Waitaki District Council road safety co-ordinator Jason Evered. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2021 and hello 2022. Let’s hope for lots of good, positive change this year.

What am I hoping for?

I’m hoping for a little more certainty than we have had for the past couple of years.

It would be great to plan and prepare for road safety events, knowing they will go ahead. For the past couple of years, I have worked with groups, schools, and other agencies to put on a great event, only to see it cancelled.

Most of these events are put on by volunteer groups, who just want to keep us all as safe as possible on our roads.

However, we don’t have to rely on others. We can all do something. It’s not difficult and can be very easy to do.

One simple thing is when you go to a petrol station to fill up, instead of poking your finger in your ear or staring at your shoes, give your tyres a quick visual check. If something doesn’t look right or it looks as bald as granddad’s head, get a professional to check them out for you.

Look at the palm of your hand. Go on, stop and look at all those grooves. They all help you hold on to something. Do you ever think that your car is attached to the road in four corners by your tyres and the size of a normal person’s palm is the size of the tyre touching the road?

If you are lucky, when you have stopped you can look at the wall of your tyres and see a small triangle. This triangle is called the Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) and if you now look across the top of the tyre you should see some raised rubber between the grooves. If this raised rubber is level with your tread, you should be thinking of new tyres.

Stop and look . . . The triangle or TWI (tread wear indicator) marking appears on the side of the tyre. When the tread of the tyre is worn down to the level of the indicator, you should be thinking of new tyres. PHOTO: REBECCA RYAN

Why do you need tread? You see Lewis Hamilton going super-fast and his tyres are smoother than granddad’s head.

Well firstly, a road is not a racetrack and tread helps you when the road is wet and allows your tyres to grip to the road. Simply, no tread equals no grip in the wet.

Remember it isn’t just you in a car. We often carry our most precious cargo, in friends and family. Are you happy those four palms have enough tread to keep you safe on the road?

So next, who wears glasses? How many times a day do you clean the glasses? Do they need a clean now so you can read a great article in the Oamaru Mail

While your fuel is going into your car, wash and wipe your windscreen and check the washer fluid level. How are you going to see what is coming if you can’t see out of your windscreen? Don’t forget to clean your driver and passenger windows and mirrors.

Thanks for reading, have a great and safe 2022 everyone, and drive safer, Waitaki.

Jason Evered is the Waitaki District Council road safety co-ordinator