Drive for him and for her


Honda has released their all-new 2017 Civic – a sedan that is sleek, elegant and streamlined.  The aggressive lines, curves and angles display a daring side to the Civic, particularly in the Sport variant, and the overall perception and comments were that of a very appealing sedan.

Sleekness flows from the outside to the interior where simplicity flows through the cabin area that is totally uncluttered, yet chock-full of the latest equipment, including a seven inch central touchscreen with integrated smartphone capability, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start/stop, electric parking brake and a digital gauge cluster with customizable information displays.

The feature list is extensive and includes auto lights with LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, electric mirrors and windows with driver and passenger auto, Bluetooth telephony and media streaming, cruise control with speed limiter.  Comfort and style shines through with a leather-bound multifunction steering wheel and a nice little feature is that the volume control on both the steering wheel and alongside the touch screen have touch-sensitive sliders to adjust the volume.

The Civic Sport features a six-speed auto gearbox that offers a sport drive as well as an eco mode.  The sport mode is further enhanced thanks to the paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

The drive is smooth and silent.  Leather seats provide comfort all round and space is afforded to all passengers.  The reverse camera is handy for parking and the rear spoiler appeals to many but it’s not my favourite feature on this highly appealing car.

The boot has a large capacity.  Being deeper than it is high, can create some packing issues with large luggage items, however the rear seats having a 60/40 split allows the Civic to carry various loads thanks to the extra load space with the seats down.

The overall perception of the Honda Civic Sport is one of a versatile option with a stunning design and a comfortable ride; however the 8.2l per 100km would raise an eyebrow for me.


The Volvo V40 is certainly something to behold.  The pert hatch is stylish, sleek, sporty, sophisticated and has lines, curves and angles in all the right places.

It goes without saying that the V40 is a dream to drive.  The 8-speed auto glides with smoothness, the handling is smooth and accurate from cruising to having the power to go!

The cabin area is set out in clean lines with brushed silver detail.  The leather seats with auto-setting memory function and lumbar support ensure a comfortable ride.  The leather-bound multifunction steering wheel is soft to the touch and includes a number of controls for easy operation.

The V40 D4 R-Design features auto lights with LED daytime running lights, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, lane departure warning, reverse camera with park pilot, blind spot warning, collision detection and alert as well as adaptive cruise control as well as Bluetooth telephone and media streaming, navigation, heated seats, keyless entry with push-button start and auto-stop/start.  These are just some of the features on the Volvo V40.  Not all features are standard though and many of them require the purchase of add on packs.

The Volvo V40 D4 seats 5 passengers and comfort and space is afforded for all.  Rear-seated passengers have cup holders on the sides of each seat and ones that fold out of the seat.

The rear seats have a 60/40 split enabling versatility in the large boot area which also has a concealed tray for those items one needs to keep completely out of sight.

There is much to be said about the V40.  For one, it is the one car that I drive in and feel completely safe, as is Volvo’s longstanding claim.  It is refined, it is appealing to look at and the roof fin denotes the sporty side.  The interior is clean, clear and crisp with much information displayed via the central display screen.

Detail is synonymous with Volvo.  Your speed dial indicates via a red dot what the speed limit is, and displays the speed limit as well via an icon embedded in the dial.

The Volvo V40 also offers a sport drive and an eco-drive, and best of all, it self-parks – and it works well.

The stop-start is the best I have ever encountered – it is not temperamental as I find with most others.  It works perfectly all the time.

The Volvo V40 D4 R-Design being a diesel makes it economical.  It is certainly worth a look and it is welcome in my driveway anyday.


Mitsubish Pajero review for her

The Mitsubishi Pajero Legend is indeed the legend of off-road.  True to expectations, the Pajero Legend is big, bold, macho and strong.  High off the ground, with large wheel arches, a big body and a muscular squar-ish look.

Inside it has leather seats, leather and woodgrain multifunction steering wheel, a central display screen with a smaller display above that which displays compass, range, info and more.  Auto windows and side mirrors, manual aircon, auxiliary and USB inputs – in the cubbyhole.  It certainly took me long enough to find it.

Space abounds with extra seating at the back.  The boot is large and with the rear extra seats folded down there is more than enough space.


The automatic drives like a big boy, no doubt in that.  The Legend is built for tough terrain, not suburban streets, even though it is very able in suburbia too.  The Legend is very nice to drive, with clear vision on the road from the high-seated driver position.  While the Legend is fairly agile, mall parking is not the best due to the large turning circle.

