Just as the older Gentleman wrinkles with age, the tyres on a car also age in a similar fashion. While a tyre cannot tell you how it’s not as young as it used to be, it can provide you with subtle reminders of its age.
General wear and tear should be expected over time, although some tyres may boast impressive usage durations, there is not a single tyre on the market which will last forever. The Walsall Wood Tyre & Service team have compiled a list of tell-tale signs that your tyre is too old and needs replacing, check it out below!
One immediately noticeable characteristic of ageing tyres is cracking across the tyre. Just as a human develops wrinkles over time, a tyre will crack, damaging the function and reliability of the tyre. This is due to the rubber of the tyre reacting with UV light, causing the rubber to oxidise and allowing cracks to form.
2. Manufacture date
A more obvious indication of the age of a tyre, the manufacture date will be present on any tyre you purchase. This may not act as a guideline on when to replace your ageing tyre but it will give you a precise value on how old the tyre itself is.
3. Worn tread
Acting as the means to grip the road, the tread on tyres can get worn down incredibly quickly. A driver using their vehicle regularly or for longer distances than the average driver will find no comfort in knowing that their tyres will need to be replaced more often. That said, new tyres will no doubt improve the handling of the car as a whole as the worn tread of the old tyres becomes inefficient and redundant.
4. Strange noises
If your tyre starts making strange noises when in use, chances are its time for it to re-tyre!
Make sure to check your tyres regularly for any signs of ageing. If you are unsure about the reliability of your tyres or their age, feel free to pop into the Walsall Wood branch for advice!