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Going on a summer holiday – safety first

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Summer is here and it is a scorcher. Many people will be heading to vacation destinations this December to find respite from the heat in pools and the ocean and a well deserved break.
With increased traffic, there is an increased risk of accidents and road users are urged by authorities to put safety first.
Arrive Alive Spokesperson Johan Jonck says 85-90% of road crashes can be attributed to driver error. This includes not only the honest mistake or error in judgement, but also driver recklessness, driver inattention and many other factors. This is why defensive driving is very important according to Jonck.
“Defensive driving is the practice of maintaining an awareness of road and weather conditions, other vehicles, road users and potentially hazardous situations and then taking steps to prevent becoming the cause of or becoming involved in a road crash,” he says.
Jonck explains that other safety measures such as avoiding driver fatigue, safely packing a vehicle and ensuring a road worthy vehicle are also very important.
Several businesses in Polokwane make it their business to ensure that your vehicle is in top shape for the summer holiday.
Westvaal Polokwane
What could be more fun than a summer holiday road trip? This year Westvaal Polokwane makes it easy to drive in style this festive season with their range of Opel models at affordable prices.
The Opel ADAM range offers three-door, four-seat hatchbacks equipped with enough gadgets to keep even the most dedicated techno-geek happy. The powerful, image-focused, non-retro design makes a bold statement.
The reliable and well known Corsa series draws you closer with its uniquely sculpted contours and attractive sporty looks. From the motorsport inspired grille, precision headlights, flowing rooflines, to the powerful rear proportions, the Opel Corsa is pure artistry from every angle.
For a full-sized SUV experience combined with the driving dynamics of a compact car, the Opel Mokka is the perfect choice. Its fresh sporty appeal, extra space and ground breaking technology, make it a major challenger in its class.
The Opel Mokka’s advanced driver assistance systems deliver superior safety and comfort.
For those who have to work to keep the home fires burning while the rest of the city heads off to their holiday destinations, Westvaal Polokwane has a substantial range of bakkies to suit every need.
From the Isuzu KB 250 High Rider Extended Cab, known as a hard working bakkie that is for small to medium businesses, to the Chevrolet Utility 1.4 Club, Westvaal Polo­kwane ensures that their bakkies satisfy all possible needs.
Call Westvaal Polokwane on 015 297 1149 or visit their showroom at 86 Landdros Maré Street.
Kopano Bus Services
Many people will make use of buses to reach their holiday destinations this year and thanks to Kopano Bus Services, safety does not have to be a concern when planning a trip.
Olivia Maponya, Managing Director of Kopano Bus Service, says safety is their main priority and their buses are services and maintained on a daily basis to achieve this goal.
Kopano bus drivers are also well trained and skilled to react correctly in any emergency situation.
Maponya is very proud of the many awards and achievements of Kopano Bus Services, but she is most proud of their excellent safety record. “Each one of our buses transports approximately 200 people per day and we have 58 buses. This means that Kopano transports 11 600 people every day. These numbers make our safety record more special,” she says.
Contact Kopano on 015 293 0517 or visit their offices at 58 Platinum Street.
Goldwagen Polokwane
It is important to service any vehicle before taking on any long journey. Should a mechanic recommend new parts, quality replacement parts are a great way to ensure the best fix.
At Goldwagen Polokwane clients are assured of genuine quality replacement parts for all Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Toyota, Chevrolet, Opel and Renault vehicles. Goldwagen Polokwane promises superior quality replacement parts that either meet or exceed original equipment manufacturer specifications at an affordable price.
This means that Goldwagen Polokwane’s clients spend less on repairs and have more money available to enjoy their holidays.
Clients also enjoy the benefit of a wide range of well known product suppliers such as Meyle, Bremi, Pierburg, Elring, Hepu and many more.
Call Goldwagen on 015 292 5983/4 or visit them at 1 Nikkel Street in Superbia. Clients are also invited to visit their Facebook page, Goldwagen Polokwane.

Brakes that are in good order can make the difference between life or death in an emergency situation.

Brakes that are in good order can make the difference between life or death in an emergency situation.

Auto Sound & Alarms
Part of being prepared for a long journey, means that the vehicle owner should take accessories like air conditioning, spare keys and audio systems.
Auto Sound & Alarms successfully fitted thousands of vehicles with some of the best accessories on the market for 20 years.
They also fit DVD entertainment systems into vehicles’ head rests, the perfect way to keep children in the back seat occupied during those long trips to the beach.
Auto Sound & Alarms specialises in security and alarm systems for all makes and models. Keep thieves away from your vehicle this holiday by visiting Auto Sound & Alarms for the perfect solution to suit your needs.
Quality of sound is key in any vehicle audio system for the team at Auto Sound & Alarms. Their aim is maximum acoustic enjoyment for their clients.
They also offer key casings from as little as R300 and a free air conditioning check. Auto Sound & Alarms will also re-gas and take care of all repairs on your car’s air conditioning system.
Visit them on the corner of Nikkel Street and Rupee Avenue, or give them a call on 015 292 4193/4.
Westvaal Polokwane Parts
At Westvaal Polokwane Parts, their clients’ safety is their main concern. To help clients prepare for the long holiday ahead, Westvaal Polokwane Parts offers genuine brake parts approved by General Motors for all Chevrolet, Opel and Isuzu vehicles at attractive prices.
These parts are also backed by a General Motors parts warranty and are fitted and inspected by a specially trained technician.
Westvaal Polokwane Parts also sells ACDelco automotive parts, a full range of top quality parts for almost any vehicle. Their friendly sales team is always ready with advice and a plan or two when clients find themselves in a jam.
Visit Westvaal Polokwane Parts at 10 Silver Street in Ladine to find the recommended parts for your vehicle. Call them on 015 293 2650/1.