The Legend is by all means the macho off-roader it is known for and if one uses this just for city driving, the true value, character and “built for terrain” authenticity will be lost.  Consecutive Dakar Rally winner is not a title merely ignored or given away.

Let me say that the Legend offers a very comfortable ride for all passengers on city roads, but I could definitely picture this one climbing mountains.


Driving the long and short-based Pajero one after the other, gives one the opportunity of really seeing the difference, the short-base being far more spritely and light.

Having said that, this is the Pajero – the tough one, and is a Dakar Rally winner, but it felt more comfortable on city roads.

Short it certainly is, with only 2 doors.  Large wheel arches, a well-rounded bonnet and a large windscreen with a step up into the vehicle.

The dash is neat and compact with the info cluster in the centre, also displaying compass, trip and other info, just like the big daddy Pajero.

The interior is the same as the Legend.  The difference is in the size.  Here you have the option of a light city ride Monday to Friday and the option to take to the dirt roads and mountains on the weekend.

I found myself really enjoying the ease of this one – the higher ride for clear visibility as well as the light feel to the ride.

Space is slightly limited but rear-seated passengers sit comfortably – after climbing in.

The automatic transmission is silent and changes effortlessly.

The two Pajero’s are indeed legends – one the big daddy and the other a teenager.



Honda has extended their SUV stable adding to the CR-V and the HR-V, the new BR-V.

While instantly recognisable as a member of the Honda family, the new BR-V features bold, distinctive styling and a sporty, agile appearance, linked to the raised stance and rugged appeal expected of a SUV.Inside, the cabin’s roomy dimensions allow the introduction of a third seating row, boosting the BR-V’s occupant seating capacity to seven. Access to all seating positions is easy and convenient, thanks to split seat rows that can be tumbled forward at the pull of a lever.

All derivatives of the new Honda BR-V are powered by the same, efficient 1,5-litre four-cylinder engine. The SOHC unit uses Honda’s i-VTEC variable valve technology to produce 88 kW of maximum power at 6 600 r/min, together with a torque peak of 145 Nm at 4 600 r/min.

BR-V buyers get to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox and Honda’s refined Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). In the case of the latter, paddle shifts are provided for manual shifting between the CVT’s virtual ratios.

The new BR-V is available in four colours: White Orchid, Urban Titanium, Alabaster Silver and Carnelian Red.



nov16-17Renault has just launched another new vehicle which is hot on the heels of a number of Renault’s launched this year.

Joining the line-up is the all-new Renault KWID – an entry hatch with a SUV inspired design.  The KWID sits in the market position of an entry hatch in a segment that has seen substantial growth.

Meticulously designed, the new KWID hatchback is sure to meet the needs of anyone looking to buy an entry-level car.  Setting it aside from its competitors is its design and spec level.

Although classed as an entry hatch, it has a definite SUV style including a 180mm ground clearance and wheel arch cladding which add to the SUV look and characteristics.  Boot space of 300 litres puts the new Renault KWID on par with an upper segment vehicle.

The Renault KWID is available in two derivatives, namely the Expression and the Dynamique.  Both KWID derivatives are powered by a new 999cc Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.  With its distinctive SUV-like design and high ground clearance KWID offers a high driving position and greater visibility making it ideal for zipping around in urban traffic or cruising down the open highway.

Entry-level KWID is modern, smart and stylish inside and out. It combines the comfort and functional user-friendliness of a city car with a spacious interior and a raft of stowage solutions.

Pricing for the Renault KWID starts at R119 900 for the Expression with the Dynamique being priced from R129 900.

Renault is offering a 5 year 150,000km warranty with 24 hours roadside assistance, plus 1 year comprehensive insurance.


Drive for him and for her

oct16-13-1Smart FourTwo 900 coupe
review for her

Some people call it a bumble bee; maybe it was the green/yellow colour of my test unit?  But it is the Smart FourTwo Prime and hails from the stable of Mercedes Benz.  It is smaller than small and it is compact from the outside.  The Smart is certainly a car that brings forth many opinions.

The proportions are so different that confusion reigns going from the boot to the door, because you walk right past the door.  Actually, right past the car!

Okay, so we have established that the car is small, but it is also feisty and vibey, and the quality of Mercedes shows in the interior and all round.

The FourTwo is for two people only and provides you with a nippy drive where you sit in leather seats, stitched in white, with heating buttons on the side of both seats.

The interior is curvaceous with a mixture of textures, from a cloth dash to black gloss trimmed in silver.  There is a very circular feel on the inside with big round air vents as well.

