Disturbed by the spate of road traffic crashes associated with the use of substandard tyres, the Federal Road Safety Corps has reiterated its appeal to motorists to avoid the use of sub-standard tyres on their vehicles.
According to the Corps Public Education Officer, Imoh Etuk, “this trend has no doubt, contributed to avoidable road traffic crashes in Nigeria. Tyres are very important to the life of a motorist because, among other devices in a vehicle,  tyre is the only link between the vehicle and the road.

Etuk also frowned at the rate at which motorists in the country operate with fairly used tyres even in the face of road safety challenges associated with the use of such tyres. He therefore urged motorists to use only tyres recommended by the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON).

Speaking further, he said, “It is worrisome that some motorists patronize these products which have not only expired but do not conform to minimum safety standards. “It is also imperative to note that new tyres are not ruled out from expiration because some tyres may get close to expiry date before being purchased and used by motorists who are ignorant of this”, he stated.

Imoh also stated that “ Tyres carry all the loads in the vehicle and to a large extent, determines the safety of the occupants in a vehicle”. Another issue worthy of consideration is the tyre pressure. Under-inflated tyres wear fast at the edges of the tread pattern.  In the same vein, under-inflated tyres cause overheating and overheated tyres commonly lead to tyre burst”, he further stated.

The Corps Public Education Officer added that the present trend of road crashes which are speed-induced, often lead to tyre burst and justifies  on-going advocacy for speed limiting device to be installed on vehicle plying the nation’s highways in order to reduce the spate of avoidable road traffic crashes.

He pointed out that under the present weather condition, Vehicles owners should ensure regular tyre checks for uneven wears, cracks or damage. “It is also instructive to properly inflate your vehicle tyre as underinflated tyres make the tubes to become hot and increases the risk of a blow out and subsequent summersault of vehicles”, he added.

As the Federal Road Safety Corps intensifies its sustained safety awareness campaign towards improved road culture, it hereby directs its Commands nationwide to aggressively clamp down on the violators of traffic offence. Road users are further warned to avoid road vices such as overloading, under-age driving, drunk driving, speed limit violation, driving with mobile phone and non-use of seat belt in order to ensure sanity on the highways.

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