A tyre that has been in storage can be dangerous
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