MAINTAINING YOUR TYRES DECREASES YOUR CAR ACCIDENT RISK DRAMATICALLY
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Did you know that badly maintained tyres and rims are one of the leading causes of car accidents? In fact, according to aa1car.com, this accounts for about 10- 12% of all car accidents among other causes like drunken driving, speeding and poor weather conditions.
Statistics from Arrive Alive show that the failure to attend to tyre safety is a vital factor in thousands of road accidents every year. Research by the CSIR indicates that nearly 20% of accidents involving minibuses have tyre failure as a contributing factor. According to a 2013 report on sanews.gov.za, when it comes to motor vehicle factors in accidents, the main causes are tyres bursting, faulty brakes and faulty steering wheels.
Budget Insurance spokesperson Martin Janse van Rensburg says, “South African roads are deteriorating and are notorious for potholes. This greatly affects the wear and tear of your tyres. Tyres gradually lose pressure over time. A slow puncture, a leaky valve or poor roads can accelerate this process.
“The importance of looking after your tyres cannot be over-emphasised. We highly recommend that motorists get into the habit of regular tyre and rim maintenance. A proper check will really only take five minutes or so there’s really no excuse not to do it.”
Van Rensburg also suggests investing in Budget’s Tyre & Rim Guard. He explains, “It’s a cost- effective solution which allows you to claim for accidental damage to your vehicle’s tyres and rims. You’ll also benefit from Fines Protect, a value-added service which will check, verify and pursue any action to get your fines reduced!”
Van Rensburg gives some tips for making sure that your tyres and rims are in tiptop condition:
Van Rensburg concludes, “If all motorists carried out these essential tyre checks, many fatalities on South Africa's roads could be prevented.”