Following on from my last post, did you know that tyres have a use-by date?
Researchers and experts agree that along with tread depth and proper tyre maintenance, tyre age is also crucial to safety on the road. It is reckoned that tyres should not be used if they are more than 6 years old.
Even though an old tyre may look as good as new and have deep treads, the inside layers will have been slowly decomposing and drying out, leaving it prone to failure and making it ‘a ticking time bomb’.
However you can check when your tyre was made, using the 4 digit code printed on the side of the tyre which indicates the week and year of manufacture . . .
This tyre was made in the 13th week of 2001, and is therefore more than 13 years old. If your tyre only has a 3 digit code then it was made in the 1990s and should be changed immediately.
The picture at the top of this post is my new tyre, replaced last week, which was made in the 15th week of this year
Next time you purchase tyres inspect them for the manufacturing date before you buy them.
As a precaution you may want to check the tyres currently on your car, especially the spare if you own an older car or a caravan or trailer which you might not use so often.
Do not risk driving on unsafe tyres. You have a legal and moral duty to maintain your safety and that of others.