With crime escalating and bad drivers appearing as quick as the fuel price increases, dash cams are more needed than ever before. Unfortunately, most of the time, a dashcam won't appear on the features list in a new car for sale ad. You can expect Bluetooth, air conditioner, airbags, power steering, central locking and CD/radio among other features, but until the day dashcams become part of the package you'll find yourself looking elsewhere for a solution. And, you should.
Many Pros It's Reasonable To Want To Buy A Dash Cam
From the moment you start your engine to the moment you end your road journey and switch your engine off, the dashcam has captured everything. A lot happens on the road - whether it's a quick trip from A to B or a long trip many kilometres long. You could have a car accident, experience a bad driver with road rage or you could get hijacked. This is why you need a dashcam, no matter the journey.
If you're in a car accident, the dashcam is the most effective and strongest proof you will have for defending yourself and offering evidence to your insurer. The whole accident will be videotaped and recorded, with no detail of the incident missed. If you encounter a bad driver on the road or witness bad driving behaviour, the recording on your dashcam allows you to report the behaviour or driver easily and accurately.
Business owners can track driver's movements on the road, especially in the case that petrol usage doesn't equate to mileage reports. Concerned parents can keep track of their teenager's driving habits, monitor their speed limits and be in the know about their whereabouts as well.
Worried about road traffic police and being verbally abused or unfairly treated when stopped in a roadblock? The dashcam will record the encounter, and in the case of unfair treatment or unfair fines given, the cam will provide valuable recordings and evidence against the officer if you choose to open a case against him or her after the encounter.
Need More Reasons To Dash To The Shops?
With all the above reasons, we're sure you're already convinced to buy a dashcam! However, let us sweeten the deal and advise you on more pros of a dashcam. Dashcams truly make the driving experience better for you in more ways than one! Many models offer built-in GPS, so the dashcam will assist you in finding your way through the busy streets easily. Out with the old GPS devices and in with the new dashcam ones, hey?
Dashcams also videotape and document those beautiful, long road trips to the bush or sandy beaches - making collectable memories along the way. You'll have a flowing video diary of your holiday with all its stop-offs, and scenic landscapes driven past stored on the device and enjoyed later on screen.
When Buying, Don't Dash But Take A Long Pause!
When choosing the best dash cam for you and your car, take your time. Take a long pause when reviewing different makes online or in-store. When searching for the best dash cam in a market which boasts a variety of top brands, factor in your needs when considering the best one for you, not just the features listed on the product box. You may want a high-end, state-of-the-art dash camera which comes with colour display, data and time stamps, multiple lenses or a low-end one with limited features. However, the best dash cams, regardless of features do the jobs they are made to do and fulfil multiple purposes. The best dashcams have the best functionality!
Do some research and evaluate the pros and cons of each make and model and also keep in mind a few of the following important considerations.
First and foremost, consider video resolution! The best dash cams have a video resolution of HD 720p and upwards. You need good quality, clear footage to make out license plates, car models and driver's faces, so ensure your dashcam has high resolution. You'll also need a dashcam that has large storage capacity to ensure all footage is recorded. The top dash cams also have night vision, so look for this feature! Automatic on and off capabilities is a must-have for a top-of-the-line dashcam allowing you to switch your engine on and know that recording has begun without you having to remember to switch the dashcam on. The last thing you want is to have a blonde moment and forget to switch on the cam and be involved in an accident!
Consider loop recording when seeking the best of the best dash cams. When in an accident, rather have your dashcam continue recording over previous footage when the storage fills up instead of stopping completely. Also, consider impact sensors on the dashcam. These are extremely useful in detecting accidents and immediately start recording minutes before impact. Only the best dash cams have these!
Now that you're convinced that the new cars for sale at Imperial Select deserve new dashboard cameras for all the right reasons, and know how to find the best dash cam, visit us! Get in touch with one of our professional sales reps today who will advise you on the best vehicle to house your new dashcam.
We all know that windscreens aren't cheap to replace and you'd rather just hold out with a bit of damage to it than to have to deal with the extra expenses that fixing it will bring. But is it safe to drive around with a crack in your windscreen, and if so, to what extent? Here are a few key things you need to know about windscreen damage and what you can - and should - do when faced with a cracked or chipped windscreen.
Is It Safe To Drive With A Cracked Windscreen?
This depends on several factors, including the following
If the crack is small and doesn't cover a large portion of your windscreen, it should be safe to drive with it for a while. Small cracks are also easier to repair or patch up to keep it from worsening or growing larger.
Small cracks on the passenger side of the car are generally safer as it doesn't distract the driver as much as one right in front of them. This is because it creates much less of a distraction and visual obstruction, which may very likely draw the driver's attention away from the road.
3. Severity Of The Damage
If your car's windscreen was battered and left with numerous chips and cracks, you'll have to replace the entire unit. This is also the case if you have a crack that extends beyond a few centimetres or a chip that's left a large fragmentation or even a hole.
