In the frame of the International Recycling Day, the company Riteve announced the opening of a new permanent collecting point for the tire collection campaign that is developed along with Fundellantas and that it has the support from the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía (MINAE), Ministerio de Salud, Cemex, the Ecoin Program and the Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos (CFIA). The new collecting point is in the Station of Perez Zeledón.
“We are extremely excited to open this new collecting point since it will cover the south part of the country which was missing so that we could have options nationwide,” commented Jennifer Hidalgo, Assistant Manager of Communication and Social Responsibility at Riteve.
We now have 6 collecting points where the citizens can take the unused tires. Heredia, Cañas, Puntarenas, Guápiles, San Carlos and now Pérez Zeledón are the Riteve Stations where you can take your tires.
There is an Increase of Car Accidents When It Rains.
It seems that the rainy season has come and with it the risk of having an accident because of “aquaplaning” (also known as hydroplaning) which is when the tires loose adherence to the street due to a layer of water.
According to experts, when a vehicle is traveling in low speed and runs into water accumulation, the tires slide cutting the water flow but keeping contact with the surface. However, if the speed is higher, when the tire suddenly bursts the water it is accumulated in the front generating resistance and a kind of push that may cause skids. But in a case in which the speed is even higher (more than 70km/h) the water raises the tires stopping their grip to the surface which makes the driver loose completely control of the steering wheel and speed of the vehicle, this is aquaplaning.
“With the rains, the risk of accidents by hydroplaning, lack of visibility or any other element increase. That is why the importance of being prepared with the state of the car as well as with ourselves as drivers. For example, if worn tires are always already an enemy, they are definitely a russian roulette,” commented Jennifer Hidalgo, assistant manager of Communication and Social Responsibility at Riteve.
How to avoid it?
The good state of the tires as well as the suspension is very important since these elements of the steering system are responsible of keeping the tire in contact to the surface. In addition, it is important to guarantee visibility as much as possible with elements such as good windshields, windshields wipers and lights.
After checking that the car state is perfect, it is important to be a defensive driver and to lower the speed when it rains or there is still water on the roads.
“Driving at low speed and with visibility allow us to detect any obstacle on time so that we can avoid it. Also, the good state of the vehicle and a good driving technique help us overcome it with the least risk possible and avoiding hydroplaning,” explained Hidalgo.
How to react?
Nobody wants to hydroplaned, but if we have to face this situation, a car in good conditions (tires, suspension, etc.) and a good driving technique will definitely make a big difference between a scaring moment and a fatal accident,” added Hidalgo.
Experts explain that the biggest mistake when facing hydroplaning is to suddenly break or to steer the wheel since the vehicle could be abruptly sent to any direction. The best thing to do is to release the accelerator pedal and to hold tight the steering wheel until the tires get adherence to the street and start getting out of the water zone.
To keep calm, not to panic and to never lose sight of the road or close the eyes are crucial aspects in situations like this.
Due to the importance that the drivers and their vehicles are prepared for these situations during the rainy season, different messages with advice about vehicle maintenance and defensive driving will be posted on the social media of Riteve.
The Compliance was Better in the Year of the Pandemic
This week, Riteve released the data of the Vehicular Technical Inspection (VTI) Annual Report of 2020 in which it is stated; among other news, that less vehicles did not have the VTI by the end of year compared to previous periods and the quantity of vehicles that got the VTI approved in the first attempt increased.
By December 31st, 2020, 96.846 vehicles did not have the VTI approved while the figure was of 123.174 on the same date in 2019.
“Although the quantity of vehicles that omit this procedure is still worrying, it is important to highlight this decrease and the influence that the big amount of road controls could have had this year,” commented Jennifer Hidalgo, Assistant Manager of Communication and Social Responsibility of Riteve.
81.908 Tires Have Been Collected.
The continuous campaign of tire collection, that is done in the Riteve stations, made it possible to collect a total of 44.581 tires during 2020, which is the equivalent of more than 790 tons that will no longer represent a hazard to the health and the environment. These tires were co-processed to make alternative fuel which was accomplished to avoid the release of 1.643 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to the environment.
Ever since the campaign started in June of 2018, a total of 81.908 tires have been collected which have avoided approximately 3.140 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions after being managed correctly.
The objective of the campaign “Traveling Safe to Classes” is that parents, teachers, and drivers work together maximizing actions in favor of the little ones who travel by the school bus.
This initiative that Riteve promotes with the help of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT), the Consejo de Transporte Público (CTP) and the Policía de Tránsito provides a series of tools to the citizens to be aware of the vehicle state in which students travel to their schools.
Through a tutorial either on a video or a downloading diagram, a guide to check visual aspects that are very important to travel safe is facilitated.
“The idea with this guide is that parents, teacher and citizens in general go beyond that just hiring a school bus. It is prevailing that we first check that the service offered has all the law requirements and that coordinated routines are stablished with the driver to confirm that basic and important safety elements are in order,” explained Jennifer Hidalgo, Assistant Manager of Communication and SR of Riteve.
This week, Ritve announced that the online payment is now available. This new alternative allows the users to not only get the appointment online, but also to pay the service in the platform; furthermore, the user gets straight to the inspection area without the need of stop by the reception on the appointment day.
This initiative seeks to give the users fast, safe, and easy options, besides it is appropriated to decrease the risk of the contagion of Covid-19.
“We had been working on the online payment for a long time, but it turned out to be urgent with the pandemic of Covid-19; consequently, we expedited the pilot plan that was being developed and we gave green light to the implementation of this measure that we hope would be a benefit for our users. The accessibility of paying online decreases the physical interaction in the process and it also saves time”, explained Jennifer Hidalgo, Assistant Manager of Communication and SR of Riteve.
The platform is available in our web page www.rtv.co.cr for the inspection and the reinspection in all the fixed stations of the country and practically for all types of vehicles. The only requirement for the option to be activated is that the inspection process and billing had been done before. “The only cases that are not included yet in this phase are the vehicles that do the inspection under the modality of the MAG card and the mobile stations. However, both cases could be incorporated in the next phase”, added the spokeswoman.
The procedure is very simple and agile, once the appointment is ready on www.rtv.co.cr, the system itself will offer the option of paying only by filling out the credit or debit card information. If you decide to make the payment, the next step is to get straight to the inspection lines at the hour scheduled with the allowed range of 15 minutes before or after.
If for any reason you do not make the online payment, there is no problem, the appointment is still scheduled, and you must stop by the reception for the conventional billing and payment process.
When doing the process online, what is applied in the user´s card is a floating amount (preauthorization) that is effective as well as the billing when the client gets into the inspection. If the client does not get into the inspection, the system itself releases the amount immediately. The release of the floating amount is reflected in the client´s account in the period stablished in the bank policies.
“We are convinced that this new alternative will be a benefit for the users, in terms of time and comfort as well as security”, concluded Hidalgo.