Madiba’s Hand-Crafted Mercedez Benz
The Red Car Madiba Loved
As the late president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, there are a few things we know about the great South African leader Mr. Nelson Mandela, known as Madiba.   We know that he was born in the Transkei on 18 July 1918 with the name Rolihlahla Mandela. We know that he was a civil rights activist, anti-apartheid revolutionary, philanthropist, author, and Nobel Prize winner. But did you know that Nelson Mandela loved cars?   The most noteworthy of cars that he owned in his life was one that was presented to him as a gift shortly after his release from 27 years of prisonment.   When the news of his release was announced, there was much excitement, but then the question was asked, “What now?” This was the start of how one man named Philip Groom and a group of workers at the Mercedes-Benz factory in East London were inspired to pay tribute to a man who fought selflessly for freedom for the South African people.   They decided to present Mandela with a gift. That gift was a car made with parts donated by Mercedes-Benz by the factory workers in their own time with their own hands. To them, the car was symbolic of the nation united, brought together by Madiba, all moving forward as one. It embodied the pride they take in their craft, and reflects the pride they feel for the great man.   The car was to be presented by the workers and NUMSA (National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa). When Mandela received the bright red W126 S-Class Mercedes-Benz, he said that the colour would not only remind him of NUMSA’s colours, but also of the blood that was spilled by many South Africans of all colours in the fight for peace and freedom and the end to apartheid in South Africa.   This was a car Madiba loved because it was made with the labour of love. It now lives in the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Watch the heart-warming video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLtYr3d0wvs   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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Drive respectfully
How to drive respectfully
This month, we honour the great leader Nelson Mandela who was born on 18 July 1918 and died 5 December 2013. He was one of the most loved and respected people in the world, and in fact even till today he is the most respected international figure in the entire world. We are inspired by his compassion, concern for others, desire for peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Let's all make the effort to adopt his ways, wherever we are, on the road as well as in our lives.   Driver Attitude     In April this year, the Automobile Association conducted a survey that formed part of ongoing research by the AA into driving conditions, driver attitudes, and driver behaviour on South African roads.   According to the survey, with just under 1000 people being polled, nearly 75% of people believe the attitude of motorists towards one another has deteriorated since 2015. The results seem to indicate that most motorists believe the problems on South African roads are someone else’s fault. This attitude implies not enough motorists are taking responsibility for their actions.     The Meaning of Respect     The dictionary definition of the word Respect is: "Due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others." It may be that if we all employed this attitude while driving on the road, the problem of bad behavior and along with it many unnecessary struggles would be solved. Yet it seems easier said than done.   When driving on the roads, we need to understand that the responsibility to drive with the right attitude towards other drivers lies with us as individuals. Evaluate your your behavior towards other road users – is it how you would like to be treated?   For a little help, remind yourself to drive with the right attitude towards other drivers. Start with 3 simple rules:   Allow space between yourself and the car in front Allow other cars to merge into your lane Be patient   It’s not easy when everyone else is breaking the rules, but just like Nelson Mandela, it has to start from just one person. That’s you.   What to read next/Related links:   By employing the 3 simple rules, you will also manage to:   Maintain Your Vehicle’s Reliability Maximise its Value Keep it in Good Condition for as Long as Possible       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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Top motoring
Top motoring news in June 2017
Future Car Technologies What does the future hold for the automotive industry? Driverless cars are already being tested on the road and internet connected systems are being integrated into vehicles, but there are a number of new technological advances still to come in the near future. http://www.wheels24.co.za/Fuel_Focus/infographic-12-technologies-that-will-feature-in-future-cars-20170619 Planned Taxi Protest in July A national taxi strike is on the cards just one month after the protests in Johannesburg in mid-June took place. The protests will target government entities with the purpose of highlighting issues the taxi industry is experiencing, such as operating licenses, transport subsidies, and the exclusion of the taxi industry from state-owned lending institutions. The strike is planned for 15 July, with no taxis operating for the full day. http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/another-taxi-protest-planned-for-next-month-9879322 Fuel Price Fall Phase 1 The price of all grades of petrol decreased by 25 cents on Wednesday, 7 June, while the price of diesel dropped by 23 cents. A welcome relief for motorists who saw a 30 cent increase in May. The reduction was the result of the rand’s gain against the US dollar in May, along with retreating international petroleum prices. The AA’s medium-term outlook for the fuel price is that lower international petroleum prices will be key to maintaining local fuel price stability if the rand weakens again. http://www.shell.co.za/motorists/shell-fuels/petrol-price.html Fuel Price Fall Phase 2 After the fuel price fall in early June, another drop is expected in July, according to the Automobile Association. Again, this is the result of a strong rand and a declining international oil price. The AA said that the rand remained mostly stable against the US dollar in the first half of June, with strength in the currency contributing 3 cents a litre to the drop. The sharp price decrease for petrol is between 60 – 64 cents a litre and 60 cents for diesel. https://businesstech.co.za/news/energy/179917/big-petrol-price-drop-coming-in-july/       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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Fun to drive
