Curbing your tires?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Canadianhauler21, May 3, 2021.

  1. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    I have hit curbs with my steers at 68 mph on the Interstate. Some people might call them POTHOLES!!! No apparent damage to the tires or wheels. I don't see how slowly creeping over a curb would do any type of damage.
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  3. Mototom

    Mototom Heavy Load Member

    May 7, 2019
    Try to do it so your tire goes onto the curb but in a way it won’t slide off and damage the wheel.

    wheel damage is my only concern with curbs, most are not rough enough to rip a side wall unless you’re doing something you shouldn’t
  4. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Nov 11, 2008
    Sorrento Maine
    I used to work in a tire shop. Tire sidewalls are only designed to support the load and keep the pressure inside the tire. They are not built for wear. Rubbing the sidewalls will deteriorate the ability of the tire to hold air. If you must climb the curb, one should use the tread of the tire that is designed for wear and tear. Otherwise you are shortening the life of the tires. I even have seen it where a customer came in to the shop and had scuffed the sidewall so much that the tire no longer held air. It just fizzed under water like a soda bottle. Tire was only 6 months old and customer had to buy a new tire.
  5. '88K100

    '88K100 Medium Load Member

    Aug 23, 2020
    Had to climb up on sidewalks to get in to that freezer warehouse in city center Toronto...going slow the tires are fine going over about anything’s,,just avoid scrubbing the tires
  6. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Well I have two drivers who I have had to replace one steer tire because they slammed into the curb because they didn’t plan their turns out.

    Consider that this may damage the tire enough to have a blowout.
  7. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Eliminating those last 3 parking spots might take care of the grass damage issue on the opposite side of the street.
  8. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    Best to try to turn right into it, going up on the tread, not sidewall. Same coming off a curb. Visual inspection of sidewall for damage.Cosmetic only damage, that just looks bad,if it bothers you, turn it around on the rim, put it inside, where it can’t be seen.
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  9. Lostmykey

    Lostmykey Light Load Member

    Oct 6, 2019
    The route our upgrade tester uses includes a low bridge (better be reading the signs). Low branches, slow down; leaning poles or angled streets that can create hazards. And corners that include climbing sidewalks with steers and tandems. He encourages testes to use all the space they can before going into oncoming traffic space.
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  10. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    No more concern than with bugs on the windshield. You don't want them, if you can avoid it, but if/when it happens, oh well.
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