Tyre blow-outs, like what happened outside of Durban earlier this month, can happen for many reasons. These reasons can easily include reckless driving by your employees when going over rough roads, potholes or when speeding. So train your drivers to stay within the speed limits, to avoid potholes, curbs and pavements and to take it easy on rough roads.
In the event of a rear tyre blow-out
If the vehicle has a rear tyre blow-out, it will swerve. Teach your drivers to firmly hold the steering wheel while gearing down to slow the
vehicle down. Using brakes too hard can cause the vehicle to lose control.
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In the event of a front-tyre blow out:
The vehicle will pull sharply to one side. Teach your employees to firmly hold the steering and concentrate and correcting the pull. Train them to avoid using the foot brake and encourage them to focus on the steering while gearing down to slow down. Using the foot brake could cause the rear wheels to lock.
Also, remember that continuing to drive with a burst tyre can increase the risk of fire because of sparks.
So, there you have it! A very practical safety tip for your drivers.
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