Continental’s safety tips for motorists getting back behind the wheelin the Middle East
‘Moving Forward’ – Premium German tyre brand shares advice for car owners gearing up for post-Covid 19 lockdown driving
Middle East, June 02, 2020 – As many motorists across the Middle East consider taking to the roads, with national lockdowns being eased or set to be eased in the coming weeks, Continental is providing some important safety tips for motorists looking to ensure their car is in tip-top condition as it returns to action.
The guidance is shared in line with Continental’s Vision Zero strategy, a major road safety project that is targeting zero fatalities, zero injuries and zero accidents on the world’s roads. Using its vast experience in the field of automotive safety, the premium German tyre and technology brand’s ‘Moving Forward’ campaign encourages car owners across the region to take the necessary steps needed for a safe and enjoyable return to the road, including:
Tyre Inspection: Leaving a car unused for extended periods can lead to unexpected issues. For example, the tyres might develop flat spots because of the weight of the vehicle pressing down on them. It is important to keep the tyres properly inflated at all times, and to inspect them carefully before heading back out on the road – visible issues such as bulges, cracks or blisters may be spotted, and require immediate attention.
Tyre Pressure: In normal circumstances, tyre pressures should be checked regularly (every two-four weeks). Before returning to the roads, Continental recommends that drivers check the tyre pressure on their car. If pressures are too high or too low, this can cause a range of potentially dangerous issues, including overheating and loss of traction. Recommended tyre pressures can normally be found on the driver’s door post.
Battery Check: While cars have been parked up, the batteries haven’t been activated and may lose their charge. Before hitting the roads, Continental recommends switching on the engine and moving the car around a little first. If you have trouble starting, you may need to replace the battery with a new one
Brakes: With a lack of movement, brakes may be at risk of degradation. Upon starting the car, it should be moved around a little to check the brakes. If the brakes are squeaky, it’s time to change them. As always, if the car is likely to remain unused for a prolonged period of time it should nevertheless be moved regularly to ensure the brakes operate correctly.
Levels check: One of the most important aspects of car care is maintaining the right fluid and lubricant levels. As a precautionary measure before driving, it’s important to check that the engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid and coolant are at the right level. A lack of movement can lead to certain components degrading, in turn causing spills and leaks. Ensuring levels are correct will help prevent potentially dangerous engine failure, brake failure or even transmission failure.
Wipers: While stationary, dirt may build up around the windscreen wipers, potentially damaging them and reducing their effectiveness when used. It is a good idea to not only clean the wipers, but also the windscreen and paintwork to ensure the car remains in good condition for when it is used again.
Spare tyre: As life gradually returns to normal, drivers should also give their spare tyre a check-up for any damage or air pressure loss. A spare tyre will always come in handy in the event of an emergency.
Continental will be launching the campaign on its regional social media platforms starting June 7th. Motorists can learn more about road safety by visiting continental.com/media-center
As part of its “Moving Forward” safety campaign, Continental has collaborated with well-known Middle East automotive authority Mr Mawater to create an informative safety video for all car owners across the region. This short video, found here, is available for you to download and use immediately, copyright-free across your platforms.
Mr Mawater, is a popular Middle East automotive authority who specializes in automotive reviews and test drives. He has worked with many of the leading automotive manufacturers in the region and can be found on YouTube and Instagram.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2019, Continental generated sales of €44.5 billion and currently employs about 240,000 people in 59 countries and markets.
The Tyres business area has 24 production and development locations worldwide. Continental is one of the leading tyre manufacturers with more than 56,000 employees and posted sales of €11.7 billion in 2019 in this business area. Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tyre production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial and special vehicles, as well as two-wheelers. Through continuous investment in research & development, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The portfolio of the Tyres business area includes services for the tyre trade and fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tyres.