If a tyre looks OK and the tread isn’t too low, it can be easy to keep using a tyre. But every tyre will reach the end of its life after 8 to 10 years. While most tyres will need replacement before they achieve 10 years, it is recommended that any tyres in service older than 10 years from the date of manufacture, including spare tyres, be replaced with new tyres as a simple precaution even if such tyres appear serviceable and even if they have not reached the legal wear limit.
This recommendation does not in any way reduce the consumers’ responsibility to change tyres when appropriate. For tyres that were on an original equipment vehicle (i.e., acquired by the consumer on a new vehicle), follow the vehicle manufacturer’s tyre replacement recommendations, when specified (but not to exceed 10 years).
If a caravan or trailer is left to stand for some period of time it is recommended to remove the wheels (ensuring the caravan or trailer is adequately supported) and store them in a cool dry location away from sunlight, chemicals and sources of ozone. The rubber will degrade over time and this will only accelerate as a tyre is exposed to high temperatures and direct sunlight. You should also only use spare tyres that are more than 6 years old in an extreme emergency.
If you have a vehicle that isn’t in continuous use (such as a caravan or sports car), the tyres are more vulnerable. They should be replaced every 5 to 7 years and covered up if the vehicle is parked for a long period of time.