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USE TPMS – AVOID TYRE BURSTS IN SUMMER

 

On 23 May 2017, a fatal bus crash happened in Dubai, the villain was tyre burst !!!  The driver lost control of the bus after the tyre burst, then collided with a lorry in the opposite lane close to Dubai Investments Park in Jebel Ali. Seven people died and 35 were injured. At TEBRA we say, it is only the beginning of summer and the motorists need to be more cautious on vehicle safety and follow the tips on Tyre burst provided below.

In TEBRA, we have  been involved in providing a better and safer tomorrow by introducing the concept of road safety since 1997. We are the pioneer in supplying road speed limiters and complete modification of school buses as per the RTA, DOT and ESMA Rules and Regulations. The innovative devices on vehicle safety TEBRA has introduced in the market is well received by the vehicle dealers and owners.

Like in the accident mentioned above the majority of the accidents occurred in summer are due to the lack of priority given on tyre safety. Though the risk of tyre burst is there throughout the year, during summer the number of accidents due to tyre bursts rises in our country on account of the high temperature. Even though our Government has taken every precaution to keep roads maintained well without any surprises, the accidents do happen and it becomes the motorist’s responsibility to make sure they adhere to the vehicle safety measures.

When we analyse, we understand that the faulty tyres coupled with the hot weather are a deadly combination for road accidents. The police and experts consider worn out tyres as a leading cause of accidents in our country. Being in the road safety industry for long we also join the campaign to reduce the accidents and make the journey safe and joyous for the motorists.  Since accidents due to bursting tyre is one of the main reasons for the accidents we would like to highlight the following simple tips that you need to follow to avoid tyre burst.

  1. Cheap/ Duplicate tyres

Please be aware of the scam that the fake tyres of reputed brands are supplied in the market and should make sure that you are buying from the reputed stores or dealers. Motorists should also be aware that the expired tyres are sold in the market by changing the expiry date without giving a sign of such alterations.  Last October, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) has made it compulsory for sellers to fit RFID stickers to each new tyres. Please look for such stickers when you go for replacements and if the sticker is missing kindly avoid buying the same.

  1. Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

TPMS is an electronic system designed to monitor the air pressure inside the pneumatic tyres on various types of vehicles. The purpose of TPMS in your vehicle is to warn you that at least one or more tyres are significantly under-inflated, possibly creating unsafe driving conditions.
TPMS are provided both at an OEM (factory) level as well as an aftermarket solution.  Motorists should ensure that your vehicle is fitted TPMS as the same is more important than the decorative items added on the vehicle. The target of a TPMS is avoiding traffic accidents, poor fuel economy, and increased tire wear due to under-inflated tyres through early recognition of a hazardous state of the tyres.

  1. Check all tyres- regulary

All tyres including the spare should be checked regularly.Look for any visible signs of wear or damage, such as deep cracks, exposed cables, cuts or uneven wear of the tyres. Heat is the biggest enemy of rubber. The hotter a tyre runs, the greater the tread wears. The depth of the tyre tread indicates the remaining service life. To determine the tread depth, a tread depth gauge can be used. Whereas a new tyre usually has a depth of 8mm, the minimum legal requirement for a tread in motor cars in the UAE is 1.6mm, and motorists are recommended to change a tyre when its tread is 3mm. Regularly check the tread depth at several points on the tyre and consult a specialist in case of doubt.

  1. Check the tyre pressure

Check the pressure of your tyres at least once a month. The correct pressures for your vehicle can normally be found in your owner’s manual. The efficiency of tyres is majorly dependent on its air pressure. A low air pressure makes the tyres weak while driving, and may result in a blowout. A high temperature causes the air pressure drop more quickly. The pressure should be tested at close intervals, especially before a long road trip.
It is important to always check the pressure when the tyres are cold, meaning you have not driven the car for at least 2 hours or for not more than 3km. If you do check the pressure when the tyres are warm, then add 0.3 bar to the recommended level.

  1. Check the tyre balance

Ensure that your tyres are properly balanced. If your car develops a back-and-forth vibration, usually felt through the steering wheel at a certain speed, it may be because one of your tyres has lost its balance weight. A balanced wheel sees the even weight around the entire axle of the tyre. As little as a quarter of an ounce difference in weight at one point is enough to cause serious vibration. Unbalanced tyres can lead to uneven and premature wear or excessive stress on the suspension components. Balancing the tyres should be done by a reputable dealer.

  1. Check the tyre alignment

Ensure that your wheels are properly aligned. Wrongly aligned wheels not only adversely affect the performance of your vehicle, but are also not healthy for tyres’ life. As part of normal driving, parts of your car’s suspension may become worn, and springs can be stretched out. When you have driven over a large object in the road or hit a pothole or pavement, your suspension can be disrupted making your wheels sit at improper angles.
During summer, tyre discrepancies must be monitored extra carefully. Uneven tyre alignment can affect the handling of the vehicle and will cause the tyres to wear unevenly and prematurely, which in turn may lead to a tyre burst. Tyre alignment should be checked and corrected by a professional.

  1. Other tips to avoid tyre wear

With the tyre being the only contact point between the vehicle and the road, one cannot do enough to ensure the best quality of a tyre. These maintenance procedures must be done all year round, but during summer people are recommended to be extra cautious.
Never overload your vehicle. Overloading increases tyre wear and fuel consumption, adversely affects vehicle handling and stability, and increases the braking distance. Keep an eye on the suspension. Old or worn shock absorbers can cause faster tyre wear and impact vehicle handling.

 

Don’t learn safety by accident”

“Know Safety- No Injury. No Safety- Know Injury”

 

Khalid R. Al Mazroei
Managing Director