DIY: back to basics (warning, shock tactics)

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DIY: back to basics (warning, shock tactics)

What do you do when you get in the driver's seat of a new car for the first time? Make sure you’re comfortable, right? Wrong. There’s a process you need to follow to ensure you’re in the best position to control the car, and stay as safe as you can in the event of a crash...

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DIY: back to basics
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DIY: back to basics

What do you need to check when you sit in the drivers seat of a car for the first time? Driving position, steering wheel position, where to put your hands on the wheel and adjusting your mirrors - all explained.


Volvo-backed AstaZero advanced safety proving ground opens in Sweden
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Volvo-backed AstaZero advanced safety proving ground opens in Sweden

Volvo says the opening of the AstaZero advanced proving ground in Sweden brings it a step closer to realising its dream that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020. AstaZero, which stands for ‘Active Safety Test Area’ and represents the vision of zero traffic fatalities, claims to be the world’s first full-scale proving ground for testing future traffic safety solutions...


Lexus to roll out more safety tech
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Lexus to roll out more safety tech

Lexus is seeking to bolster its safety credentials with the rollout of several “visibility technologies” on its sedan and SUV lines by early 2015.  The Japanese premium brand will make both blind-spot monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) — a sensor-based system that alerts the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space — either standard or optional on its exiting and future models...


DIY: Engine Oil Explained

DIY: Engine Oil Explained

  Last week we ascertained that engine oil isn’t the only vital fluid integral to your car’s mechanical systems. While there’s various other fluids helping things work, engine oil is most commonly misunderstood. In addition to engine oil, other crucial lubricants your car uses include transmission fluid (commonly called gearbox oil) and differential fluid...


NRMA offers cheaper insurance for cars with AEB as standard
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NRMA offers cheaper insurance for cars with AEB as standard

NRMA Insurance will reduce premiums for those who own vehicles with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) fitted as standard, but rival insurers will not follow suit any time soon. Head of research Robert McDonald made the announcement this week, revealing that depending on the type of system, car owners who take out a new policy with NRMA or renew their existing policy could save up to 15 per cent...


How to fit snow chains
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How to fit snow chains

With record snowfalls this year, it has never been more tempting to pack the car and head for the mountains. As the weather can be unpredictable, you may need to fit your snow chains. James Ward runs through the steps to ensure you stay safe in snow and icy conditions.


Mitsubishi recalls 1600 4WD diesel Outlander and ASX models
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Mitsubishi recalls 1600 4WD diesel Outlander and ASX models

Mitsubishi Australia is recalling 1626 four-wheel drive diesel-powered Outlander and ASX SUVs due to a possible fault with the vehicles’ transfer cases that could lead to a loss of drive. Split between two models, the recall affects 1324 Mitsubishi Outlander models manufactured between September 12, 2012 and June 18, 2013 and 302 ASXs manufactured between April 16 and June 18, 2013...


Nissan Qashqai and Ssangyong Stavic face ANCAP criticism
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Nissan Qashqai and Ssangyong Stavic face ANCAP criticism

ANCAP has lashed out at Nissan and South Korean brand Ssangyong following its latest round of safety testing, the results of which were published today.  A trio of new models were subjected to the safety body’s regimen, with two — the Nissan Qashqai crossover and new Mercedes-Benz C-Class — scoring the maximum five stars, and Ssangyong’s Stavic people-mover falling short with a four-star result...


Victorian Government, Opposition reject calls for 0.02 blood-alcohol limit
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Victorian Government, Opposition reject calls for 0.02 blood-alcohol limit

The Victorian Government and the Opposition have both rejected calls from Victoria Police and road safety experts to reduce the legal blood-alcohol limit to 0.02. Victoria Police this week reopened the debate over the current 0.05 blood-alcohol limit, claiming that reducing the legal limit would cut the number of deaths and the level of trauma caused by drink-drivers...


Holden Commodore, Caprice: 3472 LPG models recalled
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Holden Commodore, Caprice: 3472 LPG models recalled

More than 3000 LPG-powered Holden Commodore and Caprice vehicles have been recalled over two separate issues relating to their fuel systems. The recall affects approximately 3472 vehicles in Australia and 124 in New Zealand built between February 10, 2011 and June 19, 2014...


GM global recall woes expand past 28 million vehicles
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GM global recall woes expand past 28 million vehicles

General Motors has expanded its 2014 global recall count past 28 million vehicles following the recall of a further 8.4 million vehicles worldwide. Spread across six campaigns and covering model-year vehicles from 1997 to 2014, the latest crop of recalls, which takes GM's 2014 recall tally to 54 campaigns and around 28...


Renault releases interactive road safety game for kids with eye on reducing global fatalities
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Renault releases interactive road safety game for kids with eye on reducing global fatalities

Renault has released a new interactive game intended to educate younger children on road safety and sustainable mobility. Dubbed "Safety and Mobility for All", the new digital game is part of an expansion of Renault’s own identically named road safety program initiated in 2000 – aimed at helping to achieve the United Nations’ objective of halving road fatalities by 2020...


BMW engine recall : more than 2900 vehicles across eight model lines affected
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BMW engine recall : more than 2900 vehicles across eight model lines affected

BMW Australia is recalling more than 2900 vehicles across eight of its model ranges due to an issue related to three of its turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engines. The fault stems from a lose connection on the housing of the Valvetronic variable valve timing unit on turbocharged 2.5- and 3.0-litre N51, N52 and N55 engines...


Mercedes-Benz E400 : Distronic Plus with Steering Assist demonstrated
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Mercedes-Benz E400 : Distronic Plus with Steering Assist demonstrated

Demonstrated here in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E400, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist is designed to help drivers not only maintain a safe, and pre-set, distance to the vehicle ahead of them while travelling at a desired speed, but also stay within their lane with the aid of automated steering inputs. Mercedes-Benz have always lead the world in terms of safety technology in their cars...


Toyota recalls 19,600 Corolla, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC430 vehicles a second time
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Toyota recalls 19,600 Corolla, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC430 vehicles a second time

Almost 20,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles recalled last year over an airbag defect will be forced back to dealerships to have the issue addressed a second time. Toyota Australia says the issue affects approximately 19,600 Toyota Corolla and Avensis Verso and Lexus SC430 models produced between January 2001 and May 2003...


2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled over unintended acceleration threat
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled over unintended acceleration threat

More than 400 Jeep Grand Cherokees have been recalled in Australia over an issue with the SUV’s adaptive cruise control that can cause it to accelerate unintentionally to “very high speeds”. The recall affects 423 model year 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SRT models in Australia...


Volkswagen Eyes on the Road ad shocks unsuspecting viewers with a bold phone use message
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Volkswagen Eyes on the Road ad shocks unsuspecting viewers with a bold phone use message

Volkswagen has taken a bold step in its attempts to stop drivers from using their mobile phones at the wheel, surprising cinemagoers at a packed Hong Kong theatre with an interactive shock campaign. The ad, which was shown as a trailer to a feature film at the MCL Cinema in Hong Kong, shows a point-of-view account of a person getting into their car and setting off on a drive...


Euro NCAP slams quadricycle safety
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Euro NCAP slams quadricycle safety

Euro NCAP has slammed the safety of quadricycles after modified crash tests revealed very poor safety standards that seriously risk life-threatening injuries...


BMW, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz top IIHS auto-brake tests
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BMW, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz top IIHS auto-brake tests

The BMW 5 Series and X5, Hyundai Genesis and Mercedes-Benz E-Class have earned perfect scores in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s latest round of auto-brake testing...