Tyre safety: Why you can’t afford to overlook it
Almost half of Australians delay buying new tyres as long as possible. Here’s what you need to know to maintain your tyres and vehicle safety, and even save money at the bowser.
Tyres are not the first thing that come to mind when Australian motorists think ‘road safety’.
In fact, 40 per cent of Australian drivers are unaware of legal tyre safety standards according to the Australian Road Safety Foundation, and one in three admit to driving on what they suspect to be unroadworthy tyres.
What’s more, 48 per cent of drivers delay buying new tyres as long as possible.
But when tyres are the connection between the vehicle and road, making sure they adhere to legal safety standards is crucial to keeping you, and everyone else on the road safe – especially during the busy summer road trip season and time where driving skills have deteriorated post lockdown.
“Motorists driving on worn tyres increase risk and danger to themselves and other motorists, says Dion Cachia, Merchandise Manager, 4x4 Adventure & Escape, Repco.
“No matter how good of a driver you are, and no matter what type of car you have, your overall safety depends a lot on the tyres you’re using and the grip they provide.”
“Proper and regular tyre maintenance and regular checks can help mitigate the chance and severity of motor accidents and thankfully it’s much easier these days through emerging products and technologies such as tyre inflator kits and pressure monitors.”
So, whether you’re travelling domestically, going off-road in your 4x4, camping or caravanning, or just headed on an adventure down the coast, here’s how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this holiday period – and even save money - through better tyre safety and maintenance.