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It is common knowledge that many of the accidents that occur on our roads result from tyre bursts. “The vehicle burst a tyre, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle; he veered out of his lane into the lane of another vehicle. ……..”. The news reports are often couched this way.
The conversation and reports are usually centered around driver fatigue, bad roads, reckless driving (actually a major factor), absence of road markings, absence of street lights, absence of signage and the rest, and the rest and the rest. We have never identified a most probable culprit; the VULGANIZER !!!
In preparing for a long journey, an acquaintance decided to check his tyres. He asked a vulganizer for the recommended air pressure for his car’s tyres; he was told 50. He had the pressure of his tyres topped up to 50 all round.
At his destination, he engaged some friends on the issue of a minister of state who had then lost his life in an accident that resulted from a burst tyre. They all wondered what could have happened, because nobody could imagine a minister would be travelling with expired tyres as many would think is the major cause of tyre bursts.
One of them (who had lived outside the country for some years) indicated that the major cause of tyre burst in Ghana is that we inflate too much. Pressure in our tyres get way above the required maximum specification. He posited that each car has a specific recommended tyre size and pressure clearly written on it by the manufacturers.
Just check the inside of the door frame on the driver’s side. This info is clearly available there; take your time to read. If your car’s manual is available, please check for this info. Also, seek this info on the tyre itself as they all bear the specs and even expiry dates.
He checked his and was shocked; the recommended pressure for his tyres is 32; he had just traveled with tyres on a pressure of 50. Yes indeed, “my people perish for lack of knowledge”.
Most car tyres are made to run on a pressure of 29. The highest you can find should be 32. The emphasis here is on salon cars and SUVs. I am unsure of the pressure for buses and big vehicles yet.
He explained that tyres are made of rubber and expand at a high temperature. So, when travelling in the afternoon when the asphalt on the road is hot, the tyres expand. Pressure increases with heat; the tyre is too much and wouldn’t accommodate the expansion, a burst is likely to occur and most likely to result in an accident.
Please check the recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle and that of others you know. Also check to see if the vulganizer will fix all the wheel nuts after fixing your tyre. Just be curious and check if he had refitted the valve cap.
Another source and cause for worry is the attitude of auto mechanics. Are you aware they hardly fit all the screws and or nuts they unscrew from your vehicle when they are done with whatever repairs they undertake ?
I find this to be vital information that as many Ghanaians need to read.
Kindly share this message; you may be the one to save a life or more.
NB: I copied this piece from a friend’s WhatsApp post and “modified” it for good reading and better clarity. The facts however remain his work; they are unchanged. But any errors and omissions are mine.
Friend, you have been acknowledged.
Source: George Osei Asante-Osei