With exams over and school holidays just around the corner, South African families are making plans to take to the roads. Whether heading to the coast, or into the mountains, being aware of road safety and making sure your vehicle – and most importantly, your tyres, are up for the trip – should be on the checklist.
“The first line of safety on the road is your vehicle’s tyres,” says Yvette Govender, Marketing and Business Development Director at Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, manufacturer of the popular Dunlop Tyre brand. “It is the only part of your car that touches the road.”
“Many accidents happen as a result of worn or damaged tyres,” says Govender. “In South Africa it is illegal for tyres to have less than 1mm of tread. Dunlop tyres have a built-in tread depth indicator at 1.6mm, giving motorists ample warning when it is time to replace their vehicle’s tyres.”
To help travellers ensure that their tyres are well maintained and road trip ready, Dunlop has created 7 Tyre Tips instructional videos. The video animations are short and informative and aim to help consumers understand just how important tyres are, creating awareness and education around a variety of tyre-related topics.
The first video in the series, “Every mark tells a story” explains the details listed on the side wall of a tyre, this is followed by an explanation of tread depth indicators, the importance of wheel alignment on “Being Smooth” and wheel balancing covered on “Bad vibes”. “Why tyre rotation is a cool move” is up next and followed by “Air conditioning” which explains the importance of air pressure and correct tyre inflation.
The final video in the series, “How to change a flat tyre” should be watched by the whole family – with practice sessions to ensure that a quick and safe road side tyre change is possible if the situation arises.
Taking your vehicle for regular services will ensure smooth running of the engine helping to get you safely to your destination. Having your tyres inspected by a Dunlop Zone or Dunlop Express fitment centre should also be part of this preparation.