What makes a car fun to drive
Fun means enjoyment and the fact that it puts a smile on your dial, mile for mile.   If you’re on the market for a car you’ve likely read a lot of car reviews and listened to many a car commercial in the hope that you’ll be better informed by the time you spend your hard-earned money. During this period you may have all too often heard the phrase "fun to drive". Perhaps this means nothing to you or even leaves you more confused about your car buying decision. Car enthusiasts will be able to debate the question for days and each will know exactly what it means to them. It is completely subject to personal opinion and differs from one individual to the next. However, if you haven’t experienced the ‘fun factor’ yet or you’re a new driver, this list may help give you a broad idea of what makes a car enjoyable to drive.   Suspension and handling – for the feel of control and focus, and smooth twists and turns around bends Ability to maintain a consistent speed on the open road - makes for a relaxing and soothing drive. Torque and speed – no struggling uphills but also for the adrenaline rush! Small, light and nimble – for zipping around corners. Refined steering and pedal shifting – smooth action, no wrestling. Quirky styling – enough to make those heads turn. Spirit - encourages you to accelerate a little harder and corner a little faster. Grip and performance to handle the power of the motor. Communication and connection – Being able to feel the car and how it responds back to you through the steering and throttle could be the number one fun factor. It makes you want to just drive with no destination in mind. Smiling - if there’s a big grin on your face while you’re driving, then you know you’re finally experiencing the fun factor!   Experience the fun of driving. Visit an Auto Pedigree branch near you and see our range of quality used cars for sale. You could drive away with a smile 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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Car safety features
Car safety features for young drivers
Research shows that car accident rates are highest amongst teenagers than any other age for both males and females. This risk is highest soon after they obtain their drivers license, and increases with late night driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving with friends in the car.   Safety is undoubtedly the most important feature for inexperienced drivers, and while the best safety system is driving responsibly and attentively at all times, young drivers need all the help they can get.  So while your teenager might want a car that reflects their personality and lifestyle, before you begin shopping, always put safety ahead of everything and consider the following factors.     Buy Low Mileage, Newer Models   Dont buy an old car for your teen. The old mini you have had from the 70s may be filled with character and still going strong, but is not quite suitable for a teenager. Though it may be romantic to hand down the heritage from your youth, vehicles this old have no safety features fit for a young driver.     Sturdy Over Light   Buy the sturdiest vehicle you can afford for your young driver. Though lighter cars have the advantage of better fuel economy and are more nimble to handle, heavier cars tend to be sturdier and provide better protection in an accident.     Safety in New Technology   Older models lack the new technology that newer models have. These are some safety features for you to consider:   Electronic stability control  ESC technology detects the skidding or swerving of a vehicle and helps stabilise and apply brakes to help control the vehicle.  This is an important life-saving feature for inexperienced drivers. Anti-lock brakes" When roads are slick or wet, responsible drivers know to slow down and be patient. Young drivers have yet to develop this habit, and need a fair amount of help in rainy conditions or oil patches on the road.  Brakes can lock up, making the driver lose control of steering and braking.  Many older cars dont have anti-lock brakes, another reason why buying a newer model for your teenager makes better sense. Forward collision warning system" FCW helps reduce collisions in the front of your car. It does so with the use of radar that detects vehicles or other obstacles in front, and calculates the distance between the car and the obstacle. If the distance is close enough for risk of a collision the system alerts the driver in time to react, thus avoiding a potentially fatal accident. Automatic Emergency Braking" This system is sometimes paired with Forward Collision Warning as a back up in case the driver fails to heed or react fast enough to the warning signal. Finally, we have to reiterate that there is no better safety system than careful and attentive driving. No safety system offered by technology can prevent an accident on its own. Young drivers should not see these systems as a replacement for good driving in any situation. If you are looking for a quality, low-mileage car for your young driver, you have come to the right place! Auto Pedigree stocks a wide range of popular vehicles from Audis to VWs and more. All our vehicles undergo a 118-point quality check for your peace of mind. Contact us today and book a test drive.   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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Top cars news june
Top news in June
