A staggering one in five road accidents in South Africa are caused by tyre failures*.
To help driver’s be more tyre safe, small rubber moulded inserts, called ‘Tread Wear Indicators’ (TWIs), can now be found in the tread grooves on all passenger and SUV vehicle tyres on South African roads.
TWIs are a useful tool to help drivers determine the amount of remaining tread on their tyres. The TWI enables motorists to visually compare their tyre tread depth to the legal minimum tread depth of 1 mm. Once the tyre tread and the TWI are level, it is time to buy new tyres if you have not done so already.
This life-saving announcement comes a few weeks ahead of the Easter holidays, when many South Africans are preparing for long car journeys, travelling out of town to visit family and friends. The number of car accidents recorded on South African roads tend to peak over the Easter break and the festive season, when many more motorists are driving long distances on holiday.
“Driving on worn tyres is a huge safety hazard – for you, your passengers and other road users,” says Carlo Baldocchi, Tyre Sector Manager at the South African Tyre Manufacturing Conference (SATMC). “Cars