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3 Ways to Prevent Tire Cracking

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about your tires until there’s a problem. But did you know that taking some simple steps to prevent tire cracking can save you a lot of headaches (and money) down the road? Here are three easy things you can do to keep your tires in tip-top shape:

  1. Check your tire pressure regularly. 
  2. Don’t forget to rotate your tires
  3. Be extra careful when getting them maintained.

Causes of Tire Cracking

Tire cracking can be caused by a number of things, but there are three main culprits:

  1. Environmental factors. Extreme cold and heat can both cause tires to crack, as can UV exposure. If you live in an area with extreme climate conditions, regularly inspect your tires for cracks.
  2. Poor tire design. Tires designed with too much flexibility or insufficient support are more likely to crack under stress. This is why it’s important to choose a quality tire that is right for your vehicle.
  3. Poor tire maintenance. Tires that are not properly inflated or rotated can also be more susceptible to cracking. Make sure to follow the recommended maintenance schedule for your tires to help reduce the risk of cracking.

How to Prevent Tire Cracking

Tire cracking can be a real problem, especially in the winter months. Here are three ways to help prevent your tires from cracking:

  1. Keep your tires clean and free of debris. This will help prevent dirt and other particles from getting trapped in the cracks and causing them to widen.
  2. Inspect your tires regularly for any signs of cracking. If you see any cracks, have them repaired as soon as possible.
  3. Store your tires in a cool, dry place when they’re not in use. This will help prevent the rubber from drying out and becoming brittle, which can lead to cracking.


Tire cracking can be a serious safety hazard. Inspecting your tires regularly for cracks is important, especially if you live in an area with extreme temperatures. There are three main ways to prevent tire cracking:

  1. Store your tires in a cool, dry place.
  2. Avoid driving on rough roads.
  3. Inspect your tires regularly for cracks and other signs of wear and tear.

If you notice any cracks in your tires, take them to a mechanic or tire dealer to have them repaired or replaced immediately. 

For more information about your tire health and maintenance, visit our Tire FAQ article, or contact your local Trail Tire Auto Center.