Tyre Safety and Maintenance Tips for ‘Balik Kampung’ by MIROS

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Tyre Safety and Maintenance Tips

For our international readers, ‘balik kampung’ means going back to hometown. This happens everytime when there is holiday, usually for Aidilfitri, which is coming this 30 or 31 August.

This tyre safety and maintenance tips is compiled by MIROS (Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research) specifically to motorcycle and scooter and being given away to me while I was driving for ‘balik kampung’. Two-wheels rider are 15 times much more likely to involved in accident and I think this guide is a good thing by MIROS. It is written in Malay language, but lets just translate it to English for the sake of all readers. So, here goes:

Tyre Maintenance Guide:

1. Always check the tyre pressure once a week or much more frequent if the tyre is used for long distance riding daily.

2. Use pressure gauge to check the tyre pressure on cold condition.

3. Do not use worn tyres.

4. Do not ride with excessive weight limit as stated by the tyre sidewall. (Refer to Table A).

5. Follow the speed limit on the road and apply safe riding skill.

How to Read Tyre Information on the Sidewall, Table A and Table B (click to enlarge)

Tyre Buying Guide:

1. Make sure the tyre purchased have the MS or E label.

2. Change the tyre when the tread touched the warning zone ‘Tread Wear Indicator'(TWI).

Tread Wear Indicator

3. Tyre need to be replaced if:

i) cracked

ii) uneven wear

iii) bump on the tread or sidewall

4. Good tyre choice are important for your safety, comfort, handling and economy. (size, load index and speed rating)

Note: I wish you all have a safe journey. Be careful and think of your loved ones!

Happy holidays and SELAMAT HARI RAYA!

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