Tire Dry Rot can be a Killer

Tire Dry Rot can be a Killer

Tire dry rot is a condition that occurs when tires are older or are not used for an extended period of time, causing the rubber to deteriorate and crack. The primary danger of tire dry rot is that it can lead to tire failure, which can be dangerous while driving. The cracks in the tire can cause air to leak out, which can result in a blowout or flat tire. This can be especially hazardous at high speeds or in wet or slippery conditions. It is essential to regularly inspect your tires for signs of dry rot and replace them if necessary to ensure your safety on the road.

It’s important to check your vehicle’s tires for signs of dry rot. Dry rot is a common problem that occurs when tires age and become brittle and cracked due to weather and oxidation. It can compromise your vehicle’s ability to stop and steer, leading to potential safety risks on the road.

According to tire experts, tires can develop dry rot as early as six years after manufacture, regardless of use or mileage. It’s important to regularly inspect your tires for signs of dry rot, including cracks and dryness on the sidewalls and tread. Bulges or bubbles may also indicate the risk of a blowout.

Tire Dry Rot is easy to spot on the Sidewalls both front and back

The effects of dry rot can be dangerously silent, which is why drivers need to make it a priority to check their tires regularly, especially during the summer months when temperatures can accelerate the process.”

Preventing dry rot is key to safety, and drivers can take several steps to extend the life of their tires. Experts suggest parking in a shaded or covered area to lessen exposure to the elements, keeping tires properly inflated and rotated, and avoiding harsh chemical cleaners and alcohol-based tire shine products that can accelerate tire aging.

Ignoring dry rot can mean compromised safety for drivers and passengers, and can lead to costly tire replacements or even accidents. Take the time to inspect your tires and consult a professional if you suspect any issues.

For commercial drivers, this is likely an OUT OF SERVICE call if inspected by a USDOT or State inspector at a weight station or an inspection roadside stop.

It is vital that you examine for any cracks in the front and back sidewalls and where the tire bead meets the rim especially if the unit has been sitting for an extended period of time. Most states have laws regarding tire life guidelines just look up tire guidelines in your state on the internet.


As you can see a lot of good information is posted on the sidewall or every tire. check your state guidelines in regard to max tire life.

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