Driving on Melbourne’s West Gate Freeway should become easier after a $25 million upgrade. The city’s second busiest freeway has smart technology aimed at improving traffic flow. The electronic management, already used on the M80 Ring Road and Monash Freeway, uses overhead signs to alert drivers whether individual lanes are open or closed. Speed lanes can be altered remotely to take account of congestion or poor weather and much of the road will be monitored by closed circuit TV. Two firefighters who risked their lives to save a man from the burning wreck of a fuel tanker have been recognised. George Cheeke and Lloyd Molder were given bravery awards for their actions at the scene of a Cootes fuel tanker crash on Mona Vale Rd, Sydney, last year. The men administered first-aid to a man who had crawled out of a wrecked car, working for 15 minutes with flames all around them. The 73-year-old later died of his injuries, one of two to die in the crash. A speed adviser app for NSW is now available for Apple and Android devices. The free program uses NSW road data as well as the smartphone’s GPS to identify the speed zone the vehicle is travelling in. Then a male or female voice reminds the driver of the speed zone. The NSW transport department says such technology can reduce the risk of being involved in a fatal accident by 19 per cent. Check the Speed Adviser app at Google Play and iTunes. Freight operator DB Schenker is helping a man raising money for charity by visiting countries in a hot-air balloon. Australian-based Kiwi Andrew Parker heads the Flying High for Kids World Balloon Project and will fly over more than 100 countries and meet 80,000 children. Parker will take his balloon to more than 200 schools around the world to create awareness about children’s rights to an education. DB Schenker will move the balloon between flights. The US parent group of the importer of Western Star, Dennis Eagle and MAN trucks has posted its best quarterly result. Penske Automotive Group increased its gross profit for the first three months of this year to a whopping $669 million. Under its chairman, motor sport veteran Roger Penske (pictured), PAG operates more than 300 car and truck dealerships around the world, as well as supplying parts, repairs and even insurance.