Several businesses in Polokwane offer quality parts for vehicles. This makes it easier for the owner to keep the vehicle road worthy.

Several businesses in Polokwane offer quality parts for vehicles. This makes it easier for the owner to keep the vehicle road worthy.

PBG Tyres
No journey is safe if the wheels on your vehicle are run down or not in top condition. The traction on the road is affected by the tyre thread and less traction means a bigger risk of being involved in an accident, according to Jonck. After almost 40 years, PBG Tyres has become a well-known and trusted part of the Polokwane business community.
The team delivers a world class tyre fitment service from their specially equipped and modern workshop.
The PBG Tyres team believes that the effort they put into the fitment experience, their fast and efficient turnaround time and comfortable waiting room for clients contribute to their success and clients’ positive experiences.
PBG Tyres is also an accredited Dunlop Zone and has a wide range of other top quality tyres at great prices in stock.
Visit them at 39 19th Street in Industria or give them a call on 015 297 3583.
EMI Auto Parts
Conveniently located at 51 Bok Street in Polo­kwane, EMI Auto Parts promises to beat any written quote, saving clients money.
The EMI team also promises top quality non genuine replacement parts at affordable prices without compromising on workmanship. EMI Auto Parts has service kits, braking systems, suspension components, cooling systems, as well as electrical and mechanical components for most vehicles in stock. They also specialise in used and recycled parts for BMW and Mini vehicles.
Customer service is a priority for the EMI team and their motto is, “without you there is no us.” Because of their passion for the industry, clients are assured of top service and parts.
Contact EMI Auto Parts on 015 291 1099 or send an email to [email protected] for more information.

Worn tyres are a major cause of accidents as they do not offer proper traction on the road and can easily burst, leading to a loss of control of the vehicle.

Worn tyres are a major cause of accidents as they do not offer proper traction on the road and can easily burst, leading to a loss of control of the vehicle.

Limpopo Tyres
Limpopo Tyres is a franchise of TyreMart, a tyre fitment operation that is proud of the fact that they are not manufacturer dominated.
Limpopo Tyres offers vehicle owners a unique choice of several well-known top quality tyre brands through strategic and preferential supply alliances.
Their mission is to provide all clients, from fleet owners to first time buyers, the best solutions and value on tyres, related services, and other wheel related products.
Limpopo Tyres also offers a comprehensive range of products and services including wheels, batteries, shocks, brakes and alignment. They are properly equipped with the necessary resources and specialist equipment required to get the job done right and on time. Limpopo Tyres is situated on the corner of Zuné and Veldspaat Roads and can be contacted on 015 297 0072/0054.
Auto Fix Service Centre Polokwane
Many people have plans for the holidays and know they have to have their vehicles serviced, but don’t have the cash to do so after paying all their holiday deposits.
Auto Fix Service Centre Polokwane has the solution. They offer a service plan that will suit most vehicle owners’ pockets. From only R160 per month for three years or as per personalised plans, Auto Fix Service Centre Polokwane will service your vehicle for three years or for the next 60 000 km travelled.
There is a six month waiting period before clients can make use of this plan, but should the vehicle be in dire need of a service, clients are welcome to pay six months’ instalments upfront to qualify for an immediate service.
Contact Auto Fix Service Centre Polokwane on 015 291 5720 or 015 291 3217. Clients are also welcome to send emails to [email protected] or [email protected]
Auto Fix Service Centre Polokwane is located at 54A Bok Street in Polokwane.
Sanica Auto and Tyre Traders
The formidable team at Sanica Auto and Tyre Traders will take care of most of your vehicle repair needs. Not only do they offer all major brands of tyres at Tyre Traders, they also offer services like mechanical repairs, auto electrical repairs, diagnostic fault finding, petrol and diesel services, as well as starter and alternator repairs at Sanica Auto. Tyre Traders has mobile fitment units to make replacing a tyre as easy as possible for the client by fitting tyres on location. They also do wheel balancing and alignment and offer truck and passenger vehicle roadside assistance.
Contact Sanica Auto on 015 292 4084 or Tyre Traders on 015 292 1109. Both enterprises can be found at 19 Iran Avenue in Polokwane.

MARKI FRANKEN
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