Tyres are something most of us take for granted – yet they are vital to the operation and safety of your car.
We are always urging drivers to check their tread depth and tyre pressure, but there is an equally important test that is often overlooked when determining how safe your tyres are – that is checking how old they are.
Even if your tyres look good on the outside there is a powerful argument that tyres over the age of five or six could be suffering highly dangerous degradation on the inside which could lead to serious accidents.
Just days before Christmas, two people were killed in a wreck in the US when they suffered a tyre blow out – the tread looked normal, but it turned out the tyre was 13 years old and rotting.
You can tell how old your tyres are by checking the DOT stamp which appears on the sidewall.
Look for the letters DOT and they will be followed by a series of numbers. The last four digits show when the tyre was made.
You should always check the DOT stamp if you buy used tyres so you know for sure how old they are.
Oliver Hall, Operations Team