CHECK FOR TYRE AGEING
MOST people rely on a tyre’s tread depth to determine its condition.
Les Mc Master, Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), points out that the rubber compounds in a tyre deteriorate over time, regardless of the condition of the tread.
“An old tyre can be just as hazardous as a tyre with worn tread,” he said.
He warned all tyres — even spare tyres that have never been used — also age, especially those stored under a vehicle.
He dismissed some manufacturers assurance that their tyres can last for 10 years.
“It’s impossible to judge how long a tyre will last since factors such as heat, storage and conditions of use reduce the life of a tyre.”
Mc Master points out that sunlight, heat and especially coastal conditions are known for weathering rubber.
Mc Master encourages car owners to avoid buying used tyres and to check the date on all new tyres purchased.
“Just because a tyre looks new doesn’t mean it wasn’t manufactured years ago and has been left standing in a shop, aging while it waits.”
“The safety hazards of driving on an old tyre should not be underestimated,” says Mc Master. “Speak to your local workshop mechanic about the age and condition of your tyres.
“Don’t leave it until an accident happens,” he warns.