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How to tell the age of a tyre

You can find out the age of a tyre by checking the sidewall.

How to check tyre age

To check the age of your tyre, you can find the date of manufacture by checking the tyre's sidewall code.

You can locate this code on the tyre's outer sidewall, close to the edge of the wheel rim. It is a combination of letters and numbers that indicate the tyre's manufacturing date.

How to determine the tyre age

You can find out the age of your tyre by reading the dot code:

1. The DOT code is an alphanumeric code typically with 10-12 digits. It is found on the sidewall of a tyre. It begins with the letters "DOT" followed by a series of numbers and letters.

2. The last four digits of the DOT code are the important ones for determining the tyre’s age. They represent the manufacturing date. The first two digits show the week of the year that the tyre was made, and the last two digits represent the year.

How to read tyre age code

Once you have identified the manufacturing date, you can calculate the tyre's age by subtracting the year of manufacture from the current year.

For instance, if the last four digits of the DOT code were "3720," this means the tyre was made in the 37th week of 2020.

So, it was manufactured in 2020, and if the current year is 2023, we can tell that the tyre is 3 years old.

It is important to note that tyres have a limited lifespan, and as they age, their performance and safety may be affected.

Therefore, it is advisable to replace tyres every 5-6 years, irrespective of their tread depth or overall condition.

How to check car tyre age

Car Tyre Age: look for the DOT code on the sidewall of the tyre.

How to check caravan tyre age

Caravan Tyre Age: Caravan tyres also have a DOT code on the sidewall.

How to check motorbike tyre age

Motorbike Tyre Age: the DOT code on motorcycle tyres is also located on the sidewall.