 280 km/h and an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, making it the fastest production road car available in the world. The Miura’s central V12 engine, groundbreaking body shape and its incredible speed set new standards in the world of sports cars. Today, the new Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage honours what is also one of the most beautiful cars ever made.   2. McClaren F1 - The Finest Sports Car The World Has Ever Seen Production of the McClaren F1 began in 1992. On 31 March 1998 (it’s last year of production) the British sports car set the record for the world’s fastest production car. Only 106 cars were manufactured. It’s projected value falls within $12 – 15 million. “Power, pace and peerless quality, the legendary McLaren F1 is a technological masterpiece. The fastest production car of its time. The finest sports car of its generation. For many, the greatest super car ever built.” 1. Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost – The Best Car in the World In its first few years of production, the Silver Ghost was the best touring car in the world. Rolls-Royce produced 7,874 Silver Ghosts between the years 1906 and 1926. The Silver Ghost was claimed to be the “Best Car in the World” by Auto car in 1907. In 2012, not only was it the best, but it became the most valuable car in the world when it fetched $7.1million at an auction.  Every Rolls-Royce engine ever made is entirely hand built, and approximately 65% of all Rolls-Royce motor cars are still roadworthy and in use today.   Looking for a reliable second hand car that won’t cost an arm and a leg? Then look no further than AutoPedigree’s trade assistance. Visit any of our 65 branches nationwide,select from 3,000 quality used vehicles, and you could drive away with a car that suits your lifestyle the very same day.       Disclaimer: Auto Pedigree and the authors make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or by following any link on this site. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
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Motor car
Who invented the car
Almost everyone knows that Henry Ford invented the Model T, the first commercially available automobile. But to the question of who invented the first car, it really depends whom you ask, and exactly what you mean by 'car'. Automobiles throughout history have been propelled by various means, such as gasoline, electric, and steam. They have also been invented and built for different purposes. For these reasons there is no straightforward answer.   The World's First Self-Propelled Vehicle Design   To find the first self-propelled vehicle design we have to go way back in time to the fifteenth century. This design was of a cart designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Powered by coiled springs, it had steering and braking capabilities. Although it wasn't built during Leonardo da Vinci's own time, a museum in Italy turned his design into a working model with the help of a U.S. robotics expert, Mark Rosheim. The model is on display at The Institute and Meseum of the History of Science in Florence. A design way before its time, nevertheless, this vehicle cannot be seen as a car, strictly speaking.   The World's First Fuel-Powered Car   Though there have been numerous designs and inventions since Leonardo da Vinci's using different methods of propulsion and in varying degrees of successes and failures, the first true, modern, practical, petrol-driven automobile was the three-wheeled motor car invented by German engine designer Karl Benz in 1885. The vehicle featured wire wheels powered by a four-stroke engine that he designed. The engine sat mounted between the rear wheels and equipped with an advanced coil ignition. The engine was not radiator-cooled but made use of an evaporative system. Engine power was transmitted to the wheels by means of two roller chains to the rear axle. Its design was revolutionary and Karl Benz was granted a patent on January 29, 1886 as an "automobile fueled by gas".   Karl Benz and his wife Bertha are honoured for their roles in the history of automobiles. Auto Pedigree has been trading in quality late-model vehicles for over 35 years, bringing a culture of service, a no-nonsense approach to dealing with customers, and a thorough understanding of motoring needs. To have all your questions answered about buying a second hand car from Autp Pedigree, Contact us.       Disclaimer: Auto Pedigree and the authors make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or by following any link on this site. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. Auto Pedigree and the authors will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
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