We all change depending on the weather – wet or dry, warm or cold, winter or summer. We get out new clothes and change some of our habits. But what about the tyres on your car? Many of us swap out the tyres or rims for our car between the seasons, meaning either our winter tyres or summer tyres have to be put in storage when not in use.
If tyres are stored in unfavourable conditions, or are not properly handled, the physical properties of the tyres change. Incorrect car tyre storage can lead to a shorter service life, and the tyres could even deteriorate to the extent that they become unusable. Correctly stored and handled tyres retain their properties, virtually unchanged, for several years. The tyres to be swapped and stored depend on the weather conditions of where you drive or the current UK season.
When fitting winter tyres to your car for the cold winter months – or indeed any winter conditions on the roads, such as ice or snow – the removed summer tyres must be shielded from any heat source if stored in heated areas. For example, the tyres must not be stacked along a garage wall with heating or hot water pipes.
Similarly, over the summer months, once you’ve fitted the season’s tyres to your car wheels, removed winter tyres must be protected from sunlight and continuous changes of air. As ozone is particularly damaging to tyres, the storage area must not contain any devices (electric generators or compressors) that generate ozone.
Solvents, fuels, lubricants, chemicals, etc., should not come into contact with the rack or shelving you use for tyre storage. The same applies to spare tyres, which also have to be stored appropriately to maintain the condition of the rubber.