Truck Tire Blowouts
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Truck drivers need to make sure that their vehicles are in proper working order and ensure that parts will not suddenly fail in the middle of a journey. While keeping an eye on the mechanical parts is important, it’s just as important for drivers to inspect and maintain their tires – if one of their tires blows out on the road, they could lose control of their vehicle and cause a catastrophic accident. While tires are most likely to blow during the summer, that doesn’t stop them from requiring regular inspection and maintenance throughout the year. When truck drivers forget to maintain every part of their vehicle, it puts the lives of everyone else on the road at risk.
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What Causes A Truck Tire To Blow?
Based on what tire manufacturers report when tire blowouts occur, some of the most common reasons for tire blowouts include:
Poor Road Conditions
The average truck driver covers anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 miles traveling each week, and more often than not the roads aren’t perfectly smooth – a lot of the time they’re covered with potholes, uneven surfaces, cracks, etc. This constant beating takes its toll, and wears out the tires to their eventual breaking point.
Wear and Tear
Truck tires are designed to carry 80,000-pound vehicles hundreds of thousands of miles over their lifespan, but when tired are not inspected, maintained and eventually replaced, a worn down tire could break and cause a serious crash.
While federal law limits 18-wheelers to 80,000 pounds as a safety measure, some drivers and shipping companies overload their trucks in order to move more product and cut costs. When they choose to overload their vehicles, it puts increased stress on their vehicles and puts the lives of everyone on the road, including their own drivers, at risk.
Some drivers increase the carrying capacity of their vehicles by inflating their tires towards the upper limit of what they can handle, but doing so puts added stress on the tire’s internal components – steel, composites, fabric, rubber, etc. If the tires are constantly left overinflated, they become more likely to fail and cause a catastrophic accident.
Tire pressure drops in colder climates, or it can drop because the tire has a leak. If the driver neglects to inspect his tires for this issue, and if tires are left underinflated for too long, the tire can burst.
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