Checking a car's tires for wear and tear

5 Signs You Need New Tires

Take it from former race-car driver Johnny Unser—checking for telltale warnings of a worn-out tire is more important than you think.

“Checking your tires is like going to the dentist,” says Unser, five-time veteran of the Indy 500. “It’s something we don’t do often enough, that we put off until we absolutely have to.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tire failure causes around 11,000 car crashes each year. Both Unser and NHTSA recommend doing a quick tire inspection once a month to see if you need new tires.


When it’s time to replace your tires, Unser recommends doing so in pairs or all four at a time for better performance and traction and, ultimately, a safer ride.

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By Maria Carter

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  1. PEDRO ANTONIO DIAZ says,

    My 2007 Toyota Tacoma makes a loud noise its being parked specially overnight. When I am backing out this noise appears and sometimes when I turn either right or left. It is like a cracked noise, loud. What could this be, people in Toyota do not noise what it is!

  2. Mark says,

    Not related but. With 4WD/AWD comes a sense of invincibility, just ask anybody who has crashed one. They don’t stop or turn any better, in some cases worse.

    Always be aware of your situation and DON’T GO ANY FASTER THAN YOU’RE WILLING TO CRASH.

  3. Linda Freudiger says,

    I thank you for the information. And from what I can tell GEICO wants us to drive safe or not drive at all in bad weather. It could be too that if we have an accident claim’s they will go through the roof and if that happens our rates will rise to offset there red column. So we should stay in but you know those people who will drive no matter how bad the weather is so even if we stay home someone’s car crashes will raise our premiums anyway ?.They can’t take a loss Why That’s Unheard of!!