Tyres deteriorate with age, and even if wear is taken out of the equation, you’re looking at around a five-year lifespan as the compounds found in rubber are effected by heat, sunlight and precipitation. Caravan, classic and prestige car tyres are most at risk of ageing before signs of wear appear, as their infrequent use means long periods of standing.
While the depth of your tyre tread affects the handling of your vehicle, ageing and deterioration have a direct impact on the overall health of the tyre, causing it eventually to break down and lose its mechanical properties. Thankfully, the signs are quite easy to spot: fading of the black rubber and cracks in the sidewall.
Although ageing can’t be prevented, there are a few ways to help delay the process. We recommend always storing any vehicle in a garage rather than on the driveway, as the temperature can be controlled and it is not exposed to the elements. More information on fighting the effects of ageing can be found on our blog.
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