Before you go…ENSURE YOUR TYRES ARE SAFE!

 

Tyre safety is crucial, and if we neglect to check and care for our tyres regularly, they can become a serious hazard during our journey. Overinflated, underinflated, or worn tyres can suddenly blowout and cause very serious accidents. We want our customers and all road users to be safe, and so we are reminding everyone of the following tyre safety tips:

 1.       CHECK TYRE PRESSURE

The correct tyre pressure not only improves fuel economy and enhances the performance of your vehicle, but is also essential for a safe journey. It is important to check your tyre pressure routinely.

a.       Firstly, determine the recommended tyre pressure, measured in PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) for your particular vehicle by viewing the sticker on the sill of the driver’s door or on inside of the gas tank door. It can also be found in the owner’s manual which many vehicle manufacturers publish online.

b.       Next, check the pressure in each tyre by using a tyre pressure gauge. Tyre pressure gauges can be quite affordable, and it is recommended that you keep one close by to facilitate regular pressure checks before travelling.

c.       Lastly, if your tyre pressure is below the recommended PSI, make a quick visit to the nearest gas station equipped with an air pump. Set the pump to the correct PSI and follow the instructions to inflate the tyre. If your tyre pressure is above the recommended PSI, release air out of the tyre by pressing down the rod inside the tyre valve in very small bursts and check the PSI reading on the tyre pressure gauge during each interval until it reaches the recommended level.

 2.       CHECK TYRE TREAD DEPTH

The tread of your tyres is the rubber on your tyre which grips the road as you drive. Low tread depth puts you and other road users at risk as the traction of your tyres is reduced. This means that it will take your vehicle longer to stop when the brakes are applied, your chances of skidding are increased, your vehicle is more prone to hydroplaning when driving on wet surfaces, and you and everyone in your vehicle are predisposed to all other hazards of balding tyres. It is therefore important to regularly check the depth of the tread on your tyre, and change to new tyres as soon as the tread is less than the minimum recommended depth. Several jurisdictions have a legal minimum limit of 1.6mm for tyre tread depth.

 

The following methods can be used to check tyre tread depth:  

 

-          Using a Tread Depth Gauge:

A tread depth gauge can be used to measure the depth of the tread. Extend and insert the measuring probe right down into the groove(s) that runs right around the tyre (be sure that the probe does not rest on the raised tread wear indicators within the grooves of the tyres). Then push the shoulders of the gauge down until they rest flat on the outer tread. Check the top of the gauge to see the measurement of the tread depth. This exercise should be done at various spots in both the inner and outer grooves around the tyre, since certain factors can result in uneven tyre wearing.

 

-          Monitoring Tread Wear Indicators:

Some tyre manufacturers place tread wear indicators on their tyres. These are little raised pieces that can be found in the grooves at various locations all around the tyre. They are lower than the tread when the tyre is new. Once the indicators and the tread are at the same level, the tyre should be changed immediately.

 

-          Using a Jamaican One-Dollar Coin:

Insert a Jamaican one-dollar coin into the groove(s) that runs right around the tyre. If the tread doesn’t cover up to more than half of any letter of any word around the coin, then the tread is likely less than 1.6mm and the trye should be changed immediately. This exercise should be done at various spots around the tyre since certain factors can result in uneven tyre wearing.

 

 3.       CHECK FOR SIGNS OF GENERAL DAMAGE

Make it a routine to do a visual check of all your tyres before travelling. Look out for any abnormalities in your tyres including bulges in the tyre tread or sidewalls. Do not drive on the tyre if any bulge/ swelling is present as the tyre could suddenly blowout. Instead, replace the tyre immediately. If you notice the tyre is wearing in certain areas or if you observe any areas with tyre cupping (i.e., sinks or pocket-like wearing in sections of the tyre tread), urgently have the vehicle checked at a competent service centre, as this could be a sign of misalignment or other serious issues.

 4.       LISTEN FOR UNUSUAL SOUNDS COMING FROM THE TYRE WHEN DRIVING

One indication of tyre damage is if you hear it making strange noises as the vehicle is being driven. You should take note of any strange sounds and immediately have the vehicle checked at a competent service centre.

 

We urge all drivers to routinely monitor the condition of their tyres to ensure they meet the recommended safety guidelines, and to purchase only tyres that are within the approved standard.

Passengers are also encouraged to eyeball the tyres of vehicles with these safety tips in mind before getting in.

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