The leather-bound multi-functional steering wheel features a number of controls and is adjustable.

With five forward gears and capable of reaching a top speed of 180km/h, the Smart FourTwo can certainly perform.  The sportiness of the Prime, from the silver pedals to steering wheel more than shows through.

The features on my test unit included cruise control, Bluetooth streaming and telephone, electric windows and side mirrors, manual air-conditioner and a touch screen display with Aux and USB inputs.

The drive is easy, light and a bit on the hard side, but this is bearable thanks to comfortable seats.  The Smart must be the easiest vehicle to manoeuvre.  It is super easy to turn, park and make a U-turn in even the narrowest space – I absolutely loved it.  It has power that loves to be used.

The boot is tiny – naturally, but there are little ingenious packing spaces and little extras all over.  The only drawback is that you can only carry one passenger.  That aside, as the driver, the Smart is smart.  It drives nicely, has a style all of its’ own, and somewhere it will no doubt suit perfectly.

oct16-13-2Renault Captur 66kW dCi Dynamique
review for her

Dynamic styling, cross over SUV with curves and large wheel arches, the Renault Captur is certainly stylish and appealing.

The appeal is based on the exterior and interior appearance, as well as performance and features.

The exterior presents with all that is an SUV  large wheel arches, higher ground clearance and lines and style of design.  I found all of this to be rather appealing.

The interior is spacious, uncluttered and neatly and clearly laid out.  My test unit was among the top end and included snazzy zip covers. These are indeed a unique and an ingenious and handy idea!  The seat covers can unzipped and taken off to be washed and then zipped back on again.  The seats themselves do have decent covering, so while the covers are being washed, at least nothing looks amiss.

The dash is neat and culminates in the middle with a touch screen display edged in black gloss.  The screen provides various options, from navigation, to media and a host of vehicle settings.  The leather-bound steering wheel is multifunction, with a number of controls and is adjustable.

Neatly stocked, the Captur caters to all your needs.  Features include cruise control, Bluetooth streaming and telephone, Aux and USB inputs, electric windows, electric side mirrors, auto lights with LED daytime running lights, push button start/stop, keyless entry and auto-locking on walk-away  this is a feature I really enjoy.

With a five-speed gearbox and an eco-mode, the Captur provides and easy, smooth ride.  The gears change effortlessly and the handling and maneuvering are easy and comfortable.

The dCi in particular is the new Diesel variant that has been added to the line-up.  This is definitely a good idea in my opinion as the inclusion of a diesel variant greatly improves on the economy offered by the Captur.

The Captur can be quite sporty and provide an interesting ride, I found. However, the power was a bit lost when driving in eco-mode.

The versatility of the Captur means it can appeal to a diverse and different group.  From family to fun, all can be achieved in the Captur.

Volvo reveals adventurous side with new V90 Cross Country

Volvo Cars has unveiled the eagerly-awaited V90 Cross Country, completing its 90 Series line-up.

Since the introduction of the first Cross Country almost 20 years ago, Volvo Cars has become synonymous with the rugged all-road, all-weather product category, with a growing stable of Cross Country models.

Volvo Cars’ Cross Country models fulfil an increasingly important part of the Swedish automaker’s product portfolio as luxury car buyers seek out a more experienced-based lifestyle that occasionally takes them off the beaten track.

“The new V90 Cross Country takes the elegance of the V90 and transforms it into an all-road car that delivers safety, comfort and performance in a capable and adventurous package,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group.

With some of the harshest winters on the planet and over 77 per cent of the country covered in forest and lakes, Sweden is the perfect place to develop and test extreme durability and all-weather capable cars. This hard-won expertise represents a large part of Volvo Cars’ heritage, reflected in the company’s Cross Country model line-up.

From secret testing facilities in the frozen north of Sweden, where temperatures regularly hit -40 degrees centigrade, to the searing desert heat of Arizona, where Volvo Cars performs its high temperature testing programme, the V90 Cross Country has been built to last.

With a design that clearly stands out from the crowd, the V90 Cross Country’s rugged character belies a sumptuous interior that delivers a level of luxury uncommon in the segment, combining all the benefits of the connectivity and entertainment features that were launched with the new S90 and V90, including a high-end sound system by Bowers & Wilkins.

The V90 Cross Country’s exterior design cues communicate the powerful and dynamic capability that the car exemplifies, while offering the flexibility to choose from both rugged and elegant expressions.

