The Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service has cautioned drivers against fidgeting and making frantic moves to pull up if their tyres should blow up while driving.
According to the MTTD, any erroneous move in such situations can lead to fatal accidents.
The caution follows the death of some six persons on Sunday, February 2 on the Accra-Tema Motorway after one of the tyres of the sprinter bus they were traveling in burst causing the driver to lose control of the car.
The sprinter bus ran into a saloon car in the process, causing it to skid off the road and somersault.
Aside from the six victims who died instantly, several others sustained various degrees of injuries.
In an interview with Accra-based Joy FM, the Director of Education and Research at the MTTD, Alexander Obeng, advised that drivers must at all times ensure their vehicles are not running on worn-out tyre to avoid a situation where they may get burst on the road.
“Tyres should be a safe tyre and a safe per our safety requirements is a tyre that is not manufactured for more than four years by the tyre manufacturer and to know that the tyre is not old, the date of manufacture is embossed on the tyre,” he said.
How to check the date of manufacture
“The date of manufacture is numbered in weeks and years; every year has 52 weeks. So if a tyre is manufactured today. A tyre manufactured anywhere in the world by any tyre manufacturing plant will emboss the date,” he indicated.
DSP Obeng however professed the following tips to save the lives of drivers and those of others should their tyres accidentally blow up.
- Have full grip of the steering wheel and manoeuver your way gently; don’t panic
- Take your leg off the accelerator
- Don’t just apply mechanical hand brake when you are on speed and your tyre is also burst. When you do that you will roll over and die quickly.
- Don’t apply the brakes and just allow the engine to run to a halt.