As the end of summer approaches, we thought we would offer you some timely advice from Continental about making sure you are storing your winter tyres in the the most favourable conditions.
Tyres can change their physical properties if they are not properly maintained and this can lead to a shorter service life. They can even deteriorate to the extent that they become unusable.
Correctly stored and handled tyres will retain their properties and remain virtually unchanged for several years.
Storage in the open air, even under a protective covering, is not permitted.
A store room for tyres and inner tubes should be cool, dry and dark and should be moderately, well ventilated.
Storage temperature must not exceed normal room temperature. In heated rooms the tyres must be shielded from the heat source.
The tyres must be protected from direct sunlight and continuous changes of air. As ozone is particularly damaging, store rooms must not contain any devices that generate ozone.
Solvents, fuels, lubricants and chemicals should not be kept in tyre store rooms or come into contact with tyres.
Ensure that tyres are not stored under tension or external pressure to avoid cracks.
Denna Bowman, Head Office