Traffic Fine Differences: Western Cape vs. Joburg   A study by Compareguru.co.za found that the cost of fines in the Western Cape is notably higher compared to other areas of the country. It was revealed that traffic fines in the Western Cape were often double or triple the AARTO equivalent. Local government hopes to clamp down on reckless driving and unroadworthy vehicles with the higher fines as a deterrent. http://compareguru.co.za/news/western-cape-vs-joburg-traffic-fine-costs-shock/   Diesel Cars Increasing in Popularity in South Africa The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) reported that in 2016, for the third successive year, new vehicle sales in South Africa recorded a year-on-year decline. They also noted that the popularity of diesel-engine models has been steadily increasing over recent years - still comparitively low to western Europe. https://businesstech.co.za/news/motoring/176301/diesel-vs-petrol-vs-electric-car-sales-in-south-africa/   Licences for Tuk-tuks on South African Roads  The number of tuk-tuks has grown rapidly over the past couple of years, but the laws around the legality and safety of transporting good and people are not so clear. It seems that tuk tuks may be operated without licences as long as they are not transporting people. They are absolutely required to be licenced if they are being used as a means of public transportation. https://businesstech.co.za/news/motoring/175263/what-the-law-says-about-tuk-tuks-on-south-african-roads/   Do Not Disturb While Driving With the volumes of road deaths caused by distracted driving, much of which cell phones are a cause of, Apple aims to assist drivers by blocking text messages. The phone detects that its owner is in a car and not using Apple CarPlay, and mute notifications, sending a automated text message. Do Not Disturb While Driving (DNDWD) will launch this autumn as part of iOS 11 for the iPhone and iPad. http://citizen.co.za/motoring/motoring-news-motoring/1534181/soon-iphone-will-block-texts-driving/      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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Baby car seat guide
Driving with a baby on board
    As a parent, safety should be a top priority for our children. However, a study by the Medical Research Council showed that road injuries are the eighth leading cause of death of children between the ages of 0 - 4. And that figure jumped to a shocking second position for children between the ages of 5 - 14.     What are the contributing factors? Listen to this 2-minute podcast with Xolani Gwala: http://ewn.co.za/2017/03/13/listen-child-road-death-stats-too-high The regulation by the National Road TrafficAct in South Africa regarding child car seats state that children may only travel in a car if they are secured in a car seat.   Choose the Correct Child Car Seat   With so many choices from the many different styles of baby car seats how do you know which is the right one best suited to your needs? There are a number of aspects to consider such as:   Age and size of child Proper fit for your child Proper fit of the child seat to your specific car Safety ratings of the child seat It is commended that children face sitting the rear of the car until at least the age of two or until they reach the maximum height or weight for the car seat.  Read more about Child Car Seat Guidelines here.     Acclimatise Your Baby To The Car Seat   It's important to familiarise your baby with their new car seat before strapping them in and driving off. Let them spend some time in it around the house so that they become more comfortable with it.     Avoid Choking Hazards   While it may help with acclimatisation by giving them toys to play with while you're able to watch them, when baby is strapped up in the back seats behind you, you cannot watch him while driving,and even less see him if he is facing the rear of the car. When in the car and driving, avoid giving babies anything that can cause choking - even food.     Avoid Loose Objects   While we always try to drive as safely as possible when travelling with precious cargo, the reality is that driving on the roads is not always guaranteed plain sailing. Swerving, braking, or any other sudden jerking movements of the vehicle can send loose objects flying and cause serious injury to passengers. Put baby bottles, toys, bags, pens, etc.away in a secure place such as the boot or the cubbyhole.   WHAT TO READ NEXT: Car Features for Mom     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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Top Car Features Moms Will Love
Top Car Features Moms Will Love
Being a mother is one of life’s great gifts but also one of life’s biggest challenges. Wouldn’t it be great if there were cars that were designed specifically with features that made life easier for moms? We chose five top car features that we wished upon for Mothers’ Day, but that would continue to be useful even after the children have grown up.     1. In-Car Vacuum Cleaner   Absolutely one of the most useful,non-essential car feature any mother will pay good money for is an on-board vacuum cleaner - one that will suck up biscuit crumbs, melted chocolate, spilt smoothie, and beach sand efficiently and effectively.     2. Dual-Level Cargo Floor   When it comes to kids one thing we can never have enough of is space. Boot spaces that cleverly incorporate an extra level of storage allows for neater packing for the daily commute, shopping trips, or family road trips. The lower level is ideal for storing things that are kept in the car, such as extra clothes, shopping bags, umbrellas, blankets and other just-in-case items.     3. Conversation Mirrors   For moms, handier than a vanity mirror for the driver seat is a conversation mirror that is convex-shaped and allows you to see a full view of the back seats. Sleeping babies can be checked upon from time to time, mischievous children can be watched and spoken to sternly without having to turn your head and take your eyes off the road.     4. Foot-Activated Tailboard   With a baby in one arm, a pushchair under the other and grocery shopping to load, moms often wish they had two extra limbs. Foot-activated tailboards were invented for those moments. A sensor under the tailboard recognises your foot movement and opens the rear door automatically – as long as the remote car key is in within close enough range.     5. Self-Driving Car   And finally, the ultimate feature for any mom must be the driverless car (a.k.a. an autonomous car), one that navigates between traffic on the road with very little human interaction. Although this reality is still a few years away, it won’t be very long before moms of the future can look forward to enjoying stress-free rides with their children while giving them the attention they need.     Looking for a quality second hand car? AutoPedigree has great used car deals in 65 dealerships across the country. Visit us today!     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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