First Time To Ever See A Steer Tire Blowout

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Tom W.'s Comment
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Was heading down us-69 going through Oklahoma.

Truck in front of me suddenly swerves right. Crashes into the guardrail, entire tractor trailer jumps into the air and comes crashing down into the grass ditch.

Trailer door rolls up and cargo is flying everywhere. Passenger side diesel tank ruptures and floods the area.

Driver is okay. Did not see a scratch on him.

All this is from a blown steer tire. I admit to have been getting lazy and only bothering to gauge my truck tires once a week lately.

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Keith G.'s Comment
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Glad to hear the driver was ok!

With the terrible weather around right now I've been checking my rig with a fine tooth comb. Weather got so bad my -20 windshield fluid froze over, snapped a Airline, and had to replace the glad-hand seals on my trailer after the rubber froze. Certainly the season for accidents.

Matt M.'s Comment
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Steer tires are definitely the worst to lose, thankfully I haven't ever had one in a truck yet. Always good to know what to do so you don't make a poor decision at a critical time.

Basically you want to hit the accelerator until you get the truck under control. Here's an old video discussing it:

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Scary stuff man! Wow. It really is amazing how quickly things can happen out there. One moment you're just chillin out listening to tunes, the next moment there are truck parts flying everywhere. I've had trucks barrel roll right in front of me. It's surreal to watch something like that happen. You can believe what you're seeing.

Glad to hear the driver was ok and you weren't involved. For you, that's called learning a lesson the easy way. For him, that was a hard lesson learned. He sure was luck though. It obviously could have been even worse.

Splitter's Comment
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Steer tires are definitely the worst to lose, thankfully I haven't ever had one in a truck yet. Always good to know what to do so you don't make a poor decision at a critical time.

Basically you want to hit the accelerator until you get the truck under control. Here's an old video discussing it:

I would’ve never imagined that accelerating would be the correct maneuver in such a freakin scary situation. Thanks Matt M. for the advise & video.

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