Contributing factors to to these high crash statistics include:
Overloading: When a vehicle is overloaded, and the seating capacity exceeded, all occupants are placed at risk. Not only is the stopping power of the vehicle dramatically reduced, but the center of gravity may be altered, making the vehicle less controllable under certain conditions.
Blown Tyre: The condition of a tyre is related to its physical performance and over all integrity. A tyre demands a daily inspection to ensure there are no breakes or tears, which could result in a blow out at relatively low speeds.
Faulty lights: The vehicle lights allow fellow road user one's current and desired movements whilst driving. They serve as a means of understanding fellow road users movements and may give warnings of dangers ahead as experienced by other motorists.
Faulty Brakes: When the stopping power of a vehicle is reduced due to mechanical errors in the braking system, the potential for collisions at both high and low speeds is exponentially increased.
It is worthwhile to remember that the link between the driver and the braking system is the most important part of the brake pedal.
Worn tread: The tread on a tyre aids in the disruption of water from the road -and tyre surface during wet conditions. The tread on a tyre helps to create the surface area required for the tyre to contact the road, and thus relates to the ability to maneuver the tyre across a broad spectrum of retain and weather conditions.
- Towards a safer minbus taxi industry in South Africa.