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After how many years should tyres be changed?

Maintaining your tyres John

A tyre is not only a piece of equipment that wears over the miles, it also ages. Over the years, the compound’s properties change and a tyre becomes less efficient. This is why most tyre manufacturers advise drivers to check their tyres once a year, after five years of use, and change them after ten years.

Aged tyre Tyre with cracks in the sidewall - Copyright © : Philboy - Caradisiac

Tyre ageing should not be confused with wear


A tyre consists of different materials (rubber, steel cables, textile fibres …), the quality of which directly affects tyre performance.  Yet, the properties of these components change over time.


These changes depend on a number of factors:

  • Climate conditions: Even if tread compounds are designed to withstand significant temperature variations, tyres age more quickly in very cold or very hot environments.
  • Storage conditions: Humidity, ventilation, light, temperature, exposure to solvents, are parameters that affect the quality of storage, and therefore the tyre’s service life. Not to mention the way tyres are stored…  

  • Usage conditions: Tyre longevity will depend on the loads carried, driving style (speed, acceleration, braking…), tyre pressure and the quality of maintenance…

It is therefore difficult to indicate the recommended life of a tyre.

An annual inspection after five years

It is best to check your tyres regularly to make sure they are not damaged and that they show no signs of wear or premature ageing: Deformation or cracks on the tread, shoulders or sidewalls.

Nevertheless, most tyre manufacturers recommend that tyres should be inspected annually after five years of use and tyres still in service after ten years or more should be replaced, even if they have not reached the legal wear limit.