Learn how to identify the age of your car tyres.
Can you recall how old your car tyres are?
For many people, knowing how old your tyres are can be difficult. Fortunately, there is a simple way to work out how old your car tyres are. The age of your tyres can be found by looking at the build date number on the sidewall of the tyre.
Put simply, the build date number is a four digit number that typically appears following the symbol DOT. The last four digits of the build date number indicate the week and year of production. For example, if the build date number on your tyre reads 1120, then the tyre was made in the 11th week of the year 2020.
You’ve located the build date number, now what?
Once you have located the build date number on each of your tyres, the next question is, “How old is too old?”. BestDrive recommends that any tyre that is 5 years of age, or older, should be inspected by a trusted professional at least once a year to ensure that it is still safe to drive on.
If your tyres are older than 10 years, regardless of their visual appearance, it’s time to buy new tyres. When looking at the age of your tyres, it is a good idea to read the build date number on each tyre, including the spare tyre, to ensure that all tyres are a suitable age. Whilst it is best to always fit your vehicle with 4 new tyres at the same time, this may not always be the case.
Your tyres are 5 years or older, what next?
It’s important to consider that your tyres are the singular point of contact between your car and the road. As a result, the age of your tyres (along with their condition), matters a great deal. Ensuring that your tyres are not too old greatly improves your on-road safety and vehicle performance.
If your tyres are 5 years old, or older, they will need to be thoroughly inspected by a professional each year. At your local BestDrive store, one of our qualified technicians can assess both the external and internal condition of your tyres. You can also inspect your tyres for signs of wear or damage yourself. How much mileage you achieve from your tyres is dependent on numerous factors, including your driving habits, road conditions, the temperature, and how well you maintain correct air pressure and alignment and rotation.
Is it time to buy new tyres?
Perhaps now is the time to buy new tyres for your family car, SUV or 4WD? If so, it’s important to give some consideration as to the kind of driving that you do to help you find the right tyres for your vehicle and driving needs.
When it comes to buying new tyres, whenever possible, it is advisable to avoid cheap tyres. For ultimate comfort, performance and safety, a set of quality tyres from a trusted brand are your best option. BestDrive stocks a great range of quality tyres, including Continental, Kumho and BFGoodrich. We also offer Openpay on tyre purchases, which means that you can manage the payment of a set of quality tyres over a period of 2, 3, 6 or 9 months, completely interest free.
If you are looking to buy new tyres or aren’t sure if your current tyres are too old, call into your local BestDrive store. Our friendly staff can assist you with assessing your existing tyres as well as provide you with trusted advice on a set of suitable replacement tyres.
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