What is Vision Zero?

Evolving from best in braking to zero fatalities, zero injuries and zero accidents.

As one of the biggest safety experts worldwide, Continental has set itself an ambitious goal to be reached in three successive stages: evolving from best in braking to zero fatalities, zero injuries and zero accidents. And for good reasons. Only Continental knows the entire braking process in every detail – from pedal to tyre.

Road safety begins where the tyres touch the ground. Renown for outstanding tyre expertise, Continental has been improving worldwide road safety for over a century. Therefore, we want to inform as many drivers as possible about the safety benefits of using high-tech tyres inflated to the correct pressure and with adequate tread depth.

Apart from its innovative tyre products, the Continental Automotive Group already developed game-changing technologies that can be found in most modern cars nowadays: ABS, ESC and EBA, just to name a few. And this is only the beginning. With the ongoing rise of the intelligent car, there is more potential than ever to reach Vision Zero.

Continental is proud to provide holistic expertise in the key technologies for more road safety – paving the way to Vision Zero.

Continental has been a pioneer in road safety for more than 140 years. Today, the company takes this claim to the next level: With Vision Zero.

Continental has been a pioneer in road safety for more than 140 years. Today, the company takes this claim to the next level: With Vision Zero.

Our Contribution.

THE ENTIRE CONTINENTAL PRODUCT RANGE IS CONTINUOUSLY BEING OPTIMISED TO ENSURE BOTH MAXIMUM SAFETY AND PERFORMANCE.

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    Tyre

    Creating the safest and most reliable tyres.

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    Automotive

    Holistic state-of-the-art expertise from brake pedal to tyre.

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    Driver

    Knowledge, attitude and awareness through professional driver‘s education, for example.

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    Infrastructure

    Improving driving conditions by consulting with communities and infrastructure planners.

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the distance our test drivers have circled the globe.

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The Facts

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Accident rates are highest in December.

Road traffic accidents constitute

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of all injury related deaths in Africa.

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Human error is attributed to be the most common cause of accidents worldwide.

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In many North African countries, road traffic accidents account for more than half of injury-related deaths.

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road deaths nationwide could be prevented through increased vehicle safety and driver awareness.
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road deaths nationwide could be prevented through increased vehicle safety and driver awareness.

Tyre Safety

How often do people check their tyre pressure?

check tyre pressure when refuelling 20%
check twice a year 25%
women stated they don‘t check tyre pressure at all 31%
drivers under 35 don‘t check tyre pressure at all 35%

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Aging
Quality
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Wear
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Although checking your tyres regularly is the best way to determine whether your car tyre pressure is what it should be and that your tread is within the legal limit, you should also pay some attention to the age of your tyres.Heat, ozone and sunlight can all cause the rubber in your tyres to deteriorate and this can lead to tyre failure. Don't forget to also check the spare tyre for signs of damage. If you are not sure whether your tyres fit the standard, make sure you consult an expert for some reputable advice.
By selecting premium tyres, you can actually improve your fuel efficiency. If you were to buy a quality, premium tyre, you could be looking to save the price of two or three tanks of fuel a year. Premium tires are also much safer and offer better performance than budget tyres.
With low tyre pressure, the tread or grooves get shut, or the gaps between the groove or tread become less and do not deliver optimum water discharge. As a result, the vehicle becomes more susceptible to aquaplaning.
The legal minimum tread depth for cars in South Africa is 1mm throughout a continuous band comprising the central three-quarters of breadth of the tread and around its entire outer circumference.In wet weather tyre tread grooves help to remove water from the contact patch between your tyres and the road surface meaning your car can brake, steer and accelerate properly.Without adequate tread depth your tyres may not be able to perform properly in wet conditions, reducing your safety on the road. It is therefore advisable to consider replacing your tyres well before they reach the legal minimum.
Tyre speed rating is based on minimum standards for reaching and sustaining a specified speed. In general, a higher speed rating results in better car handling. There are two key warnings to be aware of when it comes to tyre speed rating.It is both illegal and dangerous to drive with tyres that are lower than the recommended speed rating. This can result in poor handling and unpredictable steering. There is no problem installing a higher speed rated tyre on your vehicle – this can improve cornering response.

Use the slider above to learn more facts about tyres.

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Tyres are the key driver for overall driving performance.

IF YOU COMPARE AN OLD CAR WITH PREMIUM TYRES AND A FULLY EQUIPPED NEW CAR WITH LOW-BUDGET TYRES, THE DRIVING BEHAVIOUR OF THE OLD CAR WILL BE MUCH MORE RELIABLE. MODERN ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAMMES ARE NOT ABLE TO COMPENSATE FOR THE LARGE DEVELOPMENT GAP.

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  • Tyres
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Comfort

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  • Tyres
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Efficiency

Tyres are a critical factor in overall vehicle safety.

WHEN IT COMES TO STEERING PRECISION, TYRES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROXIMATELY HALF OF THE OVERALL PERFORMANCE.

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Steering Precision
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Driving Stability
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Aquaplaning
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Traction in Wet Conditions
Approximately
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% of drivers don't know their tread depth.

In what condition are the tyres you’re currently driving on?

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In what condition are the tyres you’re currently driving on?

Legal limit for tread depth.

WITH A TREAD DEPTH LESS THAN 3–4 MM, THE DRAINAGE CAPABILITY OF YOUR TYRES DECREASES DRAMATICALLY, CAUSING CRASHES IN WET CONDITIONS AND AQUAPLANING.

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Most common accident causes due to worn tyres:

Risk 1

With a tread depth less than 3–4 mm, the drainage capability of your tyres decreases dramatically, causing crashes in wet conditions and aquaplaning.

Risk 2

Dramatic decrease of safety on wintry roads due to less grip.

Risk 3

Low grip leading to unstable poor driving experience, even sudden loss of contact.

Risk 4

Badly worn tyres increases the risk of tyre failure, which can lead to fatal accidents.

How much of your tyre is in contact with the road?

A SUFFICIENT TREAD DEPTH IS THE BASIS FOR SAFE DRIVING. WORN TYRES RESULT IN REDUCTION OF TYRE CONTACT DURING AQUAPLANING, WHICH IS ALREADY AS SMALL AS A POSTCARD UNDER NORMAL CONDITIONS.

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New Tyre - 8mm

Tyre is able to disperse water effectively.

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Worn Tyre - 3mm

Ability of tyre to disperse water is minimal.

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Worn Tyre - 1.6mm

Tyre can no longer disperse water.

Downloads

Download the Vision Zero infographics.

CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE VISION ZERO INFOGRAPHICS AS PDF FILES.

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