Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has cautioned motorists to shun the usage of expired tyres and to check for the expiry date of tyres before buying. The commission also warned drivers against dangerous driving especially during the rainy season. After the cut are important tips to abide by:
* Driving in the rain
Rain reduce visibility and traction as the road becomes wet and slippery. While driving under the rain, your stopping distance may become four or more times as long as on a dry road. Please consider the following:
* Reduce your speed to reduce loss of control
* Drive in track of other vehicles ahead
* Increase your following distance
* Ensure that your headlamp are on so as to be seen by others
* Use your wipers to clean your windscreen and heater to remove mist.
Please drive to stay alive.
■ Use a gauge to check the air pressure in each tire. Add air or deflate as needed to match the manufacturer’s recommendation.
■ Look in the grooves between tire tread for raised patches of rubber, 2/32″ patches called wear bars. The patches will help you identify a worn out tire. In most states 3/32-inch is the minimum legal tread depth.
■ If tread is worn to a level where wear bars are flush with the tread it indicates that tread depth is 2/32-inch or less. Replace the tires.
■ If your tires do not have wear bars, place a coin into a groove between treads to determine the severity of the wear.
■ Tread should wear evenly, so inspect each tire for unusual tread wear. A rounded edge on the inside and outside edges of tread could indicate under-inflation.
■ The same wear pattern on front tires of front-wheel drive vehicles could indicate a need for more frequent tire rotation.
■ Excessive wear on the center of a tire’s tread could indicate over-inflation.
■ Unusual wear that resembles a chopped or stair-step pattern could indicate worn shocks. Stair-step wear on the inside and outside tread of front tires on 4×4 vehicles may be normal.
■ Excessive wear on the inside or the outside of the tread could indicate the need for alignment.
■ Carefully check each tire for punctures, nails, damage, scuffs, and weather cracking. Repair or replace as necessary.