How old are my tyres?


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?

Generally the rule of thumb is don’t run on a tyre that’s more than 10 years old. All the tyres need to have at least the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm, or they will be marked as an MOT ‘fail’. This can easily be checked with a 20p coin. Remember to check the spare tyre also!


Geraldine Herbert

7th January, 2018



Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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