How old are your tyres?
Posted by: Cal on 4/07/2013
If someone asked you if you know how old your car's tyres were, would you be able to answer them correctly?
You aren't alone if you replied no - a recent survey from British retailer Kwik Fit suggests that only 17 per cent of people driving on UK roads know the correct age of their tyres.
But this could be creating problems on the road for you and for others, as driving on old tyres can be dangerous - and downright illegal if your tread depth is below the set limit of 1.6 mm. The tread depth of tyres is crucial to your ability to handle corners safely and to stop.
The survey revealed that more than half (59 per cent) of drivers didn't know that the information about when their tyres were manufactured was printed right on each tyre. You can then use this date to determine how old each one is - and when it is time to replace it.
Any tyre that is more than five years old may need to be replaced - even if it has not been worn down past the legal limit, said Kwik Fit communications director Roger Griggs.
"Tyres contain anti-oxidising chemicals to slow down the rate of ageing, but the tyres need to be in use for these to be effective," he said.
This means that if you change your tyres seasonally, or if you tend to drive only once in awhile, you might be more likely to have age-related problems with your tyres.
"Low mileage, older cars tend to be most at risk from premature ageing - as their owners assume there is no problem if they can still see plenty of tread," said Mr Griggs.
Keeping tabs on the general wear and tear of your tyres is an essential part of tyre maintenance, and can help you ensure you have a hassle-free experience on the road. If you are in doubt of where to look, take the time and ask for help - it could be a measure that keeps you much safer in the long run.
At Tyreright, we recommend starting your search for new tyres when your tread depth gets to approximately 3mm - don't wait until the tread wears down to 1.6 mm to make your next tyre purchase! In comparison, most new tyres sold in Australia have a tread depth of 8mm. We also offer a replacement reminder service - which takes all the hassle out of remembering to switch out your tyres!