Tyres are one of the most important parts of any vehicle that we drive. It is essential to check their condition before starting any journey, but many of us neglect this task and forget about it in the long run. Bad tyres can cause accidents, and in response, the Nagpur rural RTO has initiated a new campaign to reduce accidents on the Samruddhi Mahamarg, also known as the Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway. The RTO has banned vehicles with bad tyres from using the expressway and imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 for violators.
These strict measures were taken in response to the increasing number of accidents on the expressway, most of which are caused by bad tyre conditions. According to the authorities, the rate of flat tyres on the expressway is 15%, while the rate of tyre bursts is 12%. These figures demonstrate our negligence toward tyre maintenance in vehicles. In the last four months, there have been 22 fatal accidents on the Samruddhi Mahamarg, resulting in the loss of 36 lives.
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The RTO flying squad has begun inspecting the tyre conditions of vehicles, and recently, the squad stopped three vehicles with registration numbers MH 27 BZ 2004, DL 9 CAU 8389, and MH 30 AZ 1652. These vehicles were not allowed to enter the Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway because their tyres were worn out. The RTO also penalized three four-wheeler drivers for violating lane-changing rules. Tyres of a car or any other vehicle should be in great shape to ensure safe travel. Vehicle owner must check the condition of the tyres on a regular basis just like any other part. In this case, the reason why RTO is focussing on the tyre is because this expressway has seen many accidents in the past due to poor tyre condition. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, there is nothing much you can do about it. You can however try to keep the car in a straight line to avoid crashing into other vehicles or losing the control over the vehicle completely.
Checking the condition of tyres is crucial, especially when driving on expressways, where the speed limit is high, and vehicles typically drive at or above 100 kmph. If the tyre condition is poor, it can affect braking, and the chances of skidding or losing control of the vehicle are high. Continuous driving on such expressways causes tyres to heat up, and gases start to fill inside them, leading to tyre bursts. This is true for both new and bad tyres.
It is recommended to maintain the optimum tyre pressure recommended by the manufacturer on expressways. Under-inflated tyres can heat up, while overinflated tyres can burst. The Yamuna Expressway, which connects Greater Noida and Agra, is notorious for tyre bursts, and several incidents have been reported. Regular inspection of tyres for wear and tear and cuts is essential. Tyres should have a minimum of 1.5 mm of tread to provide adequate grip to the vehicle. Overloading a vehicle can also cause tyre burst accidents due to the extra pressure on the tyres. Therefore, it is best to avoid overloading and keep the vehicle within its recommended load capacity.
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