Tyres are the only point of contact between the vehicle and the road, and they play a crucial role in ensuring safe driving. Worn or underinflated tyres can lead to decreased traction, longer stopping distances, overheating, increased risk of punctures, and aquaplaning, making it more difficult to avoid accidents.
Badly maintained tyres and rims are a leading cause of car accidents in South Africa. It’s estimated that more than two-thirds of South Africans use second-hand tyres to save on motor vehicle costs. It’s further estimated that more than 60% of second-hand tyres in SA are illegal.
In the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s (RTMC) seasonal, quarterly and annual reports, burst tyres are stated as the leading vehicle-related cause of accidents in South Africa, with up to 73% of vehicle failures attributed to tyres alone.
Tyres can be expensive to replace, and unfortunately many people believe they can get another few hundred kilometres out of their existing tyres before changing, when in fact this is not the case.
- We all know tyres must have sufficient tread to be roadworthy, but they also have an expiry date – tyres expire after five years, even when they have not been used.
- If you get into an accident and your insurer deems the expired tyres or poor condition of the tyres have contributed, it may reject your claim
By properly maintaining their vehicles, companies can reduce risk, improve safety, and protect their drivers and other road users from harm. By taking a proactive approach to vehicle maintenance, companies can help to prevent accidents, protect their assets, and build a strong safety culture.