Tires must be inspected on a routine basis for irregular wear pat- terns, which can be an indication of incorrect inflation pressure, overloading or mechanical problems. An underinflated or overloaded tire that is ridden for a prolonged period may suffer irreversible damage that can have serious consequences, even if the tire is returned to correct inflation pressure.
Tires should be inspected regularly, with particular attention paid to:
• the tread area, to detect the presence of debris, cuts, deterioration or ire- ulnar wear patterns;
• sidewalls, to detect impact damage (from potholes or curbs), cuts, cracking or abnormal deformation;
• the bead area, noting any trace of abrasions or rim damage. If you suspect any problems, your tires should be inspected internally and externally by a professional technician.