4 Steps in Determining the Age of Your Tires

Many of us only have our cars worked on when something feels different or a notification lights up on our dashboard. Although we rarely think about them, tires are probably the most important part of a car. They make transportation possible and keep you safe – that is if you properly maintain your tires. Do you know how old the tires you are driving on are? Chances are you have no idea when your tires were made and are waiting for the repair man to tell you it’s time for new ones.

Find out how old your tires are by doing the following:

  1. Look on the side of your tire, near the inner ring, for a string of letters and numbers. The combination should begin with “DOT.” DOT stands for the Department of Transportation.
  2. Follow the string of numbers until you reach a series of four consecutive numbers.
  3. The four consecutive numbers represent a date code. You may be thinking, that is simple I can figure it out now – but it is not as simple as it seems.
  4. You get to the code, and it says “1303.” What on earth does that mean? The first two numbers tell you the week the tire was made. The last two numbers represent the year the tires were manufactured in. Therefore, the code “1303” means the tires were made in the thirteenth week of the year, meaning April of 2003.

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