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2015 Holden Colorado 7 LTZ Review: Sand driving

Sponsored by Holden. Life is busy - too often we plan to do something on the weekend, get away from it all, escape the everyday - and rarely do. But what if you actually did all those things? Sand driving is one of those 'that would be fun' ideas that too-often end up falling victim to couch-time or a BBQ and beers...

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DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check
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DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check

Protect yourself and your family with a DIY tyre safety check this Easter long weekend. Unpredictable weather and increased traffic volumes make the Easter long weekend a highly dangerous period on Australian roads. Standing water, rapidly changing conditions, high speeds, driver fatigue and frantic holiday traffic can make an Easter getaway a dangerous proposition...


DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check

DIY: Easter Tyre Safety Check

It takes just five minutes and it could save a life. You can take steps to protect yourself and those you love by conducting a DIY tyre safety check before you hit the road this Easter long weekend. With unpredictable weather and increased traffic volumes, the Easter long weekend has the potential to be a highly dangerous period on Australian roads...


Emergency Stop Signal explained
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Emergency Stop Signal explained

Vehicle safety is becoming ever more paramount, so it's reassuring to know that high quality technology is filtering its way down from high-end models into more affordable vehicles...


Global NCAP calls for end to unsafe cars in low- and middle-income markets
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Global NCAP calls for end to unsafe cars in low- and middle-income markets

The head of international vehicle safety advocate Global NCAP says it is “entirely unacceptable” that millions of cars sold in low- and middle-income countries are failing to meet basic safety standards. Global NCAP chairman Max Mosley issued a report at the United Nations’ Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations in Geneva calling on vehicle manufacturers to democratise safety for all cars around the world...


Kia Pro cee'd GT Emergency Stop Signal
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Kia Pro cee'd GT Emergency Stop Signal

Stop suddenly? In many new cars like the Kia pro cee'd GT, the brake light will flash rapidly to give other drivers additional warning.


Mazda 3 Neo : Boss defends lack of reverse-view camera; says kids shouldn't be on driveways
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Mazda 3 Neo : Boss defends lack of reverse-view camera; says kids shouldn't be on driveways

The boss of Mazda Australia has defended his company’s decision not to equip the entry-level Mazda 3 with a standard reverse-view camera, saying that drivers need to take more care and parents need to keep children out of driveways...


Suzuki Celerio gets four-star ANCAP rating amid braking issue
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Suzuki Celerio gets four-star ANCAP rating amid braking issue

The Australian-market Suzuki Celerio has managed to outperform its European counterpart with a four-star ANCAP safety result announced overnight. The news comes just hours after Suzuki Australia confirmed it had delayed the launch of its new micro car due to a brake issue detected overseas. The four-seat Celerio replaces the Alto in the Japanese car maker's line-up...


Jaguar Land Rover trialling safety system that taps drivers on the shoulder to warn of cyclists
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Jaguar Land Rover trialling safety system that taps drivers on the shoulder to warn of cyclists

Jaguar Land Rover is trialling a new advanced safety system to help warn drivers of nearby cyclists and motorcycles in a number of unique ways, including making sounds like ringing bells and physically tapping drivers on the shoulder. The technologies form part of the British luxury car maker’s ‘Bike Sense’ project that is currently being conducted at its Advanced Research Centre in the UK...


Safe, young Queensland drivers to be rewarded with free licences in LNP pre-election promise
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Safe, young Queensland drivers to be rewarded with free licences in LNP pre-election promise

Young Queensland drivers who complete their learner and provisional licence periods with a clean record will be rewarded with a free three-year licence if the Liberal National Party is re-elected. Under the scheme, any driver under 25 about to graduate to their open licence who hasn’t picked up any demerit points will be rewarded with a three-year licence, saving them $118...


2014 Australian road toll falls to lowest level since 1945
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2014 Australian road toll falls to lowest level since 1945

Australia’s road toll fell to its lowest level in almost 70 years in 2014 and the national rate of road deaths per 100,000 people dipped to the lowest level since records began 90 years ago. The total number of road deaths last year was 1155 – down 3.1 per cent from 2013 – marking the lowest road toll since 1945...


