How to check when your tyres were manufactured

Your tyres are the only contact between you and the road; therefore, it is vital to make sure they are legal. You should get into the routine of regularly checking your tyres' tread, wear and tear and air pressure. You can also check how old your tyres are to give an indication of how worn they might be.


This is important to know, as their performance diminishes with age - even if they look good when you check them, they could be unroadworthy. Tyres contain anti-oxidising chemicals that slow down the ageing process; however, this is only effective if they are being used. If they are being stored - such as a spare tyre - or used on a car with very low mileage, the ageing process can be speeded up and make these tyres unfit for purpose. It is very important to have good tyres because poor ones can reduce your car's performance, increase your stopping distance, increase the risk of skidding, increase fuel consumption, and increase CO2 emissions.

The date your tyres were made is stamped on the sidewall, much like a sell-by date on food packaging. You will see four numbers and the letters DOT. These numbers are the week and year of manufacture; for example, 1615 will be week 16, year 2015. You should check this for both your existing tyres and when you buy new to make sure you are getting the ones with the longest shelf life.


You should check the air pressure in your tyres every couple of weeks, making this an ideal opportunity to look for any signs of ageing and to check the tread. They also need to be roadworthy as part of your MOT inspection. 

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If your tyres appear to be wearing or you have any doubts, you can get a free check at your local Protyre garage.

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A full service should be carried out every 12 months or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. Your car manual will also have advice on car servicing intervals. It makes sense to book your car in for a pre-MOT inspection; however, should your car fail, you can get free MOT retests or reduced fees if you return to the same test centre by the end of the next working day for partial MOT retests on many parts. You can also get partial MOT retests if the vehicle is repaired and returned to the same test centre within 10 working days.
 

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