One of the foremost elements for the safety and control of a vehicle is the tyres. According to industry analysts, the total number of motor vehicles that are currently on the road are nearly 1.3 billion with 95% classified as light vehicles. The South African Tyre Manufacturing Conference (SATMC) estimates the number of vehicles to double within 25 years.
With 1.3 billion vehicles on the road, at least 5.2 billion tyres are supporting them. The number does not include the spare tyre and the heavy duty trucks and trailers that have been fitted with anything between 10 to 100 tyres. Meanwhile, there are some important facts that consumers must know regarding tyres.
Tyres are the only contact between the vehicle and the road. The tyres bear the vehicle’s weight by touching the surface of an area that is barely the size of a postcard. It can be said that the vehicle is wearing a set of healthy tyres once they have been filled with air to transmit traction and force brake and act as springs to absorb shocks. Worn and defective tyres can reduce the performance of the vehicle. They are also considered as the leading contributor to fatal collisions.
The tyre manufacturing industry of South Africa faces global competition from at least 200 tyre importers of various brands. A substantial number of tyres that have been shipped from the Far East do not usually undergo regulatory procedures making them unsafe to be sold to the public. There must be strict regulations covering imported tyres to ensure the safety of motorists.
South Africa has safety rules and regulations on tyres that are used on all kinds of vehicles including trailers. To ensure compliance, tyres are required to have the E mark and the E certificate from the manufacturer. The certificate verifies that the tyre manufacturer operates a quality management system certified by an accredited authority.
All Gold Coast tyres include a 100% satisfactionguarantee which means that the company will balance and fit the tyres on the customer’s vehicle. To ensure quality and safety, the tyres are precision tested before they are sold on the market.