Myths around automobiles abound, and in the case of cars it can be dangerous to base your approach on myths or assumptions. So let’s quickly dispel one common car myth, namely that it’s safe to use old tires that still have a lot of tread:
Question: Can’t I Use Old Tires with Tread?
Answer: you’d better not. The bottom line is this: tires can reach the end of their lives without being used as much as they could. why is this? Because rubber, like most everything else, deteriorates whether it’s being used or not. And in the case of tires, which of course are the only part of your car that ever regularly touches the road, driving on worn-out tires, however much tread they have, is never advisable.
How old are your tires? You can find out by looking at the sidewall. Find the letters DOT and a sequence of numbers. The final four numbers tell you the age of the tire. 2007 indicates your tire was made in the twentieth week of 2007.
Hold old is too old? If the tire is older than five years, you probably shouldn’t drive it. Better safe than sorry – it’s a cliche’ for a reason!
Looking for tires in Santa Monica? Visit Discount Tires Center! And leave us a comment: how often do you check your tires’ tread and wear?