Often part-worn and second-hand tyres are seen as a more cost-effective alternative to purchasing brand new tyres, especially for cash-strapped motor owners. However, what one may regard as a financial advantage, could cost customers and other road users on the road.
Tyre safety also transcends just having a good conditioned tyre in place, it looks at the size, compatibility and fit which all have a direct impact on how safe the tyres on your car are.
Buying used tyres at cheap prices can be a risky proposition. New tyres are available to suit all budgets, provide a safer option, carry a guarantee and should last longer, meaning they will offer better value for money in the long term.
Defective tyres are one of the leading contributors to fatal collisions on Africa’s roads. Poor tyres can reduce the performance of a vehicle, increase stopping distance, raise the risk of skidding, and, if under-inflated or worn, will also increase fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
On a part-worn tyre, the tread will not be as deep as on a new tyre, thus providing less effective grip in wet conditions and potentially leading to aquaplaning.
A multidimensional effort is required by tyre manufacturers, Governments, regulatory bodies, consumers and intermediaries to help ensure tyre safety and save lives on African roads.
This includes all-round concerted and proactive efforts to support the development, implementation, enforcement and compliance with more stringent standards and regulations for part-worn and second-hand tyres which are:
- ill-suited and unsafe to be trade, fitted and used; and
- safe to be traded, fitted and used.