Abrasions On Steer Sidewall--how Bad Is It?

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Pianoman's Comment
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Thanks Brett. Well it's changed now and I strapped the damaged one to the back of the cab to take back with me. I managed to get to a parking spot on the side of the road up here to take my 10, so I can finally just go to bed and forget how stupid this day went haha.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Thanks Brett. Well it's changed now and I strapped the damaged one to the back of the cab to take back with me. I managed to get to a parking spot on the side of the road up here to take my 10, so I can finally just go to bed and forget how stupid this day went haha.

Awesome. You handled it perfectly. If the company decides the tire is still good they can reuse it. No harm done. They might use it for a trailer tire or something, who knows? That's up to them.

You played it safe and made sure everything on the truck would pass DOT inspection. You informed your company about the situation. You also made them put it in writing that they were 100% certain everything was fine, which it turns out they weren't that certain, were they?

So in the end you communicated well, you took control of the situation, and you played it safe. That's how you protect your career, handle the risk/reward ratio, and stay safe out there over the long run.

Now you're safe and sound ready for a good night's sleep and a safe return to your home base for another load. Good on you, man. Well done.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Sno-boy's Comment
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Like Brett said if it's in good shape structurally and only has cosmetic damage, use it in a non critical position then. No harm ... no foul. You can bet if that tire comes apart after being reused and causes injury or loss of life ??? The trucking company better hope no lawyer discovers that repurposing.

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Thanks Brett. Well it's changed now and I strapped the damaged one to the back of the cab to take back with me. I managed to get to a parking spot on the side of the road up here to take my 10, so I can finally just go to bed and forget how stupid this day went haha.

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Awesome. You handled it perfectly. If the company decides the tire is still good they can reuse it. No harm done. They might use it for a trailer tire or something, who knows? That's up to them.

You played it safe and made sure everything on the truck would pass DOT inspection. You informed your company about the situation. You also made them put it in writing that they were 100% certain everything was fine, which it turns out they weren't that certain, were they?

So in the end you communicated well, you took control of the situation, and you played it safe. That's how you protect your career, handle the risk/reward ratio, and stay safe out there over the long run.

Now you're safe and sound ready for a good night's sleep and a safe return to your home base for another load. Good on you, man. Well done.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

MyNameGoesHere's Comment
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Sucks you had to go through that. Silver lining is this: you now have knowledge to handle a similar situation down the road and also all the rookies coming in who see this (assuming they/we are smart enough to put it to good use) will be able to learn from your experience and be able to apply it should something similar come up.

I would say, the only thing to be embarrassed about is IF you kept driving on a steer tire and it blew out. You had your doubts and asked others with experience to give you advise. Nothing embarrassing about being humble and using the information provided to you from those a lot more experienced. Good on you and from me personally I thank you for your experience.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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