16-Wheelers tires on the roadside

@reinydawn (11649)
United States
April 12, 2008 9:01am CST
Has anyone ever actually witnessed one of the big tractor-trailer trucks losing their tire? I mean, we see them in the road all the time. I guess what happens is they blow a tire, it flies off, and they just ignore it since they have 15 more tires working. It must not stop them from driving properly, and it would take them a couple miles to pull over. I passed one today on the way to work and it was still in the middle of the road. I'm sure highway patrol will come by and move it.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
12 Apr 08
My daughter was driving beside an 18 wheeler before and it blew a tire and it scared her so bad. I do know it can be very serious when this happens since the piece of tire can go through a windshield. I have seen before where pieces of a tire has come off of one but not a blowout. I am sure it does take them awhile to get slowed down and pulled over especially if they are hauling a big load.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Whao, that would scared the crap outta me! I jump when a little pebble comes at the windshield...
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Oh it did scare her really bad, she thought someone had shot at her until she realized what it was. She also said she knew the driver had to have heard it but he kept on going for a long time, she watched in her rear view mirror, to this day she will not stay around a big truck like that.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I can totally understand why she'd steer clear of them :)
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
12 Apr 08
I think everyone has dodged tred from the wheels of a 16 wheeler before. They are truly a road hazzard on the highways that we drive. I'm curious to know if anyone has ever been in an accident caused by the tred of the tire being on the highway before.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Oh, I'm sure they've caused accidents. We all have swerved to avoid them. Sometimes if there's a car in the other lane, you either hit that car or hit the debris...
@dandj929 (424)
• United States
12 Apr 08
My boyfriend has told me about why this happens. He says that tractor trailer trucks just have their tires retreaded, unlike people in cars who have the entire tire replaced. He also says that truck drivers are supposed to have their tires retreaded before they rip off and fly all over the highway and will be ticketed for it if a cop sees it happening. I think that is why you don't see the trucks stopping on the side of the road. Even though the tread came off they can keep going to the next truck stop. It is so dangerous and I don't know why they are allowed to still use retreaded tires. They are strewn all over the roadways and cars and SUVs are always swerving to get around them, or running them over the harming their own cars in the process.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Yeah, it's pretty dangerous when the tire's in the middle of the road. Those tires have got to be expensive so I'm sure they don't want to replace them until the absolutely have to. I just wish there was anothe way than having them lying in the road...