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2012-06-13 10:25:47 AM
Honestly, it's still pretty impressive that he managed to keep the thing more or less upright and get it off to the side. But sheesh, check your tires.
 
2012-06-13 10:46:37 AM
woah! nice correction!
 
2012-06-13 11:08:58 AM
Yeesh. Imagine if you happened to be passing him, abeam of the truck cab, at the moment the tire gave way.
 
2012-06-13 11:27:37 AM
I was going to tell a not very CSB about blowing a steer tire on the westbound 10 just past the Banning chicken coop in a Freightliner Columbia. Then I started thinking about how there is a joke about blowing a steer in there somewhat akin to the blew a seal joke.
 
2012-06-13 11:27:39 AM
That problem with his tire, there, sure did seem to produce quite the road impediment.
 
2012-06-13 11:43:32 AM
It looked like somebody blew that tire off with a brick of C4. Cripes.
 
2012-06-13 11:53:08 AM

discgolfguru: It looked like somebody blew that tire off with a brick of C4. Cripes.


Looked like a video of an IED out of Iraq.
 
2012-06-13 11:53:31 AM
List of things going through drivers mind when that tire blew.. Control, pull over, change shorts, call for help.
 
2012-06-13 11:59:00 AM
Love the soundtrack.
 
2012-06-13 12:01:41 PM
On the plus side... free apples.
 
2012-06-13 12:04:48 PM
All things considered, that guy did alright. I thought for sure that truck was going over. And for people saying he should have paid more attention to the condition of his equipment: My dad's been driving trucks his whole life. I've know a lot of truckers. I've rarely found a group of people more aware of their equipment.

See, trucks use pneumatic brakes. After you start the engine, it takes a minute or two for the compressor to get the pressure to where you want it before you drive anywhere. Those minutes are spent walking around the exterior of the truck, checking, among other things, the tires.
 
2012-06-13 12:15:24 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Yeesh. Imagine if you happened to be passing him, abeam of the truck cab, at the moment the tire gave way.


About six months ago I was driving on the turnpike when a truck's tire exploded right as I was passing. It was a trailer tire, so it did not cause any problems for him, but it scared the crap out of me. I actually felt the explosion and it took me a few seconds to figure out what had happened.

/csb
 
2012-06-13 12:20:58 PM
Is it just my imagination, or does the truck disappear at 15 seconds, never to be seen again.
 
2012-06-13 12:24:26 PM
Free produce!
 
2012-06-13 12:47:20 PM
Unbelievable save......honestly......give him 1000 more tries and he'll flip 1000 times
 
2012-06-13 12:59:55 PM
Looks like a slight malfunction of the Automatic tire changing system...

firegeezer.com
 
2012-06-13 01:04:24 PM

rlandrum: Is it just my imagination, or does the truck disappear at 15 seconds, never to be seen again.


Came to say this. I dont see the truck anywhere when the dust clears and It kinda looks like he went through the guardrail between the light posts
 
2012-06-13 01:14:08 PM
I find it more appalling that someone was cruising in the left lane without passing anyone.
 
2012-06-13 01:39:21 PM
Had this happen in a U-Haul. I was following in a small truck behind the U-Haul that my now-ex was driving. Front tire blew and took out the entire front passenger side wheel well. It was like I was suddenly driving through an asteroid belt. Scary stuff. He managed to just edge it off into the emergency lane.

/U-Haul PIAs took a whole day to saunter out there.
//Still despise 'em.
 
2012-06-13 02:25:28 PM

samardzic77: rlandrum: Is it just my imagination, or does the truck disappear at 15 seconds, never to be seen again.

Came to say this. I dont see the truck anywhere when the dust clears and It kinda looks like he went through the guardrail between the light posts


Fell into a ditch or off the bridge?
 
2012-06-13 03:13:25 PM
suddenly, apples
 
2012-06-13 03:18:07 PM
Some of theses truck tires have a metal ring that holds everything together. The whole assembly is under a pretty fair amount of pressure. There is a special cage you put the tires in when you work on them. I knew a guy that didn't use the cage.