4. A Rapidly Spreading Crack
Cracks can rapidly worsen due to temperature changes causing the glass of the window to expand and contract. Patching up the crack right away may prevent this but always consider the good possibility that it won't hold indefinitely.
While windscreens can and do crack, you won't have to worry about glass shattering and falling on you. This is because windscreens are made to remain structurally intact in case of a break, to keep you safe. If you do get a cracked windscreen, it's best to get it assessed by a specialist, just to be safe. Book your car service at Imperial Select.
Most vehicles offer a diesel version of their models, but do you know what the differences are and why it might matter when you decide what fuel-efficient car to buy? We look at the main aspects to consider.
Cost Of Diesel VS Petrol Vehicles
Diesel vehicles are always more expensive to buy than their petrol-based counterparts. This is because diesel engines are technically and mechanically more complex and typically require specialised maintenance. However, diesel vehicles consume significantly less fuel than petrol ones - in fact, you're looking at a saving of between 25-30% on fuel expenses if you often drive long distances. Another benefit of diesel vehicles, in particular 4x4s, is that they have a lot more pulling power than petrol versions. So if you're looking for a powerful and fuel-efficient bakkie or SUV, a diesel would be your best bet. If you are aiming at getting a smaller vehicle that won't need serious power to just drive around to work and back, you'd be better off getting a petrol model.
The Future Of Diesel And Environmental Impact Something To Bear In Mind
Due to rising concern about air pollution and goals to improve emission ratings for vehicles of all kinds, diesel has come under scrutiny in recent years. While both diesel and petrol are fossil fuels which create toxic emissions as by-products, diesel is significantly more harmful and toxic to humans and other organic lifeforms. Inhaling diesel fumes have proven to drastically reduce human lifespan and yet many South African consumers choose to invest in and drive diesel vehicles because of their lower fuel consumption rates. Should diesel engines become penalised locally, we're very likely to see the resale value of diesel vehicles plummeting, in stark contradiction to their current reputation for generally returning more cash to your pocket than a petrol vehicle would once you trade it in or sell it.
South Africa isn't likely to see these strict regulations implemented for quite a few years though, so, for now, the choice of whether you want a petrol or diesel version of the local selection of fuel-efficient cars is still very much up to you.
Contact us at Imperial Select to book an appointment at our car repair workshop.
During a recent public announcement on 24 January, Transport minister Fikile Mbabula announced that there will soon be a drastic change in South African drunk driving laws, which will impact anyone who drives under the influence of alcohol. The current law permits driving if your blood alcohol level is less than 0.5%, but due to the high accident rates on our roads, this has now been revised to enforce an absolute zero-tolerance policy. As of June this year, anyone drinking and driving, regardless of how little they may have had to drink, will be breaking the law. This means that you won't legally be allowed to drive if you've drunk any alcohol, even getting behind the wheel after just one tot of whiskey will carry serious consequences.
How Will This Impact Drivers?
From June 2020, if you test positive for alcohol, regardless of what fraction of a percentage it may be, you will be fined a minimum of R2000 and could face a two-year jail sentence on top of that, depending on the particular circumstances at the time. Drivers will have their drunk driving offences on their permanent criminal record and could very likely have their driving license suspended or entirely revoked. This clampdown on drunk driving comes in conjunction with the new point demerit system that will be implemented later this year, leaving a very tight margin for error for motorists in the country. For example, should you be caught driving after drinking and possibly committing a traffic offence at the same time, you'll have to face the good likelihood that you may not only be fined but also arrested and lose your license as a result.
What Are My Alternative Options?
Your best and the only real choice is to not drink at all if you know you'll need to drive anywhere. Otherwise, select a friend to be the designated and completely sober driver, or get an Uber to transport you if you're planning on a night out. Alternatively, you could just stay at home and have a braai and beer there without worries - just be sure to have your friends stay over or catch a cab home.
While these new laws will cause inconvenience for many South Africans who enjoy a casual beer after work before heading home, the aim of these new policies is to improve safety on our roads and reduce the alarmingly high fatality rates we see each year.
Being a proud car owner, you do your best to keep your car clean, safe and running smoothly. Unfortunately, there are times in life when the unforeseen happens, leaving you either having to fork out money for repairs or insurance excess from a claim, or perhaps even being in an accident where you are not the responsible party. Aside from being a responsible driver and car owner, there are a few extra things you can do to keep yourself safe on the roads or even while you're away from your parked car. Here are a few things which will give you even greater peace of mind when it comes to car security on and off the road
Get A Dash Camera
While they were initially not so commonplace, having an onboard camera in your car to record everything while you drive is fast becoming a very wise investment and precautionary measure in South Africa. Most countries in Europe have entirely banned the use of dashcams in vehicles due to extremely strict data protection laws, but locally there hasn't been any such development - and this means you'll benefit from having one, while it's still legal here. Car accidents, fender benders, collisions with pedestrians or any other road incidents where your car is involved always carry the possibility of being implicated in an offence you weren&rsquot involved in or were not responsible for. Having footage of the incident can be of immense value to help you prove your innocence, contest a liability claim or be irrefutably excused from having involvement in the incident. Dash cameras aren't very expensive to buy, but they could potentially save you a huge amount of money and inconvenience in future.
