For years, vehicle owners have relied on the tread depth of a tire to assess its condition. While this remains a good way to determine the need for new tires, there is another factor to consider-age.
Don't just go by looks:
The fact is that because the rubber compounds in tires tend to deteriorate over time regardless of the conditions of the tread, (old) aging tires are a safety hazard.
This may NOT be a problem for those who drive 12,000 to 15,000 miles a year; because their tires will likely wear out before the rubber compounds decompose.
However for those who drive only 6,000 miles per year or drive a vehicle only on weekends, tire age CAN be an issue.
TIP: To be on the safe side, replace any tire that is more than six years old, including spare tires.
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