Tyre blow-out related crashes on the increase

Of late, road crashes reported at the MVA Fund Call Centre, have indicated that tyre bursts are seen as a worrying trend. Statistics regarding fatalities as a result of tyre-burst related crashes, show an upsurge of 62% between 2017 (5) until June 2018 (8).
These fatalities emanated from a total of 42 such crashes in 2017 (29) until June 2018 (13).
Road crashes are attributed to various factors including the condition of the road and the environment, human behaviour (fatigue, drunk driving, and inattentiveness) as well as the condition of vehicles (working lights, tyres). The latter plays a crucial role as motor vehicles remain the most robust and reliable form of transportation in Namibia. In order to maintain their reliability, it is important to maintain the safety and road-worthiness of vehicles by conducting daily or weekly checks to spot possible defects before using the vehicle. These checks include the inspection of vehicle tyres as tyre bursts mainly occur due to improper inflation, overloading, low-quality, speeding and natural wear and tear.
Below is what motorists need to consider when conducting tyre inspections:
ü Check air pressure in the tyres to ensure that the tyres are well inflated as per the manufacturer’s recommendations, Check for signs of wear and tear and replace tyres when necessary,
Check the tyre tread depth in order to ensure optimum traction on the road even in unusual road conditions,
Do a visual inspection of the tyres to make sure there are no nails or other objects stuck in the tyre that can cause an inflation pressure leak.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login