Nigerians recently received the rude shock that our honourable Minister lost his life together with his wife and son as a result of tyre burst. Recently again, doctors from Ekiti State lost their lives due to tyre burst. It happened again last week when we lost our own dear Peace John due to the same problem – tyre burst. May God forbid any further sad occurence.
It’s time we do something about it too. A friend sent the reason for incessant tyre burst below. If we take the recommended precautions, we shall not only save our lives, but those of our loved ones and others.
Many people have been wondering what the cause of incessant tyre burst accidents could be on Nigerian roads. The major cause is that we put too much pressure in our tyres.
How do I know?
I was preparing for a journey, I changed some of my tyres and asked the vulcanizer what the recommended tyre pressure was and he said 50. I said alright, inflate them to 50 all round.
When I got to where I was going, I was discussing with some people on the issue of the minister that died on the road due to a tyre burst and wonder 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 burst.
A man (who lived in US for many years ) said that the major cause of tyre burst in Nigeria is that we put too much pressure on our tyres and that each car has recommended tyre size and pressure clearly written by the manufacturer.
I was surprised and begged him to show me where it is written on my car. To my greatest surprise, it is written by the driver’s door. I used this door everyday without noticing it. By the time we checked, the recommended pressure for my tyres is 32! But I just traveled with tyres on a pressure of 50!
He took me round his compound and showed me that of the cars (which included a jeep and a sienna), the highest was 32. some were even 29!
He further explained that tyres are made of rubber and expand at high temperature. So, when you are travelling in the afternoon when the asphalt on the road is hot, the tyres will expand. If the pressure in the tyre is too much and wouldn’t accommodate the expansion, a burst is likely to occur at that time.
Please check the recommended tyre pressure for your vehicles and others you know. #copied