I believe I would advice him to replace a 20 year old tireRan across that article some time ago. The only used tires I ever bought are the pair of Firehawk Wide Ovals I have on the front of the bird right now. I didn't know exactly when they were made initially but I found that they were only on the market since 2005... so I knew they couldn't be any older than that. They ended up being late 04 and mid 05, plenty good enough for me.
Scary thing is... my dad picked up a used '88 Eldorado last year as a commute car and one of the tires on it is from 1990!
At your age and with your experiences, you should have acclimated to the fact that most people are flat out stupid. Ignorant is a different thing - just means you don't know better; stupid is when you DO know better and still don't do anything about it. I'm not saying I've never done anything stupid, but I do learn and tend to not repeat stupid mistakes! I never go anywhere far without new or (like you've described) well taken care of tires.Some tires do age faster, but an owner who just pays atention to them should notice. Many people don't know what to look for, they should have someone who does know and replace early ... like my mother.
Myself, I have tires older than 5 years, I keep an eye on them. I maintain proper inflation pressures, I'm anal about it almost. I don't run bubble tires or tires with advanced age cracks. I watch tread wear.
31 years plus as a trooper, I saw a lot of people with blown tires alongside the interstate, and many more with tires that should have been flat.
The blown tires that blew out the sidewalls showed ample evidence that they had been run miles with very little air, driver not in tune with what a low tire feels like or a driver who never took tire inflation pressure serious.
I've stopped cars and SUVs and etc for speeding and walked up and noticed wires hanging out from under the tread where the edges were worn out and have had the drivers ask me if they could stuill make it another 500-1000 miles ... etc. Seen them at over 100 mph get stopped and see bare chords in tread center or low bulging sidewalls and fellow with family in the vehicle ... idiots.
I recall the guy one night at 97 with a Lincoln Navigator, his wife, two kids, two of either his or his wifes parents, a rack out back and rook loaded with luggage, going from New York to somewhere south, he a PO, and when I asked whose family he had he introduced them. He asked why, I said I was glad it wasn't my family. His tires looked low, I told him, he asked me how to check them?
Here's your sign.
Ignorance can be cured with knowledge. Stupidity is a choice.At your age and with your experiences, you should have acclimated to the fact that most people are flat out stupid. Ignorant is a different thing - just means you don't know better; stupid is when you DO know better and still don't do anything about it. I'm not saying I've never done anything stupid, but I do learn and tend to not repeat stupid mistakes! I never go anywhere far without new or (like you've described) well taken care of tires.
So you were a trooper? Up to 4 months ago, I always said if a trooper ever stops me, I ALWAYS get a ticket. But that time, he let me go with a warning - I almost had a coronary on the spot.
Dang, they are only barely 10 weeks!?! I don't know if they have been weened yet - LOLThis is the first time hearing any of this info for me. So, I figured I would head out to the garage and check the nice new tires I just ordered from Tirerack.com. I am very impressed! My Firestone Winterforces were made in the 33rd week of 2010.