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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Does a Car Tyres Age Make a Difference

This image was taken August 2012 as you can see from the tyres DOT code, (Department of Transport) code to identify when a tyre has been made, it clearly states 0202. This tyre was made between the 8th and 15th of January 2002.

image: car tyre showing the dot code

This tyre is still driving around on the rear of a 2002 Peugeot 206.  Which the driver was blissfully unaware, obviously the weekly tyre pressures and tyre checks were not taking place.
Were not saying that 10 year old tyres are unsafe to drive on but surely you would feel safer with out the large cracks running around the circumference of your tyre, but these cracks are between 2 - 3mm deep in places. 
image: car tyre with large cracks around the tyre tread
Driving down the motorway at 70mph and the outer tyre tread starting to separate. Loosing control of your vehicle at high speeds and the vibration and noise would be horrendous. Applying your brakes and having one tyre not fully functional would cause an imbalance of your braking causing your vehicle to swerve across the road.
image: motorway with many cars crashed
For the cost of 2 new car tyres, to replace them on the rear, surely this price is nothing compared to body repair works to your car, increased insurance premiums or even Funeral costs for your loved ones to deal with.
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