The care and use of tyres should be of paramount concern to drivers and vehicle owners so as to ensure safety and prolonged usage. Generally, the cost of tyres care is negligible when compared to repair or replacement costs. The level of maintenance and the manner in which tyres are used on vehicles demonstrate care or a lack of it.
For many years, the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) has been monitoring new and used tyres under its Standards Compliance programme to ensure that they meet the requirements of national standards. Monitoring is done by Inspectors at ports of entry and at bonds and warehouses, and involves the examination of the commodity to ensure compliance with labeling and quality requirements. However, monitoring by the Bureau is not enough to ensure safe tyres are used on our road ways. Frequent examination and care by users go a far way to guarantee that their tyres take them a far way, safely.
As drivers, simple actions like checking your tyre pressure to make sure that they are properly inflated can make a real difference in how long your tyres last. Under or over-inflated tyres don’t wear evenly and won’t last as long. For example, a tyre that is constantly 20% underinflated can last 20% less in use. That means, a new tyre that could last approximately 95,000 km would be worn out by 75,000 km. In addition, since the front and rare axles and the right and left side of vehicles wear down tyres differently, rotating your tyres regularly between the different positions will ensure they wear evenly and last longer.
A visit to the experts is not necessary to determine the ideal requirements for optimal performance of your tyres. Usually tyres are adequately labelled with the information needed to guide users as to their size, pressure and load requirements, which must be complied with to ensure safety and to avoid the loss of lives due to road accidents. The following are some tips which will help in the care and use of tyres:
Proper care and use will extend the life of tyres and reduce the incidence of accidents due to tyre damage or “blowout”, so drivers are urged to monitor and properly use their tyres to ensure safety on the road.
For further information, kindly contact the GNBS on telephone numbers: 219-0065, 219-0066 or 219-0069 or visit the website: www.gnbsgy.org.
GNBS Inspectors checking tyres