Damaged tyres cause most crashes - study
Johannesburg - According to a study damaged tyres were one of the main causes of accidents in South Africa, Goodyear Tyre said on Saturday.
"Damaged and badly maintained tyres are the most common among widespread factors that contribute to accidents," spokesperson Lize Hayward said in a statement.
The study showed that tyres were the most critical safety component on a vehicle as it affected traction, handling, steering, stability and braking.
"Drivers often forget that only correctly inflated tyres can do their job properly, delivering the right level of handling performance," said Hayward.
"Our comprehensive tyre tests show that under- and also over-inflation can have a significant impact on the car’s overall driving behaviour and its stopping distance."
She said tyre pressure had to be checked regularly - at least once a month - but especially before starting a long distance trip with a fully loaded car, said Hayward.
Drivers were advised to take care of their tyres as they should take care of all other important safety related items in their cars.