Our country is equipped with a network of very advanced vehicle tracking and recovery services that are able to constantly keep an eye on your car, even when it's not in transit. Having a tracking device installed will give you complete peace of mind that you'll always know where your car is and if there's any tampering or suspicious activity happening to it while you're not there. Another bonus benefit of having a tracker is that it will bring down your car insurance premiums quite significantly.
'Smash-and-grab' Window Film
A security investment that South Africans have trusted for many years, getting your car windows coated with the protective smash-and-grab film will help prevent unexpected attacks while on the road, keeping you and your loved ones safe. Most glass installation companies offer this service and after application of the treatment, you can drive with the confidence that your windows will not shatter if impacted and you are much less likely to suffer theft or hijacking. Because the film coats both the inside and outside of your car's windows, you won't suffer injury from glass shards because the film keeps the glass contained even if it shatters.
We hope these tips on how to improve your car security features will help guide you towards making improvements to ensure your own safety on the road. For more information on car security or used cars for sale at Imperial Select, contact us today.
You and your car spend many hours a week together, year after year, and you'd surely want to keep it in great running condition so that it doesn't let you down unexpectedly. It&rsquos a good idea for you, as a responsible car owner, to know what signs to look out for and act quickly if you spot any of them. While you don't have to be a mechanic and know all the complicated details of your vehicle, being able to self-identify certain issues can save you a lot of time and money, so we've compiled a list of the 5 biggest things to be on the lookout for so that you know that you need to get it to the best Car repair workshop in your area.
While they don't seem serious, if you start noticing your car isn't behaving quite the same with the little things like your radio or electric windows, pay close attention. Examples of this are your radio not turning on as quickly as usual, your electric windows opening and closing slower than they should or moving at an erratic speed, or your indicator lights suddenly not keeping pace. These small signs can be a warning that there are further issues with your car's electronics system as a whole, so getting it checked out early might well save you a lot of headaches down the line.
Your Car Doesn't Accelerate The Same Anymore Or Guzzles Petrol
If you've had your car for long enough to drive it quite consistently and smoothly, but you're suddenly experiencing issues with it over-revving or not accelerating like it always does, there may be something wrong with your car's electronics or damage to the fuel line. In the same line, if you notice that your usual tank of petrol isn't lasting nearly as long as it normally does and you haven't been taking unusually long trips or made any real changes to your driving routine, there may be several causes that need to be looked at. Whatever the issue, it's best to get your car checked out as you'll soon probably be spending the cost of the repairs in feeding your thirsty petrol tank anyway.
Don't Ignore Warning Lights
It seems fairly obvious that you should pay attention when the warning lights on your car's dashboard suddenly light up, as they're specifically put there to help stop your car from suffering further damage and so that you know it needs to be taken in for inspection immediately. They are called warning lights, after all, not suggestion lights. Unfortunately, some people seem to overlook or just ignore the orange warning lights when they appear, and not much longer after that they're probably stuck on the side of the road with serious and sometimes irreparable damage to their car. Check engine lights, oil warning lights and all the other indicators should never be ignored as these are considered critical errors. If any of them go on while you're driving, get to an automotive specialist workshop immediately or pull over your car and call to arrange for it to be collected instead.
Fog Or Smoke Suddenly Appearing
Unless you're driving through a veld fire or find yourself on a misty road, seeing smoke, fog or steam appearing around your car is a sure sign that you need to stop and find out what the problem is. Sometimes it's not a serious issue and your car is just burning up some excess oil, but most of the time the problem tends to be much more serious. You'll very likely to also smell an odd odour such as something burning, which should be a big sign to pull over immediately... or as soon as it's safe to do so, anyway. Overheating engines need to be stopped and left to cool down as soon as possible as overheating will very likely cause permanent damage to your car, possibly even leaving it a complete write-off from a mechanical perspective.
Unusual Liquid Leaks, Foreign Sounds And Odd Sensations
The last warning is a triple threat which should not be ignored, even if any of them occur individually. Always check under and around your car when it's been stationary for a while and look out for oil leaks or any other liquids that look suspicious - you may have one of several issues with broken or cracked seals or other components that have broken down. While driving or even idling, turn your radio down and listen carefully for any odd sounds that don't sound right or have never been there before. Anything from rattling to buzzing, scraping or chugging noises are tell-tale signs that something isn't right. Finally, if your car ride feels a lot bumpier all of a sudden, you should get it looked at. It&rsquos quite common on our roads to encounter obstacles and potholes, which may have caused damage to your car's axel or thrown off your wheel alignment.
As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure, and while nobody enjoys forking out cash for an unexpected glitch with their car, doing it as soon as possible will save you from a lot of extra expenses if you leave it long enough for the damage to worsen. If you're looking for the best Car repair workshop to entrust your beloved car to, remember that Imperial has service and repair shops around the country and our experts are always happy to help get you back on the road as soon as possible.