Road trip? Read these top tyre safety tips before you get on the road


Give your tyres a kick and you're good to get on the road, right? Unfortunately not. Not giving your tyres a thorough check before you and your family pile into the car for your Easter holiday could put your family's lives at risk .

The South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference warns that tyres should be checked regularly and that travelling with worn or unroadworthy tyres could be fatal.

“Well maintained tyres are an often overlooked aspect of road safety," Dr Etienne Human Chief Executive Officer of the SATC says. "Tyres are what hold the vehicle securely on the road, allowing drivers to steer and stop safely.

Drivers need to keep in mind that their tyres are the only parts of the car in touch with the road. "Only about the size of a person's palm makes contact with the road at any given time, so having the right tyres, in good condition and correctly inflated is extremely important to your safety."

Something else to keep in mind is that insurance companies will not pay out any claims if it is established that the accident resulted due to unroadworthy tyres," he warns.

Dr Human advises you to do the following to keep your tyres roadworthy and to keep you and your family safe this Easter.

Fit the right tyres: Watch out for counterfeit tyres look for the SABS stamp on the tyres to know that you are buying the genuine article. It is better to buy locally made tyres as they take into account the South African roads and climates.

Always have a spare: You never know when you might get a flat tyre! Keep in mind that most spare tyres were not made to go more than 80 kilometres per hour and not further than a 100 kilometres.

Rotate your tyres: Try to rotate your tyres regularly as wear and tear occurs differently to each one. Rotations allows for variation and even wear, so you get longer use out of them. Replace your tyres regularly: Tyres should be replaced every five to seven years, depending on how much you drive. Special care needs to be given to replace caravan and trailer tyres regularly, even if they are only used once or twice a year and whether they appear to be damaged or not." Check your tyres before travelling: Before taking a long trip check the roadworthiness of your tyres. But that is not the only thing; check that the fluid levels are correct and that the brakes are in perfect condition. If possible visit a fitment centre, that will do all of this for you. Sources: Sapa

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