Tyres lead a tough life and they are the only physical connection between your car and the road hence, keeping your tyres in the best condition is incredibly important for having a good grip and tread and for your safety. So if you have been neglecting the tyres, its time you pay greater attention to tyre safety.
No matter how good looking your car and how well maintained the interiors are, none will guard you in case of crisis on the road or a sudden stop. It is only your tyres, which will rescue you from a mishap. To summarize, your car is as good as its tyres are!
As per reports, there are several road accidents recorded due to tyre blow-outs especially during summers. Though, the number of tyre-related accidents have come down this year, due to increased awareness and stricter regulations, experts feel the danger lurks around if the motorists don’t pick the right tyres or don’t maintain them regularly.
“The tyres of a vehicle play a significant role in ensuring its safety. Tyres in the region should bear approval and certification from the Gulf Standards Organisation (GSO), certifying that these tyres can be utilised safely across warm climate conditions present in the region,” said Kenneth Arnold, General Manager, , a leading auto maintenance workshop in Dubai, with a specific focus on tyres.
Over the last couple of years, (ESMA) has completely overhauled the tyre standards and regulation, introducing many certifying and authenticating features like RFID labels, while banning the import and sale of used tyres.
However, the responsibility of the motorists doesn’t end after having good quality tyres installed in their vehicles, as maintenance of tyres is also equally important.
Here is how to keep your tyres safe:
- Check the inflation pressure of tyres every fortnight as tyres have natural tendency to lose pressure on their own even when they are not in use.
- When you check the pressure, also check for objects embedded in the tread, such as stones, nails or glass.
- Check for uneven wear, which could indicate a problem with car’s alignment or suspension.
- Run your hands over the tread and sidewalls to check for any bubbles, cuts or cracks.
- Have tyres balanced and a wheel alignment done, when installing new tyres.
- Tyre rotation should be done every 8,000 Kms in order to maintain even wear on all four tyres of the car.
- Periodic wheel alignment and balancing will also help up keep the tyres.
- Respect the tread wear indicator marked on the sidewall. This indicates the stage when you need to replace tyres.
Tyres are subjected to a variety of harsh conditions every day – from ravaged roads, with potholes, crumbling verges, speed bumps and aggressive kerbs, all taking their toll; we as car owners should ensure their health for our own safety.
But if you are already running out of things to do, our network garages will be more than happy to conduct a health check on your tires and help you get back on the roads safely.