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Damaged tyres cause most crashes - study

2012-04-08 15:36

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.

Comments
  • wesleywt - 2012-04-08 16:04

    The headline of the article doesn't follow from the study found. How do you get from causing the MOST crashes to A COMMON CAUSE of crashes. The article is fine without your bad journalistic ethics.

      Douglas - 2012-04-08 21:27

      Actually, the report is quoted as saying damaged tyres are 'the most common among widespread factors' that contribute to accidents. Not just 'a common cause'. The article then goes on to say tyres are the single most critical safety component on a car. So the heading seems well supported.

      wesleywt - 2012-04-08 22:14

      No its not supported. Causing MOST crashes implies as a single cause bad tires cause the MOST crashes. More than speeding, drunk driving etc. I opened the article to see how did they measure this. Did they compile data from accident scenes and police reports? No. They made a generalisation that it is a common cause. A less severe statement than the headline suggests. The headline does not support what they are actually talking about.

  • Piet - 2012-04-08 16:18

    Where are the DRUNK and RECKLESS drivers ???

  • Judith - 2012-04-08 16:23

    Potholes and things dropped off trucks that damage tyres are the cause of accidents and road problems. I happen to be a good and experienced driver and hit something on the way down to Pietermaritzburg a few years ago. Because I was able to steer through it I ended up on the correct side of the road and only I had a problem. This was on a toll road. No toll road support pitched and my wheel was wrecked as well as the tyre.

  • SM1012 - 2012-04-08 16:27

    Well, heir study should also mention that our SA road POTHOLES are the major catalyst in DAMAGED tyres...here in Bloemfontein, it has become a norm on BAD road..they just feel the soil in that "GAT"...they must do the real research study not what they claim now.

  • Johan - 2012-04-08 16:32

    20 % of accidents is caused by drunk drivers , so 80% must be sober drivers .Better to drive drunk then sober ? But seriously stats are only stats and percentages can be manipulated .

      matome.makwala - 2012-04-08 21:32

      i guess its about time we tell the truth cos photoles is the reason we hav a lot crashes and plz check ur study and plz report facts only

      matome.makwala - 2012-04-08 21:33

      i guess its about time we tell the truth cos photoles is the reason we hav a lot crashes and plz check ur study and plz report facts only

  • Hannes - 2012-04-08 16:42

    All wrong Drivers not obeying the rules of the road is the cause of accidents

  • imoukangwe - 2012-04-08 16:49

    Potholes cause tire damage ! My brand new tires were damaged by potholes ... Root of the problem is potholes ! Damaged tires are symptoms of the problem which is potholes . I now have bubbles on my new tires due to potholes ! Don't shift the blame please

      Hannes - 2012-04-08 17:04

      What blame?

      Ishmael - 2012-04-08 18:58

      What blame? He's not a government official but a tyre specialist giving advise on tires.

      imoukangwe - 2012-04-08 21:42

      Blaming motorists instead of damaged roads ! My tires are good and expensive so I can't manage to buy new ones from time to time ! Tire companies must be rejoicing at the state of our roads ~ more ching Ching in their pocket

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-09 00:55

    You fine us for every thing charge us tax us rip us off. Then spend it on party sex and cheap whisky

  • marcelvirissimo - 2012-04-13 13:35

    THATS WHY YOU SHOULD DO ROADWORTHY EVERY YEAR SO THE PROBLEM WITH WARN OR DAMAGED TYRES WILL BE STOPPED IN ITS TRACKS,WAKE UP S A .

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