- RTO implements strict measures to ban vehicles with damaged tyres from using the Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway and fine violators up to Rs 20,000 to reduce accidents caused by poor tyre conditions.
- Regular tyre checks and maintenance, including maintaining optimum tyre pressure, adequate tread depth, and avoiding overloading, are essential to ensure safe travel on motorways with high-speed limits.
Tyres are one of the most critical components of any vehicle we drive. It is critical to check their condition before embarking on any journey, but many of us neglect this task and eventually forget about it. Accidents can be caused by faulty tyres, so the Nagpur rural RTO has launched a new campaign to reduce accidents on the Samruddhi Mahamarg, also known as the Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway. The RTO has prohibited vehicles with damaged tyres from using the motorway and fined violators Rs 20,000.
These stringent measures were implemented in response to an increase in the number of accidents on the motorway, the majority of which are caused by poor tyre conditions. The rate of flat tyres on the motorway, according to authorities, is 15%, while the rate of tyre bursts is 12%.
These figures demonstrate our disregard for vehicle tyre maintenance. There have been 22 fatal accidents on the Samruddhi Mahamarg in the last four months, resulting in the loss of 36 lives.
The RTO flying squad has begun inspecting vehicle tyre conditions, and three vehicles were recently stopped. Because their tyres were worn out, these vehicles were not permitted to enter the Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway. The RTO also fined three four-wheeler drivers for breaking lane-change laws.
To ensure safe travel, the tyres on a car or any other vehicle should be in excellent condition. Tyres, like any other component, must be checked on a regular basis by the vehicle owner. The RTO is focusing on the tyre in this case because this motorway has seen many accidents in the past due to poor tyre condition.
There is nothing you can do if you ever find yourself in such a situation. You can, however, try to keep the car in a straight line to avoid colliding with other vehicles or losing control completely.
Checking the condition of tyres is critical, especially when driving on motorways with high speed limits and vehicles that typically travel at or above 100 kmph. If the tyres are in poor condition, it can affect braking and increase the chances of skidding or losing control of the vehicle. Continuous driving on such motorways causes tyres to overheat and gases to build up inside them, resulting in tyre bursts. This applies to both new and worn tyres.
On motorways, it is recommended that the optimum tyre pressure recommended by the manufacturer be maintained. Underinflated tyres can overheat, and overinflated tyres can burst. The Yamuna Expressway, which connects Greater Noida and Agra, is notorious for tyre bursts, with numerous incidents reported.
It is critical to inspect tyres for wear and tear as well as cuts on a regular basis. To provide adequate vehicle grip, tyres should have a minimum tread depth of 1.5 mm. Overloading a vehicle can also result in tyre burst accidents due to the additional pressure on the tyres. As a result, it is best to avoid overloading the vehicle and keep it within its recommended load capacity.
#RoadSafety #TyreMaintenance #NagpurMumbaiExpressway