How old are my tyres? #TyreSafetyDay


Regardless of the mileage you do tyres wear and deteriorate with age writes Geraldine Herbert

Ever wondered how old your tyres are? Most people are not aware of how old their tyres or and whether or not they need to be changed.

So how do you determine how old your tyre is?

On the side wall there will be a four digit number eg 2412  – The first two digits of the code represent the week of production during the year (from 1 to 52) while the second two digits represent the year of manufacture. so 2412 will be week 24, 2012. In the example below the number is 0204 – so week 2, 2004.

When is a tyre too old?

A tyre that is six years old is a ‘pass advisory’ item at the NCT so you should consider changing them at this point and certainly do if they are any older



Remember to check the spare tyre also!


Geraldine Herbert

4th October 2021

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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