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Your vehicle's tires play a crucial role in ensuring a safe and comfortable driving experience. However, they often go unnoticed until something goes wrong. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire-related issues contribute to about 80,000 accidents annually. Regular tire inspections can help you avoid becoming part of this statistic. Here are five signs that your tires need attention or replacement:

1. Worn Tread

Tire tread is essential for maintaining traction and preventing hydroplaning. Check the tread depth by inserting a quarter into the grooves with Washington's head facing down. If the top of his head is visible, your tire tread is worn, and it's time to invest in new tires. Additionally, watch for built-in wear indicators (solid lines of rubber across the treads); if these are visible, it's also time for a replacement.

2. Uneven Wear

Uneven tire wear may indicate misaligned wheels, worn ball joints, or suspension issues. Inspect your tires for uneven wear patterns, particularly on the inner edges. If you notice white cords showing through worn areas, replace your tires immediately. To prevent uneven wear, consider investing in a quality set of all-weather General Tires from

3. Cracking Sidewalls

Cracking or crazing on the sidewalls of your tires can indicate rot. This issue typically occurs when a vehicle is rarely used or left stationary for extended periods. If you notice sidewall damage, replace your tires as soon as possible to prevent a blowout. To protect your tires, use a tire protectant like Armor-All.

4. Tread Separation

Tread separation occurs when the tire tread detaches from the tire body. This issue is commonly seen on highways as discarded tire husks. While most prevalent in transfer trucks or vehicles with retread tires, it can happen to any tire. If you notice a split between the tread and the tire, replace your tires immediately to prevent a blowout.

5. Air Leak

Air leaks are often caused by a damaged or weak seal between the tire and the rim. If left unchecked, a significant air leak can result in a tire blowout at the rim and a loss of vehicle control. If a tire continually loses air and remedies like Fix-A-Flat or remounting the tire don't resolve the issue, it's time for a replacement.

If your vehicle's handling changes suddenly or after hitting a deep pothole, have a professional inspect your tires and alignment. Address any identified damage promptly to ensure even tire wear and proper suspension system function.

Your tires are your lifeline on the road—regular maintenance and timely replacements help ensure a safe driving experience.