Michelin tyres training instructor Nigel Williams has spent two weeks giving potentially life-saving lessons on tyres safety in Zambia.
Road deaths are one of the country’s greatest causes of death and simple tyres maintenance could help to reduce the fatalities, according to international development charity Transaid.
During his assignment Nigel, 35, from Uttoxeter, gave vital tyre related driver safety training at Industrial Training Centre Trust (ITCT) in the Zambian capital, Lusaka.
He said: ‘After HIV/AIDS and malaria, the next biggest killer in Zambia are road deaths and the second leading cause of death for people aged between five and 20-years-old, with devastating impacts on families and communities.
‘Zambia is a landlocked country that is completely reliant on overland goods distribution but lacks a sustainable, efficient and accessible transport infrastructure, which in turn has a serious impact on basic trade and business.
‘By sharing technical skills and knowledge from Michelin and Transaid, we are helping Zambia’s professional drivers tackle this by becoming safer.’
Michelin is a founder member of Transaid, which enjoys the patronage of HRH The Princess Royal, and is committed to improving worldwide mobility and road safety.
Nigel added: ‘No matter where you are in the world, daily tyre pressure checks and inspections are a vital part of road safety.
‘Transaid asked me to spend quality time briefing the three full-time ITCT trainers and automotive engineering lecturers in Lusaka on detailed tyre management and best practices.’
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