It has been a few years now since the notorious KUGA car fires as well as a few noted cases where burning Audi’s was sighted next to South African roads. The reality is that car fires are a real thread and that you, as a driver, should know:

  • What causes car fires
  • How to prevent a car fire
  • What to do when your car starts burning


Car fires can be caused by fuel leakages, overheating, short circuits, and accidents, among other factors. Many car fires start from the engine compartment where most of the working parts are but fires can also start near the wheels, brakes, and in the dash board.

These are possible signs to look out for and when it is noted, you should have your car serviced immediately.

  • Regular blown fuses
  • Spilled oil under the hood left over from an oil change
  • Oil or other fluid leaks under the vehicle
  • Cracked or loose wiring, or wiring with exposed metal
  • Very loud sounds from the exhaust system
  • Rapid changes in fuel level, oil levels, or engine temperature
  • A missing cap from the oil filler
  • Broken or loose hoses


Besides assuring the safety of your car, regular car maintenance might also extend the life of your car, help keep your fuel cost down, and curb the overall cost of owning a car.

SO, what to do in case of a car fire?

  • Immediately stop the car and turn off the ignition – this will stop die flow of fuel which will curb the additional risk of fueling the fire.
  • Safely evacuate all passengers without hanging around to gather personal items.
  • Move far from the burning vehicle to avoid the flames and toxic fumes. Also keep bystanders back.
  • Call the emergency services near you.
  • Alert oncoming traffic if possible but keep a safe distance from dangerous traffic. Also keep children as far away from traffic as possible.

If you have not serviced your vehicle for a while now, make an appointment today.

It could save your own and your passenger’s lives.

Call:  012 804 9244

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