Knowing where to find the date printed on your car tyres could save your life

Knowing where to find the date printed on your car tyres could save your life
Knowing where to find the date printed on your car tyres could save your life

Much like a person, a car also requires regular health checks to ensure it keeps running and functioning smoothly.

While the key vehicle checks include testing the likes of the brakes, steering, lights and fluid levels, some important information can be easily missed.

Do you know how old your tyres really are?

In a post on social media, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) urged drivers to be aware of a significant date which is printed on the tyre of every car.

The government agency shared an image of a tyre, highlighting where the age the tyre can be found.

In the example shared on Twitter, the tyre shown was almost a decade old.

The post read, “Ever wondered how old your tyres are?

“Here’s how to tell: The number on the left is the week it was made. The number on the right is the year it was made.

“This one was made in the 23rd week of 2010. When was yours made?”

Keeping tyre safe

While all tyres deteriorate over time, their condition should be regularly checked despite their age to ensure they are safe to use.

Between 20 May 2018 (when the new MOT was introduced) and 31 December 2018, a total of 6.43 per cent of MOT failures were attributed to tyre condition.

There is currently no legal age limit for tyres before they need to be changed, but DVSA recommend that drivers refer to the tyre manufacturer’s guidance as to when they should be changed, and rely on their own judgement.

If there are any concerns over a tyre’s condition, it is advised that it is checked by a person who is technically competent to assess it.

DVSA Chief Executive Gareth Llewellyn said, “DVSA’s priority is helping everyone to keep their vehicle safe to drive.

The Department for Transport it is to consult on options to ban older tyres from use on buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles and mini-buses (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Department for Transport it is to consult on options to ban older tyres from use on buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles and mini-buses (Photo: Shutterstock)

“Tyre condition is crucial to road safety, so drivers should check them regularly to prevent potentially catastrophic accidents.

“Tyres should be the correct size and type, correctly inflated, have no cuts or bulges, and have the minimum amount of tread – 1.6mm for cars and 1.0mm for motorcycles and vehicles with more than eight passenger seats.”

A ban on 10 year old tyres?

The Department for Transport recently announced it is to consult on legislation to make it illegal for for buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles and mini-buses to run with a tyre aged 10 years or over.

The move aims to help improve safety for road users and follows a research project, launched by the government last year, to asses if the age of tyre has a direct impact on its safety.

Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, said, “Keeping people safe on our roads is our priority, and we have been working hard to understand the link between tyre age and road safety.

“Emerging evidence and leading expert testimony shows us that we need to ban tyres over the age of 10 years from larger vehicles based upon the ‘precautionary principle’ – a move that will make our roads safer for everyone.”

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