The new V90 Cross Country takes this well-established segment to a new level of comfort-inspired capability. Production of the car is set to start during the northern hemisphere autumn at Volvo Cars’ Torslanda Plant in Sweden.

The new Volvo V90 Cross Country is destined for South African roads, with timing and availability currently in planning stages.


Launched locally in 1996, 20 years have passed since the birth of the popular Renault Mégane. Accorded the prestigious title of flagship model of the French automaker’s line-up, it’s now time to welcome the fourth generation New Renault Mégane range to South Africa.

Bigger, bolder and boasting a classy road posture, the New Renault Mégane’s sporty exterior styling is more sensual than ever. Perfectly proportioned and well-balanced, its volume seems to be drawn from a single line with generous and contoured shoulders reinforcing a perception of quality and strength. This, together with the brand’s trademark vertical diamond-shaped logo and wide grille, is inherent to Renault’s new design philosophy.

At first glance, it’s immediately apparent that the consistency of New Renault Mégane’s exterior and interior design, together with the quality of the materials used throughout, is attributable to a vehicle competing in an upper segment.

New Mégane boasts distinctive front and rear lighting signatures which are illuminated by day and night. The front C-shaped lighting features 3-D Edge Light (LED) technology while as previously mentioned, the New Mégane GT comes equipped with full LED headlights.

The permanently-lit rear LED lights also feature a unique 3D-effect signature with the slender brush stroke-like lines emitting a deep red light.

The interior is modern, sporty and inviting and has been designed to draw in driver and passengers with its invitation to settle comfortably into the contoured seats in back and front.

The New Mégane GT model is the first vehicle in its segment to have 4CONTROL technology which affords the driver control, handling responsiveness and absolute precision. A Renault innovation, 4CONTROL chassis turns the rear wheels (maximum 3.0° angle) which affords the driver exceptional cornering ability.

It brings energy and precision on winding roads, stability at high speed and offers handling responsiveness at low-speed and when manoeuvering. The four-wheel steering system’s ability to react immediately is extremely reassuring in emergency situations; driving control is cleaner and more precise offering more peace of mind and genuine driving enjoyment.

New Mégane comes with the Renault MULTI-SENSE button or settings can be accessed from the R-LINK 2. MULTI-SENSE affords driver and passengers the ability to immerse themselves in a uniquely personalized driving experience; technology unprecedented within the highly populated vehicle segment in which New Mégane competes.

MULTI-SENSE enables users to modify driving dynamics:  accelerator pedal mapping, variable-power steering response, gearbox mapping, powertrain response (injection ECU) and 4CONTROL chassis behavior (New Mégane GT only).

Leading the New Renault Mégane petrol-powered pack is the GT flagship model. Powered by the marque’s new generation Energy TCe 205 151 kW (1.6 litre) engine, the New Mégane GT has a seven-speed dual-clutch (EDC) auto gearbox plus Renault’s 4CONTROL chassis four wheel steering system.

Next up are the two New Mégane GT-LINE variants. Both powered by Renault’s Energy TCe130 97 kW (1.2 litre) engine, there are two transmission options: seven-speed dual-clutch (EDC) auto gear box (just like the GT) or six-speed manual gear box.

New Mégane’s Dynamique model is powered by Renault’s 84kW 1.6 litre engine and mated with a five-speed manual gear box.

New Renault Mégane has been awarded the prestigious 5-star Euro NCAP rating.

The new Renault Megane starts at R279,900 for the Dynamique.

The New Renault Megane line-up comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Also standard is a 5-year/90 000km service plan. Services take place at 15 000 km intervals (10 000km on Megane GT).


Drive for him and for her


sept16-15aPeugeot 208 1.2T GT Line auto review for her

The Peugeot 208 is a nippy, snazzy hatch.  It has a compact appearance with a bump for the rear and a sloping slant to the neat bonnet in the front.  The front appearance presents a large grille, edged in silver up to the lights which wrap around the sides.

Inside, there is no mistaking that this 208 is built with a heart for sport.  The red thread flows through the stitching on the seats, the stitching on the steering wheel and follows through to the inlays in the doors.

The multifunction steering wheel is leather-bound and adjustable, and it too denotes the sport ability of the 208 with the flat bottom and smaller size, making for easier turning and maneuverability.

The dash flows in two parts that have the driver info and the “dropped” display screen with controls directly below it.  This presents a compact and neat appearance which is easy to see and navigate.

The 208 has all the niceties of electric windows and mirrors, cruise control, Aux, USB, Bluetooth for telephone and media streaming as well as auto-locking and split-folding rear seats.

