The importance of the age of the tire and the tread depth
If you drive relatively few kilometers each year, you may know that the tread depth remains quite intact for a few years. But importantly, that does not mean your tires are safe.
What happens when the tires are “old”?
As the tires age, they begin to crack on their side walls. This happens when UV light oxidizes the rubber, causing it to dry. Although tires contain chemical anti-oxidants to slow down this process, they only work when the tires are moving. If the machine is left unused for some time or the tires are stored, they will deteriorate faster than if they are used frequently.
How to check your tire age
- Look for markings on the sidewall of the tire
- Find a four-digit code
- The third and fourth numbers indicate the year of manufacture
- If it is more than 10 years ago, we recommend replacing the tires
If you don’t remember when you mounted them, the good news is that you do not have to rely on your memory to estimate the age of the tires. “Date of birth” is written on the sidewall of the tire.
Look for a four-digit code. The first two digits represent the week in which it was produced (from 1 to 52), and the two digits are the year of manufacture. So a 1316 code would mean that your tire was made between March 28 and April 3, 2016. Tires manufactured before 2000 show three digits instead of four.
When is tire age considered too old?
I recommend that all tires be replaced at the age of ten, irrespective of the tread depth.
Even if the summer, winter or all season tires look good, we recommend that you seek advice from your specialists if your car or tires have been left unused for a long time. This also applies to your spare tire. The mechanic can see signs of premature aging and advise you if the tire is secure.