VEHICLE TYRE SAFETY
The tyres on your vehicle are the only part of your vehicle in contact with the road. Therefore, they play a key role in vehicle safety. The failure to attend to tyre safety is a vital factor in thousands of road accidents every year.
- WHY TYRE SAFETY IS IMPORTANT
Your safety, along with the safety of your passengers and other road users, could depend
Directly on the condition of your vehicle’s tyres.
- Be the right kind and size for your vehicle
- Be properly inflated
- Be free from defects and
- Have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm
- Dangers of using sub-standard or incorrect tyres include:
Reduced road handling – you have less control of your vehicle
Increased braking distances – it could take up to twice the normal braking distance to stop
Aquaplaning – where your tyres lose grip on the road in wet conditions
Blow-outs – resulting in loss of control of the vehicle
Any tyre, no matter how well constructed, may fail in use as a result of
- The benefits of proper tyre maintenance are:
Improved car handling and braking – gives you more control
Improved safety on the road – makes the road a safer place for you and other road users
Longer tyre life – saves you money
Reduction in fuel consumption – saves you money
Reduction in C02 emissions – helps protect the environment
- Tyre Pressure
The importance of the correct pressure cannot be over-emphasized.
- Check tyre pressure, including the spare, once a week or before undertaking a long journey – or before 10 km have been driven.
- Check tyre pressure early morning (low ambient temperature)
- Always use a reliable pressure gauge
- Only use tyre sizes recommended by the manufacturers at the recommended inflation pressure
- Safe use of tyres:
- CHECK the air pressure in all your tyres, including the spare, frequently (minimum once per month) when tyres are cold (or after being stopped for three or more hours after a journey).
- Do not reduce air pressure when tyres are hot from driving. Use a tyre gauge to check the cold pressure and maintain it at the level recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
- NEVER overload your tyres. The maximum load carrying capability of your tyre is moulded onto the sidewall of each tyre, in the form of an index. Consult your tyre dealer for conversion to weight.
- NEVER operate your vehicle in excess speeds, beyond reasonable speeds for the driving conditions, or at speeds greater than recommended for the tyre you are using.
- MAKE every effort to avoid driving over objects that may damage the tyres through impact or cutting such as potholes, glass, metal or other road hazards.
- NEVER drive on smooth tyres. Always remove tyres from service and replace them when they reach the remaining 1.6 mm of tread depth – tread wear indicators are built into the tyre’s tread grooves to indicate when they are worn.