Careless parking can destroy your car tires

Oct 19, 2017 | Same topic: Handy maintenance tips
Parking the car could be an easy task, but that should not be the reason for you to do it carelessly.

In fact, parking when the car tires are in an uneven position is the fastest way for the tires to deform and for you to buy new ones. Cars can be parked in different places such as in the garage, in a parking lot, on the street or sometimes the sidewalk. Wherever you park your vehicle, even if you’re in a hurry or you will use it right away, it is always necessary to pay attention and park carefully so that you can preserve the car tires’ useful life.

According to tips and advice for car maintenance from car experts, many drivers, especially the new and less experienced ones, often park their car in an uneven position where the wheel(s) lies partly on the sidewalk and partly on the street. This is most usually seen in small and crowded streets, where drivers want to park as close to the sidewalk as possible but then manage to park too close.

Parking car on the sidewalk and partly on the street

Many drivers often park their car in an uneven position where the wheel(s) lies partly on the sidewalk and partly on the street

The problem with this style of parking is that if you park like this for too long or for many times, the pressure on the tires is uneven. Part of the tire that lies on the sidewalk is tilted and has to bear greater pressure than the other part, creating a temporary bulge on the tire. Over time, the tire’s rubber loses its elasticity and the bulge will not be able to resuspend into its original shape.

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The deformed tire then gets thinner at a faster rate than other tires, making it bear even more pressure when driving and eventually degenerate and fail. Tire failure can cause severe accidents and also very costly, since you have to change all 4 tires (or at least 2) at the same time to ensure no tire is more worn off than the others and can share the pressure evenly.

A man relacing his car's tire

Tire failure can cause severe accidents and also very costly

On this matter, experienced drivers and car care professionals suggest that you should never park your car carelessly to avoid uneven positions. In the case that you must park a couple wheels on the sidewalk, make sure the whole tire lies on the sidewalk and not just half of it. Always keep the tires in total contact with the ground so that the pressure is equally applied to every point, which can avoid irregularities on car tires.

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