The new 208 is in all ways sharper and more distinctive with the new front bumper and integrated grille.

It is a small car, but certainly packs a punch.  Passengers sit comfortably and the ride is comfortable and quiet.

The auto that I drove was great fun, easy to handle and quite simply a fantastic drive.  It has what is most needed as well as the sporty side and provides an economical ride.

The Peugeot 208 is an impressive offering and stands up to most of its competitors, offering a lot more of the things standard here, that are only available as extras on other vehicles in this class.

What’s more when you buy a new Peugeot you are buying peace of mind as every new Peugeot comes standard with a 100,000 km warranty and Premium Maintenance plan.

sept16-15bMahindra KUV100 1.2 review for her

The KUV100 is certainly an interesting little number.  Looking at it you see a cross-over that looks strong and daring with a high thick grille that flows through to the rear where it meets high tail lights.

The roof racks and higher ground clearance create a strong stance for the KUV100. There are many niceties that stand out, like the driver door lighting, that light up on opening the door and the auto-door locking on drive-away.

The interior is indeed spacious and the front cabin has plenty of space.  The dash is high and the gear lever is situated up high, just under the dash.  This creates extra space on the floor level, and I found this the perfect place to put my handbag, where it is totally out of sight.

The dash is totally uncluttered and easy to see and operate.  The tiny screen displays driver info and radio.  Directly below that, all at hand and eye-level, are the air-con dials and buttons and the gear lever.  The steering wheel is multifunctional and adjustable.

The KUV100 has Bluetooth telephone and media streaming, electric windows with auto in the front, electric mirrors, LED daytime running lights and the driver display includes a gear-indicator to show what gear you are in.

The KUV100 has a snazzy look about it.  The headlights wrap around to a sliver on the sides that taper to the front of the doors. Likewise the tail lights from the protruding rear have a curved line to the rear doors.

The rear doors have concealed handles, in thick silver, which allows that even though they are concealed they can be easily seen.  Front door handle and side mirrors are colour-coded to the body.  The side mirrors have thick grooves, which along with the roof racks, creates a rugged, sporty look.  The black accentuated wheel arches add to this.

The KUV100 has two drive modes, an ECO-mode and a POWER-mode.  The ECO mode I found to be quite sluggish, but switch over to POWER mode and the KUV is indeed nippy.

Light and easy to drive, the five-speed manual provides a comfortable drive, is easy to park and easy to maneuver.

It would seem cabin space was enlarged, resulting in a rather small, but deep boot area.

The pull-type parking brake takes some getting used to, but top of my list is most definitely the outstanding fuel efficiency.  Here the KUV100 is tops in my books.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one and just a few refinements would render it outstanding.

Drive for Him and for Her


AUG16-17-1MINI Clubman Cooper S review for her

by Helen Carstens

The Mini Clubman is like a little SUV Mini. No, it is not a SUV, but it is larger than the well-known Mini Cooper.  When climbing behind the steering wheel, the first thing I noticed was the vast distance to the rear of the vehicle.

The 4-and-a-bit door Clubman is snazzy and smart.  The wheel arches are trimmed with black.  The jutting roof has a sporty fin and it appears as though the windows slope from front to rear.

I found everything pertaining to the Clubman circular in design, from the headlights to the dash and dials.

The red detailing alluding to sportiness, including the defined steering wheel which has indents for your thumbs.  The centralised circular dash has a display screen and below are the air-con dials.  Directly below this is another row of dials – unusual – but very functional.  The steering wheel is leather-wrapped, adjustable and includes multifunction controls.

At first, I must admit, the cabin area felt a bit cluttered, with dials and buttons everywhere, but one soon becomes accustomed to it.

The Clubman offers many interesting features that also allude to luxury and refinement.

The list of standard features is extensive, with several others being available as optional extras.  Standard features include electric windows front and rear, electric side mirrors with folding and auto-dimming features optional, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic air-conditioning and climate control for driver and passenger, cruise control with adaptive being offered as an extra.  Rear park distance control is standard, while front pdc and rearview camera are available as optional extras.  Radio with CD player, Aux, USB as well as Bluetooth audio streaming and telephony are standard with voice control and navigation being available as extras.

The Clubman Cooper S includes ABS with EBD and brake assist. Hill hold assist with electric parking brake as well as keyless start and optional keyless entry.

The drive is nippy, sturdy and sporty.  The sport mode offers a whole different experience.

Everyday driving is comfortable with smooth handling and clear, smooth gear changes.