Honda Accord Euro, Civic, CR-V, Jazz : 21,752 vehicles recalled as Takata airbag defect grows
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Honda Accord Euro, Civic, CR-V, Jazz : 21,752 vehicles recalled as Takata airbag defect grows

Honda Australia is recalling a total of 21,752 vehicles across four key models as the fallout continues from a widespread fault related to airbags manufactured by Japanese auto parts company Takata. Already affecting millions of vehicles from a gamut of manufacturers worldwide, the latest addition to the Takata airbag recall includes 8233 CR-Vs, 5908 Jazzs, 5106 Honda Accord Euros and 2505 Civics, all built between 2003-2004...


Australian engineers develop reverse auto-braking system to prevent driveway deaths
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Australian engineers develop reverse auto-braking system to prevent driveway deaths

A team of Melbourne-based Bosch engineers have designed a new reverse auto-braking system designed to prevent driveway accidents and deaths that it hopes will rollout within two years.  The system is called Back Over Avoidance, and it works by applying radar and ultrasonic sensors to detect a small object behind a reversing car — such as a child — and apply the car’s brakes automatically...


Mitsubishi recalls more than 106,000 Lancer, Outlander, ASX models
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Mitsubishi recalls more than 106,000 Lancer, Outlander, ASX models

Mitsubishi Australia has recalled more than 106,000 vehicles to correct three safety issues, including more than 73,000 Lancer small cars and 28,000 Outlander SUVs over an engine belt defect. The recall is the company's second massive recall in four months, after it called back 114,862 vehicles in August over a issue with the turn signals and lighting switches of a range of models...


Ford EcoSport recalled over wiring defect
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Ford EcoSport recalled over wiring defect

Almost 3000 Ford EcoSport SUVs have been recalled in Australia to correct a wiring defect that may cause the side airbags to not deploy correctly. A total of 2804 EcoSport models produced between June 15, 2013 and August 26, 2014 are affected by the recall...


Toyota RAV4, Echo recalled over airbag concern
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Toyota RAV4, Echo recalled over airbag concern

Toyota Australia has announced a recall for RAV4 and Echo models built in the early 2000s over concerns about the driver's side airbag assembly. The recall affects 260 RAV4 models built between July and August 2003, as well as approximately 8000 Echo models built between December 2002 and September 2003...


Nissan Micra: 12,859 hatchbacks join Takata airbag recall in Australia
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Nissan Micra: 12,859 hatchbacks join Takata airbag recall in Australia

Almost 13,000 Nissan Micra hatchbacks in Australia have joined the Takata airbag recall that has affected millions of vehicles from multiple manufacturers around the world. The official recall notice published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s website states 12,859 current-generation (K13) Nissan Micra models built between September 2010 and October 2011 have been recalled to correct the airbag defect...


Labor pledges $146m for young driver road safety program in Victoria
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Labor pledges $146m for young driver road safety program in Victoria

Every Year 10 student will be enrolled in a free defensive driving course as part of a $146 million proposal by Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews to invest in young driver training and education. Andrews unveiled his ‘Road Safety Starts Early’ program today at the Metec Driver Training facility in Bayswater North, emphasising the importance of arming young Victorians with the skills and support they need to become safe drivers...


DIY: tyre changing tips

DIY: tyre changing tips

Chances are we'll all eventually find ourselves in this sticky situation - stranded on the side of a busy road with a flat or punctured tyre. No need to panic. Most people, whether they know it or not, are more than capable of changing a tyre - provided of course, the spare and tools haven't been long ago ditched to make way for more boot room...


Safety shouldn’t be an optional extra
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Safety shouldn’t be an optional extra

News this week that the all-new 2015 Mazda 2 will not come with some potentially life saving safety equipment as standard has sparked a conversation that needs to be had: should safety cost you more? My opinion is that no, it most certainly shouldn't – for the most part...