How to Check the Age of a Tyre

By David Sholicar

17% of motorists know how to find the age of their tyres or when to change them? Tyre age is important, because the performance deteriorates as tyres age, which can cause road handling and safety issues.

Age of Tyre

Tyres are manufactured to contain anti-oxidising chemicals - a wax like substance that will slow the rate of ageing, but this is only released when the tyres are actually in use. Think of an old rubber band and the way the rubber cracks as you stretch it - that's what happens as your tyres age.

How long does a tyre last?

There are no hard and fast rules on this, with some manufacturers recommending you replace tyres after 6 years, regardless of the tread. Others claim a tyre can have a 10 year lifespan, but will need checking after 5 years. Heat, storage and daily usage can all affect the ageing pattern of your tyres. For example, a spare tyre that has been kept in the vehicle may be exposed to heat and dirt in a way that a tyre kept in a garage is not.

Signs of ageing

Your tyres will usually wear out before they show signs of ageing. However, if you drive less than the UK average of 8,000 miles a year, then your tyres may become unsafe as they sit in the garage. Tyres can naturally degrade with exposure to UV rays and rain. Ageing damage is more common with vehicles like caravans and trailers that are only used infrequently.
To determine whether your tyres have suffered ageing damage:
- Check the sidewalls for signs of cracking and crazing, especially if your tyres are 4 to 5 years old and the car is normally kept outside
- Check for deformation of the tread, as this can indicate ageing
- Book a free tyre check with Protyre
Just because you've done the 20p test and your car tyres have plenty of tread, doesn't mean that they haven't suffered age related damage. Visually inspect your tyres once a month.

How do I know how old my tyres are?

All the information you need to find out the age of your tyres is located on the tyre sidewall. Look for the letters DOT then a number code. This production code will tell you the age of your car tyre: the first pair of numbers are the week of manufacture and the second pair are the year.
    Example: 2314 = 23rd week of 2014
- Tyres manufactured after 2000 have a 4 digit code
- Tyres manufactured before 2000 have a 3 digit code and should be replaced immediately
- If your tyres are more than 5 years old, consider replacing them

Replace your tyres

Tyres that show signs of ageing can be dangerous, so it makes sense to replace them, however good the tread. Always check the production code on new tyres, to ensure they haven't been stored for some time and never buy used tyres, however good the depth of tread.

We Can Help You Choose The Right Tyre

Tyres are essential for keeping your car safe and performing at its best, but with so many options out there, it can be tough to know where to start. That's where our informative articles come in – we're here to help you navigate the world of tyres and make the best choice for your specific needs.

Whether you're considering upgrading to Premium car tyres for enhanced driving dynamics, run flat car tyres for added peace of mind, or trying to decide between summer car tyres and winter car tyres, Protyre can help. Our articles have got you covered with a wide range of tyre-related topics to help you make informed decisions.

The brand you choose matters too. We offer recommendations for trusted names such as BF Goodrich tyres, Bridgestone tyres, Continental tyres, Dunlop tyres, Falken tyres, General tyres, Goodyear tyres, GT Radial tyres , Hankook tyres, Michelin tyres, Pirelli tyres, Runway tyres, Sumitomo tyres, and Toyo tyres. But our articles don't just focus on choosing the right tyres – we also offer practical advice for maintaining them. From simple tips like checking your tread depth and keeping your tyres inflated to the proper pressure, to more advanced topics like extending tyre life through regular rotation and balancing - we've got you covered!
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By David Sholicar
David is the National Retail Operations Manager for Protyre. One of David’s areas of responsibility and expertise is dealing with the DVSA and MOT’s for Protyre. As the Authorised Examiner Designate Manager ( AEDM ) David deals with applications for changes to the many Vehicle Testing Stations ( VTS’s) including managing the growth of the Number of MOT testing stations that Protyre operate, allocating MOT tester roles, and monitoring the MOT Test logs to ensure that Protyre MOT standards are maintained as the best in the industry.
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