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Reading Tyre Age

Accurately reading the date of manufacture on a tyre is essential for understanding the age of your tyres, which ultimately impacts upon the performance and safety of your vehicle.

Tyres degrade as they age. The rate of tyre degradation is influenced by several factors including frequency of use, driver habits, storage and exposure to the elements. Whilst there is no standard rule that states when a tyre becomes too old to be considered safe, once they are more than five years old, you will need to closely monitor their condition. This should include an annual inspection by the professionals at your nearest BestDrive store.

Checking when your tyres were manufactured involves locating the four digit build date number, which can be located on the sidewall of all tyres. This four digit number typically appears following the symbol DOT. Here is an example of a typical DOT code. The last four digits indicate the week and year of production.
The first two digits of the four digit code represent the week of production during the year (from 1 to 52) and the second two digits represent the year of manufacture. For example, 3215 would mean that the tyre was made in the 32nd week of the year 2015.

When assessing the build date of your vehicle’s tyres, remember to also assess the spare tyre. If you have a caravan or trailer, these tyres must also be examined.

Regardless of their appearance, once tyres reach ten years of age, it is highly recommended that they be replaced.
Read more on the risks of driving on older tyres: risks associated with using older tyres.

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