Every fan of CSI knows that when it comes to examining crime scene evidence, tire tracks are important. It seems that you can always count on the bad guy in the movies, or on TV, to leave some tracks behind.
The real authorities also give careful consideration to this type of forensic science. Tires leave tracks, it's a fact of life. And, whether they be automobile tires, bicycle tires, motorcycle tires, truck tires or any other tire, they can act as the catalyst for a criminal conviction in a court of law.
Forensic science can play a major role in establishing the identity of an automobile or other vehicle and authorities have banks of information, as well as tread samples, on everything from car tires to shoes.
At one time it was possible to see a collection of tire tread
patterns to get a good look at Cooper Tires, Pirelli
Tires, Dunlop Tires, Continental Tires, Goodyear
Tires, Hankook Tires and appreciate the wide variety between
different tires. Now, it seems that you must subsctibe to a
service, or purchase collections of samples to examine these. One
source is Foster & Freeman which has over 8500 different
As you'll see, there's a significant difference between basic run-of-the-mill tires and mud tires or off road tires and the same applies to atv tires, truck tires, bicycle tires and so on.
One person who commonly gave evidence on tires was Rex Grogan. For many years, Rex held prominent positions in Dunlop, including management of their Tire Examination Laboratory. One of his functions was to examine problems with returned tires and this experience eventually seen him called many times as an expert witness.
Rex has written numerous books, articles, papers and lectures on tire-related forensic science, tire examination methods, general motoring safety, reasons for tire failure and other topics relating to rims, tires, wheels, etc. All of his work had been detailed on his website called tireaccidents.com, but this seems to have disappeared (as of 2016).
If you still can't get enough of forensic science. Tires are a well covered subject on the Google book search "Science of Tires" at Amazon book search
Tire companies spend millions on development and technology. Creating the right tire for different conditions isn't as simple as mmelting some rubber into a round shape and cutting some tread into it.
Today's tires are the result of the implementation of operational, business and strategic plans, consultation of various information systems, continuous improvement strategies, the constant development of teams and individuals, safe workplace policies and risk management.
This development correlates with development of many new cars, designed to drive on specific types of tires. It's a science that gives maximum efficiency and can make the difference between a car getting a good or bad review in motor journals.
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