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Tire Examinations - Tire and Wheel Forensics  

Independent study session conducted over one hour.

In this webinar, you will learn how to recognize wheel and tire anomalies. We will teach you how to properly and completely document the evidence for future industry, insurance, or judicial processes.

We will begin by explaining where the tire markings are, what they mean and how to document them. We will describe the scene evidence that should be remain after a blowout and the proper tire exam protocol. We will then delve into topics such as tread separation, hydroplaning, and under inflation vs. over inflation. You will also learn how to accurately measure both tread depth and tire pressure.

While this webinar will not make you an expert in tire failure analysis or tire and wheel forensics, with enough time and practical experience, your knowledge will develop sufficiently so that you may make a determination regarding the cause of the defect noted in the examination.


Law enforcement and private traffic crash investigators, claims adjusters, engineers, attorneys, safety officers, military investigative personnel, animators and graphic designers

Course Length

1 hour

Online Details

Online environment: This is an independent study, self-paced webinar. Although there are no specific times that you must be online, you will be required to complete assignments by the deadlines posted within the course. Hence, you must be committed to the course and invest the time necessary for successful completion. You should plan to dedicate approximately 1 hour to the course activities. Webinar must be completed within 30 days upon enrollment.

Computer requirements: You will complete the course entirely online. A dependable broadband internet connection with a Windows or Mac computer is required.

ACTAR Information

IPTM's Tire Examinations - Tire and Wheel Forensics course is eligible for 1 ACTAR CEU.

This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.

Companion Webinars:

Roadway Evidence
Safety Belt Examinations
Vehicle Lamp Examination in Traffic Collisions
Case Preparation and Courtroom Presentation


Take all 5 webinars as the Fundamental Techniques of Crash Investigation bundle for $149! Click here for more information.


Tire Examinations - Tire and Wheel Forensics
    Ongoing Online    
Instructor:  George Ruotolo Fee: $29.00
Note:  This self-paced course is open year-round. You may register and join it at any time after January 9th. Log-in information will be emailed to the email address listed in the student profile. Students will have 30 days from the time of registration to complete the training.