How To Handle A Blowout

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Danny G.'s Comment
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Interesting video:

How To Maintain Control After A Steer Tire Blowout

This video shows a driver how to maintain control after a steer tire blowout

Anchorman's Comment
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Well besides the misleading title [Edit - Moderator changed the title], the video is very educational on how to handle a blowout. I'm not sure how someone came to a conclusion that a speed limiter would result in death during a blowout.

The video specifically states to leave yourself some extra power to deal with unexpected situations by not running your rig against the governor (speed limiter) all the time so you have some extra power in reserve.

Danny G.'s Comment
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Well besides the misleading title, the video is very educational on how to handle a blowout. I'm not sure how someone came to a conclusion that a speed limiter would result in death during a blowout.

The video specifically states to leave yourself some extra power to deal with unexpected situations by not running your rig against the governor (speed limiter) all the time so you have some extra power in reserve.

Yeah, it is a little misleading which is why I titled the thread "How to handle a blowout" which is what it's about and I guess as you stated yourself, if you run at the governed limit you have no option to compensate for the cross forces by adding extra forward momentum. I suppose what they are suggesting is to run a little lower than max governed so you've still got a little oomph left in case you need it.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Yeah, some people will try to bend almost anything for their own purposes. (Tire video says don't run at your governed limit or when a tire blows you can't accelerate out of the situation, and someone will die. Uh-huh. 😑)

I disagree with Benny P and the ATA. Unless your semi has only a couple thousand pounds (it's lightly loaded) you're not going have that extra power to accelerate and add any effective vectors (arrows) to your truck. So push that speedometer all the way up to 62.

G-Town's Comment
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The key is resisting the tendency and temptation to brake when a steer tire blows out. By braking in this situation weight from the drive set will shift to the steers making a difficult situation far worse.

Fortunately never lost a steer tire. All the more teason not to skip the pre-trip as Toonces in another thread, had mentioned her trainer encouraged her to do.

G-Town's Comment
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The key is resisting the tendency and temptation to brake when a steer tire blows out. By braking in this situation weight from the drive set will shift to the steers making a difficult situation far worse.

Fortunately never lost a steer tire. All the more teason not to skip the pre-trip as Toonces in another thread, had mentioned her trainer encouraged her to do.

Clarification, avoid the tendency to immediately "hard brake". Sorry hit send too quick. sorry.gif

Rob S.'s Comment
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The video made sense. It would have been a good one to see while in school. I'm not going to slow down from 62 though. As mentioned, proper braking and steering control are the primary tools if this happens.

Bill F.'s Comment
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Sounds like a crock to me. I'm going to do what I have been taught, and have experienced many times in 4 wheelers front and rear tire pressure loss. Let off the gas, don't hit the brakes, slow down safely. Hit the gas my hee-haw.

Charlie Mac's Comment
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Never lost a steer. That being said, when I've lost a trailer tire, 2/3 times I didn't even know... until another driver informed me on the radio

Pat M.'s Comment
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Step 1: get heart restarted

Step 2: Remember where you keep the clean shorts.

Step 3: Calmly got off road and stopped.

Step 4: Change Shorts

Step 5: Call the tire shop.

I blew a drop axle tire when pulling a 100k bridge beam this summer. It was the one right behind me too. Thought I lost a drive tire until the truck started shaking violently and realized it was a drop axle tire so I reached over and hit the switch to lift it. Tire shop wanted me to drive it in and I just laughed at them. Loaded and 135' long, I don't think so.

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