How to Prevent Dry Rot in Tires

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • $90-100
What You'll Need
Car cover
Commercial tire protector
Expendable cloth

Dry rot is a common problem affecting a sizable number of vehicle tires. It is caused by the spread of fungus in the rubber. If you're worried about your tires falling victim to dry rot, don't despair. There are two easy steps that will significantly reduce your tires' risk of developing the fungus.

Step 1 - Keep Your Tires ut oof the Sun

While a regular amount of sun exposure shouldn't do any harm to your tires, excessive exposure to UV rays is among the most common causes of dry rot in car tires, as well as a number of other rubber-based objects. With that in mind, it is recommended that you park your vehicle in well-shaded areas whenever possible, particularly if you live in a warm climate.

Regardless, take care to avoid any dangerous-looking parking garages. If you have no choice but to park your car in a sun-heavy area, you may want to invest in a car cover that protects the entire vehicle.

Step 2 - Regularly Apply a Commercial Tire Protector

In addition to being careful about where you park your vehicle, apply tire protector monthly to shield your tires from dry rot-causing UV rays. Purchase a water-based protector. Although application instructions may vary slightly depending on the brand, most protectors can be applied to tires with the aid of a cloth. Again, they are most effective when administered on a monthly basis.

This guide on how to prevent dry rot in tires is sure to keep your car's shoes in good shape. It will also keep your wallet in good shape!