The growing number of cars on roads today mainly spells out two things: the chances of risks and hazards on the road and also an increase in traffic. To help improve drivers on becoming more aware of road safety, Goodyear Malaysia and Road Safety Department of Malaysia (JKJR) conducted a recent workshop to provide an insight into how important tyres are on a vehicle. As tyres are the only point of contact between the car and the road, it plays a key role when it comes to safety. Here are eight tips to tyre care and safety, as well as a guide on proper tyre maintenance, the message that was part of what have learnt from the workshop.
8 Tips to Tyre Care & Safety
1) Ensure that the tyres you buy have the following indicators ‘MS’ (Malaysian Standard), ‘DOT’ (US Department of Transport), or ‘E’ (European Union/ UNECE Standard).
2) Do not purchase used tyres that have been worn past the Tread Wear Indicator (TWI), or used tyres that have been regrooved and reconditioned.
3) Replace your vehicle’s tyres when the tyre tread has reached the limit set by the Tread Wear Indicator (TWI).
4) Inspect your tyres before every journey and ensure to check the tyre’s pressure once a week.
5) Ensure to have your tyres properly aligned and balanced at a proper workshop every 10,000km, or should you feel that your vehicle’s steering vibrates unusually, or pulls to one side, get it checked soonest possible.
6) Get your tyres rotated (front to rear) at every 10,000km or according to the vehicle’s manufacture recommendation.
7) Do not carry a load more than the tyre’s capable weight. Refer to the Load Index chart to define the tyre’s maximum load.
8) Contact an accredited tyre shop for inspections and further information.
Proper Tyre Maintenance
1) Check your tyre pressure once a week, or more frequently should you travel long distance often.
2) Use a tyre pressure gauge to check your vehicle’s tyre pressure. For accurate readings, check them when the tyres are cold or in the mornings.
3) Do not drive with tyres that have worn out treads.
4) Do not carry a load more than the tyre’s capable weight. Refer to the Load Index chart to define the tyre’s maximum load.
5) Obey the speed limit on roads and practice safe and responsible driving.
“This joint initiative together with JKJR is part of our continuous efforts to create a way in increasing awareness on road safety. It is our commitment to offer quality products and services to ensure drivers are more prepared and equipped when they are on the road to face different weather or road conditions,” said Ben Hoge, Managing Director of Goodyear Malaysia.
Goodyear also introduced a Worry Free Assurance program that covers irreparable damages caused by road hazards. Consumers can enjoy the benefit of road hazard assurance for six months with eligible claims of one-on-one tyre replacements that can be done at any authorised Goodyear Autocare or Servitekar outlets. To find out more about Goodyear’s Worry Free Assurance Program, click here.