24 June 2016
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has advised motorists to change their vehicle tyres after every 80,000 kilometres of use and whether the tyres were worn out or not.
Its Unit Commander in Suleja, Niger State, Assistant Corps Commander Olayinka Akande, gave the advice on Friday during an “Operation Know Your Tyre’’ campaign mounted by the FRSC.
He said the corps had identified tyre-related challenges as major factor in traffic accidents, adding that knowledge would reduce carnage on the roads.
“Records of road traffic crashes in recent times showed that majority of fatal and serious crashes were the result of tyre bursts.
“We target the various associations like the NURTW, NARTO, RTEAN, tyre dealers, vulcanisers and motorcycle riders to enlighten them on the important features on tyres, expiry dates and tyre pressure levels,’’ he said.
Mr Benjamin Omo, a tyre dealer said that the campaign was worthwhile because most retailers did not have the technical knowledge about tyres.
“We just buy and sell tyres for business sake. The moment it’s new, we take it as good and fix on vehicles. But this lecture has enlightened us a great deal to know the types of tyres that we sell,’’ he said.