Big Truck Tire Blowouts
Chances are good that you’ve been driving on the highway and noticed large hunks of tire tread on the side of the road left by a truck. Those huge pieces of metal and rubber aren’t just left there; they tend to fly off of trucks as a result of tire blowouts. The blowout and the debris can have serious – sometimes fatal – consequences.
The fact that big truck tire blowouts happen so often in the trucking industry is disturbing. If a driver isn’t able to maintain control of a truck, he or she is in danger, and so is everyone else on the road. Not to mention that flying debris can cause accidents as drivers try to swerve out of the way.
Truck drivers are responsible for checking the safety of the vehicle and the load, and this includes tire pressure and wear, before each and every trip. A tire that is not inflated to the appropriate pressure, has wear on the read, or damage to the sidewalls is in danger of blowing. If a tire appears to be road worthy, a manufacturing defect could be to blame for a tire blowout, or the trucking company may have been using the wrong type or size tire for the rig.
While you cannot always avoid an accident caused by a big truck tire blowout, there are a couple ways can protect yourself. You can protect yourself by, if possible, avoiding driving next to the tires of a big rig. This will be move you further away from flying debris. Also, be sure to avoid big truck’s blind spots. If a truck has a tire blowout and you are in their blind spots, they will not be able to avoid you in the event that they lose control. Finally, staying alert and focused on the road by leaving the distractions at home will allow you more time to react in the event of a big truck tire blowout.
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