Grocott's Mail

Keep death off the roads

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As road deaths continue to remain an issue, the Recycling and Economic Developmen­t Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has recognised the need to educate consumers around tyre safety and maintenanc­e.

In support of the Transport Month 2015 Road Safety Campaign in the Western Cape, Redisa is assisting the Department of Transport and Public Works by raising awareness.

Redisa will run road user safety campaigns at taxi ranks in Worcester, Cape Town, Bellville and Paarl. Road users participat­ing in these campaigns will learn about good road safety habits and find out more about interventi­ons to reduce road fatalities and injuries in the Western Cape. However, the advice applies to road users in the Eastern Cape.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said it is important to create as much road safety awareness as possible among road users and pedestrian­s.

Following the results of a consumer survey undertaken by Redisa in 2013, the organisati­on recognises that part of the solution lies in the need for consumer education with regards to tyre safety. In the survey, more than 1 000 consumers nationally were questioned about their vehicle and tyre maintenanc­e.

Results showed 63% of motorists claim to take full responsibi­lity for the maintenanc­e of their vehicles.

“There are small habits that motorists can adopt to remain safe on the roads this Transport Month. These include checking tyres regularly for punctures, cuts and bulges to ensure that they are in good condition for the road. In addition to safety, this also means that the tyre lasts longer, leading to fewer new tyres bought as regularly, not only saving the consumer money but also reducing tyre waste in South Africa in the long run,” says director Stacey Davidson.

While checking tyre pressure occurs more regularly, tasks such as wheel alignment/ balance and tyre rotation are not happening as often as they need to be. Maintenanc­e is not only about frequency, but also employing the correct methods such as checking tyre pressure on a cold start, using a pressure gauge or inflation meter. In addition wheel alignment/ balance and rotation needs to be checked more often and not only when replacing tyres.

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