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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Road Safety Take Care With Your Car

Most roads are in a terrible state with constant road work taking place. It is becoming vital for every driver to become wheel and tyre savvy. An accident can happen in the blink of an eye and it is important for vehicle owners to spend the time and money on tyre maintenance. Ensuring that you have peace of mind while taking a road trip we suggest you take some time to review this list of some of the most common oversights that occur.

OVERSIGHT 1. FORGETTING TO CHECK AIR PRESSURE. Always check your air pressure, especially before a long trip. Make sure your tyres are cool before assessing the air pressure. That is, at least three hours after your vehicle has been stopped or before it has been driven for one km.

OVERSIGHT 2. IGNORING THE PULL-EFFECT. Is your car pulling to the left or the right? Or perhaps your tyres appear to be worn only on one edge? Wheel alignment should be checked every 10 000 km's or the moment this pull-effect occurs. Poor wheel alignment is a hazard to your road safety. Keeping your wheels aligned will prevent tyre wear and increase fuel mileage by reducing road friction and improve your vehicle's handling. <div class="fullpost">

OVERSIGHT 3. DISOBEYING THE TREAD RULE. It's important to remember that the minimum tread on a passenger vehicle must be at least 1mm, by law. Your vehicle is unroadworthy if the tread of your passenger vehicles are below the minimum and may not be driven on public roads.

OVERSIGHT 4. SHORT TRIPS ON NEW TYRES. Remember, in order to roughen the tread surface when fitting your new tyres it is highly advisable to run them in by driving at a moderate speed for at least the first 200 - 300 kms. Only then will the tyres reach their full performance potential.

OVERSIGHT 5. NEGLECTING THE NITROGEN OPTION. Did you know that tyres inflated with nitrogen run between 10% and 15% cooler? Therefore tread life is extended, and your tyres also don't lose pressure as quickly as those filled with air. Since Nitrogen is the preferred tyre gas used in motor racing and Military Aircraft tyres, it is certainly a safe tyre gas. If you are already using Nitrogen in your tyres, then keep doing so. If not, you may want to consider this as a preferred option.

OVERSIGHT 6. AVOIDING THE INFLATION RULE. The handling of your vehicle will be affected negatively if your tyres are under-inflated: your fuel consumption will be higher and your tyres wear quicker. Over-inflated tyres will cause premature tyre wear and result in a completely harsh ride. It's best to use the manufacturer's recommended air pressure, which can be located in your owner's manual of your vehicle. If you still have your original wheels & tyres, stick with your original manufacturer's recommendation. If you've changed sizes, then inflate at the recommended air pressure by your wheel & tyre specialists.

OVERSIGHT 7: RUNNING ON RUN-FLAT. Run-flat tyres should not be repaired. The reason for this is that the construction, strength and safety are severely compromised once you drive on a flat run-flat tyre. These tyres are merely beneficial in getting you to a place of safety after damage to the tyre has occurred. Damage is not always visible to the naked eye, so although the tyre looks fine, it in fact could be totally unsafe. If you are still driving with your run-flat tyres after they have already been run flat, you should have them replaced immediately.</div>