Are your old tyres still safe to drive?
We’ve all been there, trying to figure out if those slightly worn tyres are road-safe.
In this guide, we will provide you with valuable insights into the age of tyres when it comes to roadworthy tests.
A roadworthy test, also known as a safety inspection, is a mandatory assessment that ensures your vehicle meets the required safety standards.
It involves a thorough examination of various components, including tyres, brakes, lights, steering, and more.
Tyres play an important role in road safety. They provide grip, stability, and handling, especially during adverse weather conditions.
Worn-out or aged tyres can compromise the vehicle’s ability to maintain control on the road, leading to accidents.
Experts in the automotive industry often recommend replacing tyres that are over 6 years old. And no matter their state, tyres used for over a decade should be disposed of.
This recommendation is based on the fact that even if your tyres appear to be in good condition, the internal structure and compound of the rubber may have undergone changes that compromise their integrity.
However, there is no legal age limit for tyres, whether you are getting a roadworthy certificate or not.
When determining the roadworthiness of tyres, inspectors consider various factors, including:
Tyres must have adequate tread depth to ensure proper traction. In Australia, the minimum legal tread depth is set at 1.5mm.
Even if the tread depth is within the legal limit, excessive wear and tear can render tyres unsafe.
Any visible damage, such as cracks, bulges, or cuts, can affect a tyre’s structural integrity.
While there isn’t a strict age limit in Victoria, roadworthy inspectors pay close attention to the overall condition of your tyres. This includes factors such as tread depth, signs of uneven wear, and visible damage.
If your tyres show signs of deterioration due to age, it’s likely that you’ll be advised to replace them.
Keeping your tyres roadworthy isn't just a legal obligation; it's a commitment to your safety and the safety of others on the road.
So, whether you’re driving through bustling city streets or scenic country roads, well-maintained tyres should always be fitted to your vehicle.
I'm Louis, an engineer passionate about helping Australians choose better tyres for their vehicles!