Does Parking on a Curb Damage Tires? It’s Not a Simple Yes or No.

does parking on a curb damage tires

Let’s talk about the sides of your tires — they’re pretty sensitive, and squeezing into that last parking spot, you might shrug off a bump against the curb as no big deal.

But does hitting your tire on a curb actually cause no damage? Well, it depends.

In this article, we’re going to clear up any confusion about whether it’s safe to park your tire against a curb, or if you should avoid it as though it could pop your tire with each contact.

So let’s cut to the chase and get started.

Will Parking on a Curb Damage My Tire?

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Parking on a curb isn’t always a problem for your tires—when done correctly, it’s generally safe. However, if the tire is not fully supported by the curb and part of it is suspended in air, that’s where the risk of damage comes into play.

In more detail, when you park with the entire width of the tire solidly on the sidewalk, the tire is supported evenly, much like it would be on the road. In these instances, the curb is just another flat surface, and your tires can handle it without issue. This is often the case in tight streets where curb parking is a common sight and doesn’t typically lead to tire damage.

On the flip side, if you find yourself parking with the tire half on the curb, half off — with the sidewall bearing the brunt of the car’s weight — this is where the tire is under stress. 

The sidewall isn’t designed to carry weight; it’s meant to flex. When forced into this unnatural position, the internal structure can begin to suffer. Over time, this leads to the kind of sidewall damage characterized by bulging or bubbling. 

These are the warning signs of a tire in distress, potentially leading up to a blowout.

For a comprehensive understanding of this issue, explore our article ‘Can Hitting a Curb Damage Your Tires?

Let’s move on to the next section where we’ll discuss in more depth how parking against a curb may damage your tires.

Things to Keep in Mind When Parking Your Car’s Tire on a Curb

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When deciding to park your car on a curb, understanding the potential risks and best practices can save you from tire damage. Here’s what to consider:

Impact and Tire Condition

Be gentle when parking against a curb; even light rubbing can damage the tire over time, and the risk varies with tire type. Check your manufacturer’s guidelines for specific tolerances, and maintain routine inspections for damage like bulges or scuffs, which could lead to a flat tire.

Preventative Practices

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Properly inflated tires and careful parking that avoids the tire resting partially off the curb are essential to preventing damage. The correct angle can prevent undue pressure on the sidewall.

Consistent Checks and Risk Awareness

Regularly examine your tires for wear and damage, especially after parking on curbs. Early detection of issues such as sidewall wear can prevent more serious problems like misalignment or blowouts.

Long-Term Parking Habits

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Occasional contact with curbs is unlikely to cause immediate damage, but consistently rough or careless parking will increase the likelihood of tire damage.

We highly recommend you check out our ‘How to Not Hit the Curb When Parking‘ if you want to remove this type of parking habit.

The Right Curbs and Angles

Steep or sharply angled curbs can apply too much pressure on a tire, leading to potential sidewall damage. Rounded curbs may seem less harmful but can still cause issues if they place pressure on the sidewall or rim.

Read our article on ‘Different Types of Curbs‘ to learn more about this topic.

Other Potential Damages

Besides tires, it’s important to remember that forceful impacts with curbs can also damage rims, alignment, and suspension. 

Topics such as ‘noise from the bottom of the car‘, ‘impact from hitting a curb on the front passenger side‘, or ‘scratching the front bumper of the car‘ could become relevant if you ignore this advice, so it’s best to avoid habits that could lead to extensive and costly repairs.

Professional Inspection and Tire Care

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When there is any doubt about tire condition after curb contact, professional inspection is advised. Regular tire care, including pressure checks and alignment, is recommended to maintain tire health and safety.


Here at Smooth Curb, we strongly encourage our readers to understand the potential damages that curbs can inflict on their vehicles. Whether you bump into a curb intentionally or accidentally, having the right information can be the difference between severely damaged tires and well-maintained ones.

If you’re looking for more information similar to this, feel free to explore our blog section.

Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Our team at Smooth Curb will be more than happy to assist you with any inquiries related to tire damage due to curb parking.

To keep your tires in good condition: park carefully, ensure they are completely on the curb, and avoid allowing them to overhang. Treat your tires well, and they’ll do the same for you.

We hope this information has been helpful, and we look forward to seeing you in our next post.


Have more questions? We might have already answered them below.

What are the best techniques for parking against a curb without damaging tires?

Approach the curb slowly, use mirrors to gauge distance, and aim to keep the tire parallel to the curb, avoiding contact with the sidewall.

How does curb height affect the likelihood of tire damage?

Higher curbs can cause more damage if the tire is forced against it, especially if the tire sidewall is not designed to bear weight.

Can regular curb parking affect wheel alignment over time?

Yes, frequent impacts against curbs can lead to misalignment, necessitating regular checks and adjustments to prevent uneven tire wear.

What type of tires are more resistant to sidewall damage from curbs?

Tires with thicker, reinforced sidewalls or those designed for off-road use tend to be more resistant to damage from curbs.

Is there a difference in curb parking damage between the front and rear tires?

Front tires may incur more damage during parking maneuvers due to the additional stress of turning, while rear tires generally experience less dynamic stress.