Do tyres age?
Whilst we are all aware that tyres will eventually wear out and require replacement, have you ever wondered - do tyres age?
In short, the answer is yes - tyres do age. Once a tyre is 5 years of age, it should be thoroughly inspected at least once a year by a technician at your local BestDrive store. A tyre that is 10 years old, regardless of its condition, is best replaced. This applies to your spare tyre as well.
Why does tyre age matter?
Put simply, your tyres are the singular point of contact between your car and the road. Their age and condition therefore, matter greatly. A quality tyre that is well-maintained will provide you with a safe, efficient and comfortable driving experience.
How do I know the age of my tyres?
You can find out the age of your tyres by locating the build date number on the sidewall of the tyre. This is represented by a four digit build date. These digits indicate the week and year of production. For example, 2117 would mean that the tyre was made in the 21st week of the year 2017.
How can I get the most out of my tyres?
How much mileage you can expect from a tyre depends on a combination of factors. If you take good care of your tyres you can increase their longevity. Contributing factors that need to be considered include:
- Driving habits: improper driving habits such as speeding, quick starts and emergency braking will all shorten the life of your tyres. Whilst not always avoidable, you should keep these factors in mind and consult a professional if you notice a change in handling, a noise or vibration.
- Road conditions: potholes, speed bumps and frequent driving on rough terrain will all have an impact on tyre longevity. Again, if you experience a change in handling, a noise or vibration, consult a professional.
- Temperature: the air pressure in your tyres can be affected by the temperature. An increase in temperature will artificially inflate your tyres while a decrease in temperature will begin to deflate them.
- Air pressure: regularly checking and maintaining the correct air pressure is one of the simplest ways to extend the life of your tyres. It aims to avoid premature tyre wear, whilst also enhancing performance and decreases fuel costs.
- Alignment and Rotation: manufacturers recommend that you rotate your tyres at least every 10,000kms, or every 6 months, whichever comes first. It assists in achieving uniform wear and maximises the tread life of your tyres. When done in conjunction with a wheel alignment, you can feel confident that you are maximising the life of your tyres.
- Loading: avoid improper loading or overloading your car as this will have a negative impact on your tyres. Make sure that the weight in your vehicle is evenly dispersed and does not exceed the load index of your tyres. Remove unnecessary weight from your car whenever possible.
What do I look for when I inspect my tyres?
Conduct a visual inspection of your tyres each month to ensure that they are safe and performing at their best. Some forms of tyre wear can be obvious, while others are not. As a result, it is always good to have the professionals at your local BestDrive store assess your tyres for you if you are ever unsure and once your tyres are 5 years old.
Check your tyres for correct inflation, even tread wear and search for any visual signs of tyre damage. Visual damage may include perforations caused by objects such as stones or nails, as well as cuts, tears and bulges.
When you take the time to properly care for and maintain your tyres, you can feel assured that you are getting the most out of them. However, the age of your car tyres is a factor and ultimately replacement will become necessary.
The experts at your local BestDrive store can discuss with you and recommend new tyres to suit your vehicle and driving habits. We supply and fit a great range of tyres from top brands including Continental, Kumho and BFGoodrich.
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