Ensure your car tyre safety during the scorching UAE summers

Few tips to tackle common summer car care issues like a sudden tyre burst or worn-out tyres.

The UAE roads are just phenominal! Coming from another part of the world where speeding at even 80 km/hr would definitely mean you will have all your car tyres flying out in all directions (thanks to the bumps and gutters on the road), I still marvel when my car speeds past a 100 km/hr on the UAE roads.  You have state of the art roads, connecting through the isolated deserts and even to the very top of Jebel Jais! Really!! Just slide out that sunroof, gear and groove to your favourite music set on your car and yeah, I can already feel the wind in my hair!

But wait, are we really prepared for the dangers on road that the long scorching summer months pose to our car tyres? Most of us regularly and religiously perform the car wash, oil change and related rituals. Once our beauty is out there bright and shining, who really cares about what is going on under there by the wheels?

"Many people are not aware how important tyres are, although tyres are considered responsible for 33 per cent of the vehicle's safety and bad tyres are the cause of most overturning accidents, especially during the summer when asphalt temperature can reach 70 to 80 degrees Celsius" says Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Director of the Traffic Department, in association with the yearly summer road safety campaign. Gosh, those numbers are scary! Are you aware that driving with tyres in bad condition is a traffic violation and you could be fined at 200 Dhs and your vehicle could be confiscated for seven days?!

Considering the graveness of Dubai heat and the threat it poses to our vehicle’s and our lives, listed below are few simple, practical tips to ensure our vehicle safety.

1.  When you buy your tyres

Always buy your tyres from trusted dealers and never use them beyond the expiry date. Upon quick visual inspection of your vehicle, if you spot excessive tread wear, cracked sidewalls, or any discoloration or bulging, consult with your mechanic and get new tyres.

A well-selected and maintained tyre can contribute greatly to your safety, increased fuel economy, better handling and provide greater comfort and ride quality.

2.  Regular checkups

  • Check your tyres - including your spares – regularly and obvious wear and tear should be fixed with the help of your mechanic. It is equally important to gauge the tyre pressure atleast once in a month.
  • Check your tyre balance (even distribution of weight) and should you detect an unevenness, get it corrected by an expert before it causes premature wear and tear to your tyres.
  • The tyre alignment is an equally concerning matter, Uneven tyre alignment can make vehicle handling difficult and cause the tyres to wear unevenly and prematurely, which in turn may lead to a tyre burst.

These issues are better handled by the professionals. You can quickly reach out to them here.

3. Few generic safety pointers

Together with getting professional help, please ensure that you take those important self- precautionary measures like saying NO to overloading your vehicles, regular replacement and rotation of tyres, keeping a safety kit ready in your vehicle, resisting the temptation to over-speed etc.

We all go that extra mile to make our lives better. Make sure that you take care of these safety tips just to make sure you are safe on the roads to live that life – alive and kicking! ‘cos, afterall your vehicle’s safety is all about your own safety!

 

Pro-tip

 

It is a best practice to get your tyres replaced every five years. Did you know the date of manufacture of the tyre is the last four digits of the DOT code. While the first two digits refer to the week of manufacture, the last two digits refer to the year. For example, if the last four digits of the DOT code are 0305, it means that the tire was manufactured during the third week of the year 2005.

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