A tyre that has been in storage can be dangerous
Published 14/05/2014 | 02:30
After several queries from readers about tyres, especially ones that have been in storage, we asked an expert to outline the pros and cons:
"The age of each tyre can be identified by clear markings on the sidewall.
"The braking effectiveness of a tyre declines with age, as the natural compound (rubber) dries out.
"The age at which tyres should be replaced depends on how they have been used. A tyre in storage, for example, will have already deteriorated after six years – which, in fact, is quicker than one in use.
"Exposure to heat will also accelerate ageing.
"A warning on buying part-worn or second-hand tyres: you don't know how long they have been out of use, or under what conditions they were stored, so there is an extra risk to all second-hand products.
"Recent research in Ireland has shown that part-worn tyres were on sale that were almost 20 years old."
- Eddie Ryan, marketing director, Advance Pitstop