While it might seem like a minor maintenance issue, small problems with your tires can actually cause devastating car accidents. That was certainly the case for former San Diego resident Markel Byrd, who was recently ejected from his car in a serious car accident where he’s a student in New Mexico. On his way to San Diego from college for the holidays, he suffered a blown tire that led to fatal injuries.

Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that faulty tires could cause as many as 78,000 accidents every year. Too many of these accidents are caused by tires not properly maintained or properly inflated. Here are five things you need to keep an eye on in order to avoid tire problems and serious accidents.


Rotating your tires not only improves your gas mileage but it also helps them last longer.


One of the easiest things to check, looking at tire pressure can help you catch problems early and avoid issues with flat tires.


If the tire tread is worn out, you could be putting yourself in harm’s way for serious accidents. Make sure you get your tire tread checked regularly in order to avoid potential crashes. Without proper tread, it is difficult for your tires to grab onto the road.

Alignment and Balance

In order to get the most out of your tires, they need to be aligned and balanced regularly.


Your tires should all be the same size. It is important that all tires are the appropriate size for your vehicle and checked often.