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Easter road trip: Check your tyres

2018-03-31 14:17

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Cape Town - The long Easter weekend is upon us and families throughout SA are setting off on road trips. Make sure you conduct these essential tyre checks before hitting the road.

With such varied driving conditions likely it is essential for motorists to check their tyres before making any long journeys this Easter.

Adjusting tyre pressure

Motorists should remember when taking a family trips, their vehicle is likely to be carrying more passengers and luggage than usual, meaning the tyre pressures must be adjusted to suit the new heavier load.

Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chairman, said: "The four-day Easter weekend offers motorists the chance of a break with their families, which will be all the more enjoyable knowing they’ve taken every precaution to stay safe while travelling. That’s especially true for those who are making longer journeys than they’re used to in a vehicle with a much heavier load than normal.

"Ensuring your tyres are correctly inflated, have no cuts, lumps or bulges, and adequate tread depth can help reduce the risk of incidents on the roads. These simple checks can be crucial to a good Easter weekend."

TyreSafe has also offered some egg-sential Easter advice for the period.

Air Pressure – Correct tyre pressures are shown on a sticker in your car’s door shut, filler cap or in the owner’s manual. Use an accurate pressure gauge to ensure they are right for the load as part of your pre-journey planning

Condition – Stones and other objects in the tread should be removed. Bulges, cracks, cuts and embedded objects are cause for concern and need to be checked by a professional

Tread – Use a R5 coin to see whether your tyres’ tread depths are at least 1.6mm. Insert the R5 at several points across and around each tyre. If you can see the coin’s outer rim at any point the tyre is illegal and must be changed immediately.

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