Bridgestone South Africa

Tyre survey reveals dangerous tyres

Jun 12, 2010

The latest in Bridgestone South Africa's nationwide surveys of tyres shows that there is still an unacceptably high level of motorists driving on tyres that are considered dangerous and needing to be replaced.

The most recent survey, conducted in Rustenburg reveals that 20% of motorists in this North West Province town are driving on tyres that are below the acceptable tyre pressure level of 1.8 Bar. Even more concerning was the fact that 8% of the tyres examined were found to be at pressures of less than 1.5 Bar, which is considered to be extremely dangerous. Of the 309 vehicles 5% had tyres that were considered unsafe in terms of tread depth or damage and 2% had one or more tyres without valve caps.

In 11 surveys conducted around the country since 2007, during which more than

16 000 tyres on over 4 000 vehicles have been inspected in eight major metropolitan areas, just over 78% of all the vehicles inspected were at or above the acceptable tyre pressure level of 1.8 Bar.

"Although there appears to have been a general improvement since we started the surveys, the statistics remain alarming," said Bridgestone's public relations manager Mandy Lovell. "Too many motorists are not checking their tyre pressures regularly or replacing worn or damaged tyres.

"The percentage of Rustenburg motorists whose tyre pressures fell within the "extremely dangerous" categorisation, that is less than 1,5 Bar or above 2,9 Bar, is cause for concern as it is the highest we have encountered so far in all of our surveys.

"What we learn from these tyre surveys is that there is still a need for educating motorists about the critical role tyres play in vehicle handling and driver control. Underinflated and damaged tyres are a major contributory factor to the high number of crashes on our roads," added Lovell.

Previous surveys have been conducted in all provinces and the i nformation gathered is being used to establish a Bridgestone Tyre Index whereby the ongoing surveys will allow a year-on-year comparison to gauge whether the national tyre inflation condition is improving or not.

"The percentage of Rustenburg motorists whose tyre pressures fell within the "extremely dangerous" categorisation, that is less than 1,5 Bar or above 2,9 Bar, is cause for concern as it is the highest we have encountered so far in all of our surveys.

"What we learn from these tyre surveys is that there is still a need for educating motorists about the critical role tyres play in vehicle handling and driver control. Underinflated and damaged tyres are a major contributory factor to the high number of crashes on our roads," added Lovell.

Previous surveys have been conducted in all provinces and the i nformation gathered is being used to establish a Bridgestone Tyre Index whereby the ongoing surveys will allow a year-on-year comparison to gauge whether the national tyre inflation condition is improving or not.

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