The boot is a fair size. With tailgate consisting of two doors that open outwards.  Rear-seated passengers are afforded space and comfort.

An amazing feature, which clearly sets the Clubman in a different category, is the Mini emblem emanating from the driver’s door that illuminates onto the ground when the door is opened – rather a nice, and unique touch.

The Clubman certainly has many bells and whistles, offers a great drive and most definitely has a refined, sporty and luxurious appeal.


AUG16-17-2Ford Everest 3.2 4WD XLT review for her

by Helen Carstens

The new Ford Everest is big, macho and strong. It is a vehicle of navigating serious terrain.

I must say, as a suburban driver, I found it rather big and heavy, as if it wanted to do more than just drive from stop street to stop street.

But, it is a very nice offering.  Comfortable and spacious, with leather seats and a number of USB and Aux points throughout.

Being high off the ground, there is a hand grip and step rail to aid stepping up into the Everest.  The cabin is spacious with a large central touch display with air-con dials and buttons below.

The multifunction steering wheel is wrapped in leather, adjustable and includes controls for Bluetooth functionality.

A nice feature, and one of my favourites, is auto door locking and drive away.  Auto lights and auto high-beams are both very handy features, as are the lane deviation warning and blind-spot warning indicators in the side mirrors.  Another favourite of mine are the heated seats with various heat settings, all controlled via the central touch display.

The Everest drives well, although I found it to have a very large turning circle, being such a big, muscular, heavy vehicle.  Thank goodness for the reverse camera that displays in the central screen.  This definitely helps with navigating in and out of parking bays and tight spots, should you manage to find yourself in one.

The automatic gearbox shifts smoothly and cleanly and the 3.2l V6 engine provides more than enough power to move this hulking behemoth.

The 7-seater provides plenty of space for the whole family.  Open the tailgate with the push of a button as it raises and you will find buttons to auto fold the last row of seats with one push, to create more boot space.

The lovely double-sunroof provides extra light into the cabin and really adds to the feel of being one with nature, if you decide to take the Everest off the streets and release it into the wild as this is something you really should do as the Everest is a fully-functional off-roader with one touch control for various terrain types.

The Everest is a multi-purpose vehicle that is able to take on many identities, all in great comfort.  It offers luxury, refinement and, at the same time, off-road capabilities that would place this vehicle in a class that is anything but refined.

The large body, arched wheels, curved bonnet, strong front grille, large side mirrors and step bars all point to the Everest being a strong, versatile ride.


Play Pokemon Go responsibly


While not officially available in South Africa yet, Pokemon Go has arrived in the country, and people are already playing this popular game. The need for players to be completely engaged with their screens, is, however, cause for concern, and the Automobile Association (AA) joins local and international road safety campaigners in calling for caution while playing.

VG247 (, a leading UK-based gaming blog, explains that Pokemon Go uses your mobile phone’s satellite GPS system, and built-in clock, to figure out where and when you are while the game is open.

“When you’ve got the game open, the game then populates the world around you with Pokemon. You end up looking at the world through your phone’s screen and camera, and the Pokemon are dropped on top of the real world in a semi-convincing way – this is augmented reality,” VG247 writes.

The effect of this is that many Pokemon Go players are glued to their screens, while walking or driving, concentrating on the screen instead of the road ahead.

“Reports are already coming in from other countries where people have been involved in crashes as Pokemon Go players have not been focussing on the road. There are also reports of road rage incidents involving this game. While we are not calling for anyone to not play the game, we want to urge anyone who is, to play responsibly, and be alert to the roads they are travelling on, whether by car, motorbike or on foot,” the AA said.

The AA said distracted driving, and walking, remains a problem in South Africa with too many people using their mobile devices while they should be concentrating on the core activity they are involved in.

“This is especially true for people who are walking. Statistics from the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) show that up to 35 percent of all deaths on our roads are pedestrians. This is extremely worrying, and people who aren’t paying attention while walking and playing Pokemon Go are at risk of being part of this statistic,” the AA warned.

The AA offers the following suggestions to players:

Don’t play while driving, or while walking near traffic;  Pay attention, and be vigilant, when you are playing. Distraction can cause injuries (even death), especially if you walk in traffic;  If possible, take someone with you when you are playing as a second pair of eyes to watch out for possible dangers;  Avoid playing Pokemon Go while boarding or alighting buses, trains or taxis; focus on the road and traffic and get to a safe place before playing

“We urge everyone to enjoy this, or any other gaming experience, but not to sacrifice their, or anyone else’s real life to catch a virtual character,” the AA concluded.