/operative word is knew
JC
 
2012-06-13 03:48:54 PM

JoeCowboy: Some of theses truck tires have a metal ring that holds everything together. The whole assembly is under a pretty fair amount of pressure. There is a special cage you put the tires in when you work on them. I knew a guy that didn't use the cage.

/operative word is knew
JC


Aviation tires need those cages for inflation, etc. too.
 
2012-06-13 04:23:08 PM

rudemix: I was going to tell a not very CSB about blowing a steer tire on the westbound 10 just past the Banning chicken coop in a Freightliner Columbia. Then I started thinking about how there is a joke about blowing a steer in there somewhat akin to the blew a seal joke.


Thank you, now I have this running though my head.

Link
 
2012-06-13 04:28:04 PM

BEER_ME_in_CT: Looks like a slight malfunction of the Automatic tire changing system...

[firegeezer.com image 640x275]


what is this from?
 
2012-06-13 04:32:33 PM

relcec: BEER_ME_in_CT: Looks like a slight malfunction of the Automatic tire changing system...

[firegeezer.com image 640x275]

what is this from?


An awesome movie.
 
2012-06-13 04:33:41 PM
Hey subby, protip:

Some people call them "front" tires.
 
2012-06-13 04:51:37 PM
I appreciate all those who developed and improved radial belt tires which make events like this more rare than they used to be. Well okay, a shout out to Firestone and Ford for teaching us the importance of checking the dates on tires.
 
2012-06-13 05:16:56 PM

fatbear: relcec: BEER_ME_in_CT: Looks like a slight malfunction of the Automatic tire changing system...

[firegeezer.com image 640x275]

what is this from?

An awesome movie.


THE BIG BUS
 
2012-06-13 05:17:00 PM

fatbear: Hey subby, protip:

Some people call them "front" tires.


SuperPro tip: Not truck drivers, They call them steering tires. Totally different type than the drive tires.
 
2012-06-13 05:23:52 PM

fatbear: Hey subby, protip:

Some people call them "front" tires.


On trucks they are referred to as steers and the back ones are referred to as drives, which are then further differentiated as front left/right inside and outside drives and rear l/r inside and outside drives.

/in the trucking industry and order truck tires all the time, so getting a kick, etc.
 
2012-06-13 06:02:38 PM
The only thing he did wrong was hit the brake.

I'm not kidding, if you are driving a truck and a steer tire blows, FLOOR IT. Really. This transfers weight off the steer and onto the drives, thus allowing you to regain control (the flat tire/rim isn't digging into the road as hard.) Once you are pointed where you need to be pointed, now you may let off the skinny pedal and begin to gently brake.
Yes, I have done this. Didn't even leave my own lane. Yes, I crapped myself.
 
2012-06-13 06:03:08 PM
Hey, free taters.
 
2012-06-13 06:13:24 PM

mr lawson: fatbear: Hey subby, protip:

Some people call them "front" tires.

SuperPro tip: Not truck drivers, They call them steering tires. Totally different type than the drive tires.


assets.motivationalgenerator.com

suzannetony.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-13 06:20:11 PM

BEER_ME_in_CT: Looks like a slight malfunction of the Automatic tire changing system...

[firegeezer.com image 640x275]


O man, I loved that movie.

/"Look out, he's got a broken milk carton!"
 
2012-06-13 06:32:10 PM

Raddamant: The only thing he did wrong was hit the brake.

I'm not kidding, if you are driving a truck and a steer tire blows, FLOOR IT. Really. This transfers weight off the steer and onto the drives, thus allowing you to regain control (the flat tire/rim isn't digging into the road as hard.) Once you are pointed where you need to be pointed, now you may let off the skinny pedal and begin to gently brake.
Yes, I have done this. Didn't even leave my own lane. Yes, I crapped myself.


"My family tells me I should retire. I say, 'What are you talking about, I retire eighteen times a year!'"
 
