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Tyre warning after drive turns into nightmare

TYRE WOES: James Ready is warning motorist to check the age of their tyres. Photo Emma Reid / NewsMail
TYRE WOES: James Ready is warning motorist to check the age of their tyres. Photo Emma Reid / NewsMail Emma Reid

A LEISURELY drive turned into a nightmare for a Monto man after he says his aged tyres caused him to lose control of his van.

Pensioner James Ready is warning motorists to check the age of their tyres after buying, what he thought were new tyres for his van, in January last year.

In November, as he was driving along Goodwood Rd, Mr Ready said he suddenly heard a loud bang underneath the vehicle.

"I didn't know what was happening," he said.

"The steering became difficult and there were no brakes."

Mr Ready said he was lucky there were not any vehicles coming in the other direction as he veered off the road.

After inspecting his 2008 Ford Transit, Mr Ready said he found the tread had completely come off the front tyre.

Mr Ready said he was shocked when the RACQ representative who towed his van to Childers remarked on the age of the tyres.

"He asked me when I put the tyres on and I said January and he said 'mate, they were manufactured in 2008',"

RACQ spokeswoman Anna Hilton said the quickest way to find your tyre age was to check the serial Tyre Identification Number, which was usually located on the sidewall of the tyre, and showed the date of manufacture.

"The last four digits of the serial TIN indicate the week and year that the tyre was made," she said.

Ms Hilton said industry experts suggested whether in use or not, a tyre may have passed its useful life after about five years however this was not a legislated rule.

"There are no laws which govern how old tyres on vehicles can be, or how old tyres can be and still be sold," she said. "Legislation in this area concerns the condition of the tyre rather than age."

Ms Hilton said tyre wear rates were affected by many factors including road surface, climatic conditions and tyre and vehicle design.

"Keep in mind driving styles, such as high speed operation and cornering, harsh braking and hard acceleration, all dramatically reduce tyre life," she said.

Topics:  driving, road safety




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