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Headlights on to survive Christmas

Headlights on to survive Christmas

All vehicles on the road should have their headlights on over Christmas, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“A car with its headlights on is easier to spot than a car with its headlights off. It’s that simple.”

Matthew-Wilson pointed to World Health Organisation statistics showing that vehicles using daytime running lights have a crash rate 10-15% lower than those that do not.

Boy racer will be a hero after car crushing

The owner of a the first car seized and crushed under anti-boy racer legislation will be seen as a hero by his mates, says road safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson.

Matthew-Wilson, who edits the car review website dogandlemon.com, says:

“Yesterday, the owner of the first crushed car was just another boy racer with an attitude problem. Today he will be a hero to his fellow boy racers.”

Matthew-Wilson says the boy racer’s car that was seized by police was “probably next-to worthless anyway”.

Government should postpone car emissions regulation

The government should postpone car emissions regulations planned for next year, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Dogandlemon.com editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says the existing regulations – aimed at reducing the pollution produced by cars – are having exactly the opposite effect.

Holden should give back taxpayer handouts

Australia’s politicians need to spell out how long they’re prepared to prop up Australia’s ailing car assembly industry, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Dogandlemon.com editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

Car buyers urged to avoid Saab vehicles

Car buyers are being warned not to purchase Saab cars, because the company producing Saab vehicles appears unlikely to survive, having recently filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in three years.

The car review website dogandlemon.com warns that Saab cars are still being offered by dealers without any mention that the parent company is in serious trouble.

Warning over European cars

New Zealand and Australian motorists who choose European cars are often buying some of the world's worst lemons, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“New Zealand motorists often think they are getting an upmarket vehicle when they buy a European brand. However, the opposite is true: European vehicles are generally poorly built, unreliable and expensive to fix.”

Experts repeat calls for barriers on killer highway

Today’s serious crash on a notorious stretch of State Highway 1 near Paraparaumu could easily have become a multiple fatality, says the doctor who attended the accident.

Dr Chris Lane, director of the Kapiti Emergency Medical Services, says:

“A speeding four-wheel drive, driven by a disqualified driver, failed to take a bend, crossed the centre line and rolled down a bank. It’s a miracle that there wasn’t a serious head-on collision.”

Picture from today's fatal crash near Paraparaumu

This picture, taken by Dr Chris Lane, who attended the accident, shows the aftermath of the latest fatality on this notorious stretch of State Highway 1. This accident was easily preventable, says road safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson and Dr Lane.

More info: http://www.dogandlemon.com/media/another-needless-death-on-killer-highway

Another needless death on killer highway

Today’s fatal crash on a notorious stretch of State Highway 1 near Paraparaumu could have been easily prevented if wire rope barriers had been installed, says a leading road safety campaigner.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car review website dogandlemon.com, was commenting after a head-on collision killed one person and seriously injured another.

Matthew-Wilson predicted last month that further fatalities would occur on this highway after the New Zealand Transport Agency delayed plans to install two further wire rope median barriers on the Kapiti coast highway.

Call to limit police car chases

The Police should limit car chases to ‘extreme emergencies’ says a leading road safety campaigner.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car review website dogandlemon.com, was commenting after the latest serious accident that occurred during a police pursuit.

“Fatalities after police car chases are often preventable. I know that police hate to let offenders escape, but the fact remains that police chases often end in serious accidents involving innocent people.”