With the year-end holidays approaching, it’s time to make sure that your car is in top-notch condition and ready for the road.
If you’re planning to hit the road with family or friends this holiday season, ensuring that your vehicle is safe to drive, no matter the distance, is of utmost importance. Here’s what you need to consider before starting your journey.
There’s nothing great about smooth tyres
Driving with worn or damaged tyres can significantly increase your odds of having an accident. Of all the different parts of your vehicle, tyres have direct contact with the road you’re travelling on. The quality of your car’s tyres and the grip that they provide makes all the difference when it comes to making sure that your journey is as safe as possible.
Your car’s tyres need to:
- Provide adequate traction and braking force
- Support the weight of your car
- Absorb road shocks
- Support directional steering.
Common problems to look out for when assessing your car’s tyres:
- Worn tyres
- Check the edges of your tyres and look out for worn out areas and insufficient tread. Tyres typically wear thin at the edges when they are too soft or have been under-inflated.
- If your tyres are worn on one side, this could mean that your car’s wheels may need to be realigned.
- If your tyres have worn near the centre, this could indicate that they have perhaps been over-inflated.
- Tyre pressure
- When the pressure in tyres is not optimal, there could be an air leak or puncture. These need to be attended to by vehicle garage professionals to assess whether a sufficient repair can be made.
- Irregularities: If you notice any patches of unevenness or bald spots on your tyres, it is likely that your shock absorbers or wheel balance needs to be assessed. Bulging tyres must be replaced for optimum driving safety.
Read more about when, why, and how to change a tyre.
A complete all-round check with Tiger Wheel & Tyre
Discovery Insure Vitality Drive clients have the benefit of being able to visit their nearest Tiger Wheel & Tyre for an Annual MultiPoint check.
The assessment ensures that your vehicle is roadworthy and ready for your next journey. Specialists will assess your car’s steering wheel, headlights, hooter, tyres, indicators, shocks, windscreen wipers and seatbelts. The assessment will also determine the overall condition of your car and cross-check for any irregularities or missing parts.
Not only are you making sure your car is safe to drive, you also increase your fuel rewards and earn Vitality Drive points. Read more about the assessment, fuel rewards and points you can earn.
Need new tyres? Fund a portion of your new tyres with your Excess Funder Account
Depending on your Vitality Drive status, you can fund up to 100% of your new tyres purchased at Tiger Wheel & Tyre using your Excess Funder Account.
Your Excess Funder Account is a designated account where you can have your fuel rewards doubled by having them paid into it. This account will accumulate rewards over time and you will then be able to use this amount to fund up to 100% of the invoice amount of your new tyres. You also qualify for up to 20% off Tiger Wheel & Tyre purchases, depending on your Vitality Drive status, making your new tyres even more affordable.
Learn more about the Tiger Wheel & Tyre rewards benefit.
Your phone can now talk to us if you can’t
With Discovery Insure’s panic button, your phone can talk to us if you find yourself in danger and need help fast. Press your Android smartphone’s power button at least five times in quick succession to alert us if you find yourself in an emergency situation. We’ll be able to track exactly where your vehicle is and send a response team to help.
Discovery Insure's Impact Alert sends help when you need it most
Wish you had the technology to call for help when you most need it? Discovery Insure’s Impact Alert feature can detect when you’ve been in an accident. If we can’t get hold of you immediately, we’ll send emergency assistance to your location, while our Vehicle panic button can be used to alert emergency services when you’re in your car and need help.
No matter how long ago you started driving, the safety principles always apply. The basics you get taught as a new driver will always be important. Don’t let bad habits form as you become more confident on the road.
As a working mother on-the-move, the last thing Fehmida Osman-Latib needed was to see the light of her car’s fuel gauge flashing at her. Luckily, Discovery Insure was on hand to help get her moving again.
As a parent, we’re sure you already know how much your kids can distract you – be it during a serious conversation with your bestie, or while you’re hastily trying to wrap up making dinner. The most dangerous of these distractions, however, is while you’re driving.