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Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator -

Before safety was a big thing in vehicles, I remember reading about Volvo patenting the V-type three-point safety belt in 1959. It was a move that revolutionised the automobile world, as now, it is present in every vehicle. Continuing with that...

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2022 | 12:07 AMToriann Ellis -

Omar Sweeney’s interest in car restoration developed at a tender age, and this was partly due to his father, who modified vehicles, so he channeled his skill and experience into a favourite pastime. “I would consider what I do as more restoration...

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2022 | 12:07 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator - -

One of the greatest periods of pickups, for me, was the early ‘90s, when vehicles like the Mazda b2200, Isuzu P’up, Mitsubishi Mighty Max, Toyota Hilux SR5 and Nissan Hardbody rule the roads. These were true workhorse pickups, bought by persons who...

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2022 | 12:05 AMPaul Glenroy Messam - Contributor

It will not be a jolly good 2022 if we fail to cut the careless and reckless driving for the new year. “We need to stop the dangerous driving on the roads, and make it easy for the other driver,” says Sophia Dean. “Drive within the speed limit,...

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2022 | 12:05 AMPaul Glenroy Messam - Contributor

Aside from its unquestionable benefits as a safety device, a seat belt can be a great help to driver stability. A seat belt tends to keep you in position, preventing you from slouching or sliding. The extreme forces that come to bear in a collision...

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2022 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche/Automotives Coordinator

Hands down, my favourite BMW of all time is the 1988 E30, which was a star in the midsize sedan market. Its boxy exterior, painted in cherry red, was an eye candy for auto enthusiasts, and as such, the model went on to become a cult classic. The...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2021 | 12:07 AMPaul Glenroy Messam - Contributor

The tyres on your car lead a very hard life, from flexing hundreds of miles every minute, to rolling over deep potholes, manholes, rough asphalt, concrete, stone and gravel. They also slide on patches of oil, splashing through water, mud and...

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Published:Sunday | December 19, 2021 | 12:05 AMPaul Glenroy Messam - Contributor

There is an axiom which states that prevention is better than cure. Therefore, it is better and safer to take precaution, rather than wait until it is too late; this also applies to car care. “A car is a useful but a highly complicated device that...

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2021 | 12:08 AMBy Paul Glenroy Messam - Contributor

The IPDE is an organised, thinking-doing process that you can use over and over again in performing the defensive driving task. The four steps in the IPDE process are as follows: Identify: Locate potential hazards in the driving scene. Predict:...

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2021 | 12:05 AMPaul Glenroy Messam - Contributor

Mirror! Mirror! on your car, does it keep you safe by far? Yes, mirrors play a significant role in the proper handling of your motor vehicle. Would it be entirely safe to drive from say Red Hills or Stony Hill to downtown without any form of mirror...

Published:Sunday | December 5, 2021 | 12:06 AM

Tank-Weld Equipment, official distributor for Shacman in Jamaica and the Caribbean, in partnership with the National Commercial Bank (NCB), hosted a two-day showcase in Mandeville recently. Tank-Weld Equipment Managing Director John Ralston was...

Published:Sunday | December 5, 2021 | 12:06 AMToriann Ellis - Contributor

Troy Grant and Ithamar Thorpe are no ordinary business partners, as they formed their relationship through a magical moment. “Originally, it was to be three of us holding down the fort, as auto mechanics. But, the individual that introduced me...

Published:Sunday | November 28, 2021 | 12:05 AMPaul Glenroy Messam - Contributor

There is an axiom that states that prevention is better than cure. Therefore, it is better and safer to take precaution rather than wait until it is too late. This also applies to car care. “A car is a useful but a highly complicated device that...

Published:Sunday | November 28, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche -

With the F-150 being such a massive hit in the US, Ford is looking to have similar success with the Ranger, which sits one notch below its stablemate. Considered a mid-size pickup, it has been extremely successful in Australia as it is...

Published:Sunday | November 21, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

There are only two cars that have a silhouette that was quirky when unveiled and became cultural icons: Mini and VW Beetle. Both lived up to their names, as the Beetle, shaped like its namesake animal, and the Mini were very small vehicles, with...

Published:Sunday | November 21, 2021 | 12:05 AMPaul Glenroy Messam - Contributor

As you traverse the Jamaican roads, can you predict what the other driver may do? Could you predict that driver in front may turn right, left or overtake or stop suddenly? Through defensive driver education programmes, the concept of predicting...

Published:Sunday | November 14, 2021 | 12:07 AMPaul Glenroy Messam - Contributor

Are we always in the right frame of mind to drive a vehicle? When a motorist slips behind the wheel of a motor car he automatically becomes a vital part of this complex but useful machine. If the driver is both physically and mentally prepared and...

Published:Sunday | November 14, 2021 | 12:07 AMToriann Ellis - Contributor

Terry Hamilton, vice-president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC), is a multifaceted individual, who lives and breathes motorsport. She got introduced to racing in 2007, and from there she has been making her mark. “I hung around Team MoBay...

Published:Sunday | November 7, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

Making its debut in 1998 at the E53, the X5 has brought BMW great success in the mid-size luxury SUV segment. It has a very bold and aggressive look, which also exuded luxury and was a status symbol for many. When the company took over Land Rover...

Published:Sunday | November 7, 2021 | 12:05 AMPaul Glenroy Messam - Contributor

A stuck accelerator is crisis. What would you do if your accelerator got stuck? Would you panic, get frantic or get busy? Well, try to remain calm. What is the accelerator? The accelerator is the pedal in a motor vehicle that the driver presses...

Published:Sunday | October 31, 2021 | 12:06 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

The Ford Everest has come a long way from its debut in 2003 when it had strong affiliations with Mazda. Back then, it used many of the components of the Mazda BT-50 and the Ford Ranger. It was as though the company was testing the waters...

Published:Saturday | October 23, 2021 | 12:08 AMPaul Glenroy Messam - Contributor

Every driver needs a safety box, before navigating the Jamaican roads. “Prevention is better than cure,” goes an old adage. As drivers, with regard to the recent lockdown, curfew, limited movement, overcrowded bus stops, rushing motorists and...

Published:Saturday | October 23, 2021 | 12:06 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

Porsche’s internal codes for the 911 (pronounced nine eleven) models throughout its seventh generation are superconfusing, with names such as 930, 964 and 992. Luckily, the company recognised this and labelled all the models 911 for the public to...

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