2012-06-13 06:34:06 PM
Hey, remember that time I accidentally the wrong comment? Good times..
 
2012-06-13 06:51:40 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Yeesh. Imagine if you happened to be passing him, abeam of the truck cab, at the moment the tire gave way.


Every since mythbusters did that episode and determined that, given the perfect set of circumstances, a truck tire could really blow debris through your window and take your head off, whenever I pass an 18 wheeler I hang back until I have a good clear opening ahead, and then hit warp 5 to get by the farker.
 
2012-06-13 08:05:09 PM
A buddy and I were sailing down a two lane highway with lots of hills and corners (the Cowboy Trail between Coleman and Longview, for Alberta farkers), well above the speed limit in his pickup. We were passing a truck when the driver of that truck's eyes got big and he was frantically pointing at our passenger-side front tire. At that moment, there was the explosion- and we're now a 3 wheeled operation going way too fast, passing, with oncoming traffic, and a corner coming up.

Fortunately, my buddy reigned it all in, kept it between the ditches, and got us securely stopped. The truck we were passing stopped to make sure we were ok.

The really good news? The truck we were passing was an AMA tow truck, and I'm a member. So we had a beer while the AMA guy lifted us and got the spare on, and were back on the road inside of 10 minutes.
 
2012-06-13 08:11:34 PM
The reason the truck went all over the place was the operator was startled and turned the wheel. If he had been calm and cool and not braked he would have just kept heading straight and could have brought the vehicle to a stop.

Tire blow-outs do not cause collisions, driver reactions to blow-outs do.
 
2012-06-13 08:42:29 PM
The chick on the side of the road is hot. I think he hit the brakes too hard and caused the tire to pop.

datass.jpeg
 
2012-06-13 09:32:34 PM
This is why when I pass an eighteen wheeler on the interstate, I ALWAYS pass them on the right. I like to wait till it's all clear in front of them, then inch up beside em and look at that neat flashing yellow light about mid-way up the trailer. Then hang out by the drive tires for a bit and try to see if I can see the drivers face in his mirror, just to make sure he can see me. After two or three minutes of that and i'm usually positive it's safe in front of the truck, I'll gun it and pass him, but ALWAYS keep an eye on my rear view mirror to make sure he see's that I am far enough away to know that it's clear in front of his truck. Then I slow down enough to get inside the airflow in the front of his truck to help with his fuel mileage.
 
2012-06-13 09:37:29 PM

CrissX: This is why when I pass an eighteen wheeler on the interstate, I ALWAYS pass them on the right. I like to wait till it's all clear in front of them, then inch up beside em and look at that neat flashing yellow light about mid-way up the trailer. Then hang out by the drive tires for a bit and try to see if I can see the drivers face in his mirror, just to make sure he can see me. After two or three minutes of that and i'm usually positive it's safe in front of the truck, I'll gun it and pass him, but ALWAYS keep an eye on my rear view mirror to make sure he see's that I am far enough away to know that it's clear in front of his truck. Then I slow down enough to get inside the airflow in the front of his truck to help with his fuel mileage.


Lol.

7/10
 
2012-06-13 09:44:45 PM

unyon: So we had a beer ... and were back on the road inside of 10 minutes.


Ummm?
 
2012-06-13 10:59:44 PM

CrissX: This is why when I pass an eighteen wheeler on the interstate, I ALWAYS pass them on the right. I like to wait till it's all clear in front of them, then inch up beside em and look at that neat flashing yellow light about mid-way up the trailer. Then hang out by the drive tires for a bit and try to see if I can see the drivers face in his mirror, just to make sure he can see me. After two or three minutes of that and i'm usually positive it's safe in front of the truck, I'll gun it and pass him, but ALWAYS keep an eye on my rear view mirror to make sure he see's that I am far enough away to know that it's clear in front of his truck. Then I slow down enough to get inside the airflow in the front of his truck to help with his fuel mileage.



Ha ha!
"The Know-Zone" movie from Driver's Ed would like a word with you.

