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How can you spot a defective tire?

As you drive your car, its tires are the only things making contact with the road. For this reason, it's imperative that they are in good working condition at all times. It only takes one defect to improve the likelihood of being part of an accident.

Here are some of the warning signs that something is wrong with one of your car's tires:

  • Cracking in the sidewalls
  • Uneven tread wear (which is not always caused by a defect)
  • Excessive tread wear, such as new tires beginning to look old within a few months of use
  • Blisters or bulges, especially on the sidewall
  • Excessive vibration when driving your vehicle, especially at high speeds

If you begin to notice one or more of these things, it's easy to assume that you're being paranoid. This is particularly the case if your car is driving fine and you don't notice anything wrong when you're behind the wheel.

However, it's better to be safe than sorry. If you think you have a defective tire, you should visit your local mechanic for professional advice. They may tell you that everything is okay. They may also tell you that something is wrong with the tire and you need to make an immediate change.

If you're not careful, you could find yourself part of an accident as the result of a defective tire. In this case, you need to obtain medical treatment before doing anything else. Then, when the time comes, you can learn more about the accident and whether or not a defective tire was the culprit.

Source: Consumer Reports, "Beware these early warning signs of tire failure," accessed May 07, 2018

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