A thou­sand rea­sons to check your tyres

Shepparton News - Shepparton Car Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

VACC, the peak au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try body in Vic­to­ria, has re­vealed that more than a thou­sand ve­hi­cles on our roads have un­safe tyres.

Of the 4101 ve­hi­cles tested by VACC re­pair­ers, 1005 ve­hi­cles were found to have un­safe tyres.

Part of VACC’s on­go­ing ve­hi­cle safety cam­paign, the data also re­vealed a third of ve­hi­cles on Vic­to­ria’s roads failed at least one of the five ba­sic safety checks.

“To think that one-in-four ve­hi­cles tested by VACC re­pair­ers has un­safe tyres is fright­en­ing,” VACC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor David Pur­chase said.

“Tyres are the only part of a ve­hi­cle in con­tact with the road and if the tyres are worn, bald or dam­aged there is a real chance that ve­hi­cle will be in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.

“Be­cause tyres are a cru­cial safety fea­ture, they should be reg­u­larly in­spected by a pro­fes­sional. And to as­sist mo­torists, par­tic­i­pat­ing VACC re­pair­ers will con­duct a Five Point Safety Check at your next ser­vice. As well as the tyres, they will check the other key safety fea­tures of a ve­hi­cle - brakes, lights, steer­ing and re­straints – free of charge.”

Tyres should be well main­tained, in­flated to the cor­rect pres­sure and have a min­i­mum tread depth of 1.5 mil­lime­tres. Ad­e­quate tread is cru­cial for dis­pers­ing wa­ter away from the tyre and pre­vent­ing aqua­plan­ing.

Mo­torists are ad­vised to test tyre pres­sure weekly as un­der-inflation causes ex­ces­sive flex­ing in the tyre and over-inflation causes a loss of grip on the road. This ap­plies to all ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing ones with mod­ern safety sys­tems such as anti-lock brakes and ESC as they rely on tyre qual­ity to func­tion cor­rectly.

“There are many rea­sons why mo­torists should make sure their tyres are well main­tained. Firstly, they could save lives and se­condly, they will save you money. Driv­ing sen­si­bly on cor­rect tyres will make a ve­hi­cle more ef­fi­cient, help pre­vent wear and tear and use less fuel,” Mr Pur­chase said.

“Do not un­der­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of your ve­hi­cle’s tyres. Reg­u­larly test their pres­sure and if in any doubt about their safety, have them checked by a pro­fes­sional.”

Ad­e­quate tread is cru­cial for dis­pers­ing wa­ter away and pre­vent­ing aqua­plan­ing

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