How to check when your tyres were manufactured

Your tyres are the only contact between you and the road; therefore, it is vital to make sure they are legal. You should get into the routine of regularly checking your tyres' tread, wear and tear and air pressure. You can also check how old your tyres are to give an indication of how worn they might be.

This is important to know, as their performance diminishes with age - even if they look good when you check them, they could be unroadworthy. Tyres contain anti-oxidising chemicals that slow down the ageing process; however, this is only effective if they are being used. If they are being stored - such as a spare tyre - or used on a car with very low mileage, the ageing process can be speeded up and make these tyres unfit for purpose. It is very important to have good tyres because poor ones can reduce your car's performance, increase your stopping distance, increase the risk of skidding, increase fuel consumption, and increase CO2 emissions.

The date your tyres were made is stamped on the sidewall, much like a sell-by date on food packaging. You will see four numbers and the letters DOT. These numbers are the week and year of manufacture; for example, 1615 will be week 16, year 2015. You should check this for both your existing tyres and when you buy new to make sure you are getting the ones with the longest shelf life.

You should check the air pressure in your tyres every couple of weeks, making this an ideal opportunity to look for any signs of ageing and to check the tread. They also need to be roadworthy as part of your MOT inspection. 

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About the author

David Sholicar

David is the National Retail Operations Manager for Protyre. One of David’s areas of responsibility and expertise is dealing with the DVSA and MOT’s for Protyre. As the Authorised Examiner Designate Manager ( AEDM ) David deals with applications for changes to the many Vehicle Testing Stations ( VTS’s) including managing the growth of the Number of MOT testing stations that Protyre operate, allocating MOT tester roles, and monitoring the MOT Test logs to ensure that Protyre MOT standards are maintained as the best in the industry. David handles the relationships with our parts suppliers to ensure that Protyre only fit the best quality servicing parts, brake parts, and other aftermarket quality parts at the right price. David is also involved in ensuring that all technicians are trained or assessed to carry out the work completed in all centres, and that Protyre has a robust Quality control ( QC) Procedure in all centres. David is also involved in developing the customer service standards and customer service training for all Protyre team members to ensure that all Protyre customers can expect the highest levels of customer service. At Protyre we believe we have the highest levels of customer service excellence that can be found, not only in the garage industry, but also when compared to other retail organisations. Another area of expertise is David’s involvement in developing Protyre Operational, Environmental, and safe working procedures. David has worked for some of the UK’s best retailers and this expertise has been a key component in helping develop Protyre into a highly respected company within the fast fit industry. David’s mission is ensuring that Protyre is the local garage that you can trust.

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