The Malaysian Government is ramping up a campaign to break the pandemic chain as citizens are required to wear masks when outdoors and register at premises with apps, effective 1 August. Failure to follow suit the so-called SOPs (standard operating protocols) would result in an RM1,000 fine or imprisonment. Wherever you go, there are signs that read Stay Safe to remind folks to take necessary precautions from getting affected or risk affecting others. Social distancing is very much enforced at eateries and pretty much all public spots.
All Auto showrooms in the country have to abide by the mandatory SOPs when serving customers. The SOPs require everyone to check in, record temperature and wear a mask. In addition, a limited number of customers are allowed at any given time. Sales persons and test drive cars are required to adhere to SOPs as well.
With Malaysians starting to go vacationing after the long lockdown, motorists need to make sure their vehicles are in top shape. Most people are traveling local rather than International, for the time being. This means a more cost effective and self-reliant option of driving their families on a break to home towns or popular travel destinations within the country.
This article talks about the most important part of a vehicle, the tyre. While we’re all keen to get away from it all and enjoy a change of scenery, There is a need to remind drivers about more tyre-related incidents on the roads. As many vehicles have been parked, unattended for longer periods than usual this year, there’s a potential for those incidents to increase in number.
To reduce the risks of an inconvenient, or worse, interruption to a family-getaway, drivers are being urged to carry out some straightforward checks before they even begin to pack. That’s because one of the most forgotten tyre checks is to take a look at the spare wheel, if indeed the car has one. It’s increasingly rare for a full-size spare wheel to be sold with the car when new, instead ‘space-saver’ and emergency repair kits are far more common. Before you pack for a vacation, it is advisable to look for a spare wheel and if you don’t see one, find out how to use what is there in your car boot.
Stay Safe, Tyre Safe
When it comes to tyres, remember the three letters ACT, which denotes Air Pressure, Condition of tyres and Tread depth. First, let’s dive into air pressure, air pressure of each tyre should also be checked using an accurate gauge. Typically, car manufacturers recommend two different pressures, one for light loads and another for when the vehicle is fully laden. It’s essential that drivers adjust the pressures to accommodate the load they are carrying. These settings are found in the vehicle handbook and often in the vehicle’s fuel filler cap or door sill.
Next, checking the condition of tyres is essential. Tyres harden more quickly when left unused on a vehicle and as so many cars have been parked up for many months, there might well be the risk of that ‘ageing process’ causing the tyres to crack. Where this is seen, or if there are any objects embedded in the tyres or bulges, you should bring it to a tyre workshop mmediately.
The final important check for tyres is tread depth inspection. A minimum tread depth of 1.6 mm is ideal for each tyre. Ideally an accurate tread depth gauge should be used but if this is not available, a 50 cents coin is good to measure the depth. Insert the coin into the main sections of the tyre and at various points around the circumference of the tyre. If you could see the numbers clearly, then it’s about time to replace the tyre as it is already near exhaustion.
Be sure to Stay safe and Tyre Safe for any vacation drives and remember to observe speed limits on the road.