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DECADE OF ACTION FOR ROAD SAFETY
Campaign to save 5 million lives this decade

Nearly 1.3 million people die every year on the world's roads, and up to 50 million are injured. Every day, around the world, 3,500 people leave home and never return because they have been suddenly, violently, killed in a road crash. The United Nations General Assembly has set the goal for the decade: "to stabilize and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world" by 2020. Millions of deaths could potentially be prevented as a result.

 

Click HERE for the Decade Of Action website or HERE to follow the Decade Of Action Facebook page.

 

How are we doing in Ireland?

Provisional road casualty figures for 2011 published Sunday 1st January 2012, show that road deaths have fallen below 200 for the first time since road deaths have been recorded in 1959. Deaths have also fallen for their sixth consecutive year and this is the fourth year in a row where deaths have been a record low. A total of 186 people tragically lost their lives on the road in 2011. This is 26 fewer fatalities compared to 212 deaths last year  (14% decrease) and 52 fewer deaths compared to 2009 when 238 people lost their lives on the roads. Since the Road Safety Strategy 2007 to 2012 was introduced in 2007 road deaths have dropped by 50%. When compared to the year before the introduction of the first ever road safety strategy in 1998, deaths have fallen by 59%.

trend in road fatalities 1959-2011 CLICK TO ENLARGE monthly downward trend in road fatalities CLICK TO ENLARGE

breakdown of road fatalities by type 2011 CLICK TO ENLARGE 70% of road fatalities in 2011 were male CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

TYRE SAFETY

They are the point of contact between your car and the road so its vitally important to ensure they are in good, safe condition. There are 3 important considerations when checking the safety of your tyres: tread depth, tyre pressure & tyre damage.

Tread Depth

minimum legal limitThe minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm, across the central 3/4 of the tyre.

How tyres wear:

how tyre grip decreases as tread depth wears

 

 

 

Tyre Pressure

different tyre pressures

Tyres should be inflated correctly (car manual will show the right pressure for your tyres). Driving on under-inflated tyres causes rapid shoulder wear, punctures and premature tyre failure. You can help to avoid punctures by checking your tyre pressure every month. Over-inflation may also result in un-expected vehicle handling and premature tyre wear. The patterns of tyre wear for different pressures can be seen on the right. Weather can affect the pressure requirements for your tyres. Overloading is likely to put excessive strain on tyres, which results in excessive over heating. This can lead to more rapid wear and a greater susceptibility to impact damage. All of this can contribute to premature tyre failure. Tyres are designed to withstand the demands that sustained high speed driving puts upon them. When your tyres are in good condition and are correctly inflated, they will withstand this heat build up at their maximum rated speeds. Maximum rated speeds and other information can be found on the tyre sidewall markings.

 

Tyre damage

Check tyres for damage e.g. bulges (the rubber becomes weaker and can blow-out), cuts/nicks in the tyre, embedded foreign objects (nails, screws, glass, sharp objects that may cause a puncture) and degrading rubber (old tyres).

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