I drive a LOT and I usually have no problems with Semi-drivers. In fact, most of are a pretty good chat inside those big gas stations.
 
2012-06-13 11:41:08 PM
can someone explain the exploding truck tire to me. is this a matter of the driver not aware of how bald his tires is getting, or is it cheap trucking companies not wanting to spend money on tires, or do tires just pop like that because of the strain they're under from the load? I seem to see tire shrapnel on every highway, all the time, and people just write it off as if this is normal.
 
2012-06-13 11:50:04 PM

HellRaisingHoosier: CrissX: This is why when I pass an eighteen wheeler on the interstate, I ALWAYS pass them on the right. I like to wait till it's all clear in front of them, then inch up beside em and look at that neat flashing yellow light about mid-way up the trailer. Then hang out by the drive tires for a bit and try to see if I can see the drivers face in his mirror, just to make sure he can see me. After two or three minutes of that and i'm usually positive it's safe in front of the truck, I'll gun it and pass him, but ALWAYS keep an eye on my rear view mirror to make sure he see's that I am far enough away to know that it's clear in front of his truck. Then I slow down enough to get inside the airflow in the front of his truck to help with his fuel mileage.


Ha ha!
"The Know-Zone" movie from Driver's Ed would like a word with you.

I drive a LOT and I usually have no problems with Semi-drivers. In fact, most of are a pretty good chat inside those big gas stations.


Meh, I drove a truck for several years, and those were some of the stories I used to come up with while counting the dotted lines for why people did stupid things like that. I always imagined that they thought that flashing yellow light on my trailer was a Christmas ornament I forgot to remove, or that it was blinking morse code and they were trying to decipher the message.

/The message was MOVE, you ass, I need to change lanes.
 
2012-06-13 11:54:30 PM

toyotaboy: can someone explain the exploding truck tire to me. is this a matter of the driver not aware of how bald his tires is getting, or is it cheap trucking companies not wanting to spend money on tires, or do tires just pop like that because of the strain they're under from the load? I seem to see tire shrapnel on every highway, all the time, and people just write it off as if this is normal.


It's fairly normal, there are a number of things that can cause a tire to disintigrate like that. Such as the tire condition, debris in the road that wasn't necessarily visible in the video, road temperature (heat will cause a lot of tires to come apart). For the most part it's not a huge deal when an eighteen wheeler blows a tire, but when a steer tire goes it'll pucker your ass but like someone above said, as long as you don't panic and yank the wheel you'll usually be fine.
 
2012-06-14 12:01:42 AM

toyotaboy: can someone explain the exploding truck tire to me. is this a matter of the driver not aware of how bald his tires is getting, or is it cheap trucking companies not wanting to spend money on tires, or do tires just pop like that because of the strain they're under from the load? I seem to see tire shrapnel on every highway, all the time, and people just write it off as if this is normal.


There are fairly strict federal guidelines regarding tires, but these aren't always followed or caught.
The tire shrapnel you see on the road is probably just the retread. Drive and trailer tires can wear out tread long before the structural part of the tire is compromised. So you send in the "core" and have a new tread put on the tire (recapped). This recap is just glued on, and if not done properly can become separated from the tire. Steer tires are not allowed to be recapped.

Road debris, tire damage (the steel belts can be deformed/broken from hitting a curb too hard), heat (from either over or under inflation), overloading, and poor pre-trip inspections are probably the most common reasons to blow a tire.
 
2012-06-14 12:08:09 AM

muwaryer: JohnAnnArbor: Yeesh. Imagine if you happened to be passing him, abeam of the truck cab, at the moment the tire gave way.

About six months ago I was driving on the turnpike when a truck's tire exploded right as I was passing. It was a trailer tire, so it did not cause any problems for him, but it scared the crap out of me. I actually felt the explosion and it took me a few seconds to figure out what had happened.


I was once a few car-lengths behind a truck when it blew a trailer tire. There was a car in the process of passing, and the tire shreds fortunately flew right over that car and into the median strip beyond.
 
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