In the event of an accident, your insurance claims can be refuted if it is determined that your tires were in poor condition and were the result of the accident. [Although the national standard is only 1 mm and the general international standard is 1.6 mm, the authors are personally of the opinion that these values are insufficient and that a minimum tread depth of 2 mm is recommended.] While minor damage to a tire can be repaired, there is no safe and usable solution for bare or curved tires other than replacement. It won`t help if you have the best brakes on the market, but your tires are worn or poorly fitted. «While you may be lucky to walk away from a crashed vehicle that doesn`t have roadworthy tires, you risk being severely deferred financially if your insurer determines that your vehicle has defective tires, disputes your vehicle`s roadworthiness inspection, and refuses to pay for the damage caused by the accident. Add to that the injuries that smooth tires can cause to you, your family and other road users, and it`s not worth saving costs by not replacing damaged tires. «In addition, however, it is required that a tire is not worn to the point that part of the tire construction is compromised. This is because a tire can be worn or damaged in an area to expose parts of the tire construction. In such a state, the tire is weakened in more than one respect: according to Regulation 212 of the National Highway Code, the tires must be at least 1 mm, and if it falls below this value, motorists can be fined. Some tires have wear indicators in the tread pattern to indicate when the tread depth is less than 1.6 mm.

In these cases, the tyre shall be replaced as it is considered unfit for circulation if the tread of the tyre complies with these indicators. Worn tires also affect the vehicle`s ability to stop properly, which is another hazard. This means that the following documents are all used to determine the condition of the tyres in terms of road safety: Car tyre safety remains a major issue which, if addressed effectively, can play an important role in reducing carnage on South African roads. An easy way to test this is to insert a match horizontally between the tread of the tire. If the game is level, the tread can still be good. However, if the match comes out of the tread, it`s time to replace it. This is part of SABS 1550 – 1 to 7: «Tyres and rims for motor vehicles – dimensions and loads», which refers to ARP 007 as follows. «Information on the maintenance, maintenance and use of motor vehicle tyres and rims is provided in ARP 007.» fitted with a tyre, unless the tyre has a clearly visible pattern over its entire width and circumference, with a tread depth of at least one millimetre; or In another demonstration, two cars were driven at high speed around a dynamic circuit with a body of water about 10 mm deep positioned at the end of the lap.

The aquaplaning of a vehicle is tested. Vehicles with worn tires were undeniably dangerous and struggled to maintain traction on the road, moving noticeably little water. The AA noted; «Damaged tyres are many varieties; There may be cracks on the sidewall of the tire, deformation of the tread, loss of pressure despite regular inflation, cuts, bulges or even rubber that has spoiled or come off. All this indicates a problem with a tire that needs to be treated urgently. And cost shouldn`t be a factor. If it is damaged, it should be changed as soon as possible. Tires can be expensive to replace, and unfortunately, many people believe that they can still drive a few hundred miles of their existing tires before changing them, when in fact this is not the case. There is a lot of confusion about the correct measurement of tire tread depth. Even so-called tire experts, such as assembly centers, don`t agree on the right track. By law, the tread of tires must be at least 1 mm deep across the entire width of the tire over the entire circumference of the tire – this is the legal limit, but 1.6 mm is safer. The canvas cable or steel strap shall not be visible on the surface of the tyre and the sidewalls shall be free from deep cuts, lumps or bulges. Motorcycles are not allowed to use retreaded tires.

For motorcycles with a cylinder capacity of 50 cc or less, the tread pattern shall be visible over 80 % of the tyre width. The tread of a tyre shall therefore be measured in the main grooves of the tyres and in other areas where the tread wear indicators indicate that the tread depth is to be measured, as prescribed in ARP 007: 1992, «Maintenance, Maintenance and Use of Tyres and Rims of Motor Vehicles», which was confirmed on 30.07.2002. (f) part of the laminated or corded structure of a tyre is exposed; »; The association also encouraged motorists to check the wheel alignment and wheel compensation of their tires. Wheel alignment involves adjusting wheel angles to meet the manufacturer`s specifications. The purpose of wheel alignment is twofold; It reduces tire wear and ensures that the vehicle`s ride is straight and authentic without pulling sideways. Unaligned wheels can cause uneven or rapid tire wear. Regular tire checks were also important, as the rate of tire deterioration does not happen overnight. This is a gradual process, but it can become urgent if left unchecked. [Section 212(j) Point (i) shall apply if the tread depth is set at least 1 mm.

Subparagraph (j)(ii) refers to industrial tyres without tread. The tread depth indicator is different from the profile wear indicator (TWI). The tread wear indicator is used on passenger car tires and is located in the main grooves (where tread depth is measured) to indicate that there is still about 1.6 mm of tread when worn at the TWI.] A tire with an inadequate tread, cut, or otherwise damage reduces the tire`s ability to hold the road, which affects the vehicle`s braking system and increases the risk of the tire bursting while the vehicle is in motion.