I Swear It Was There During My Pre-trip

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Greg M.'s Comment
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Had an interesting morning yesterday.

I was heading north on I71 between Cincinnati and Columbus. I was in the right lane with cruise set at 67 when a large box truck started passing me on the left. We were just about even when I heard the load bang of a tire blowing.

I immediately started slowing and scanning my mirrors but did not see any issues with my truck and it was driving fine. The box truck rapidly slowed down and headed for the berm. Since I wasn't noticing anything I figured it must have been him. I was just about ready to get back up to speed when the truck gave a slight lurch to the left and started shaking back and forth. As I headed for the berm out of the corner of my eye I saw what remained of my left front tire exiting the scene.

Once I got pulled over I looked down the south bound side and thankfully did not see any sign that the runaway tire had caused any issues. I had just finished making my initial phone calls when I hear a tap on the passenger side window. Look over and there was an Ohio State Patrol officer staring at me. He just wanted to know if I was ok and if I needed anything. I told him about the MIA tire and he seemed to already know about it and knew where it had ended up. Shortly after he left I saw an ODOT work truck stop in the general area, I assume he was picking up what was left of the tire.

All in all I got very lucky. I only had about 18K on and was on nice straight highway without any traffic around. I am confused about the delay in the sound of the tire blowing and the truck reacting. When it blew initially I did not feel anything at all through the steering wheel, that came a good 30-45 seconds later.

Road side service was there in about 2 1/2 hours with a new wheel and tire. Boss sent me a copt of his bill and it was $909. I actually don't think that was too bad for tire, wheel, service call and labor. Ended up the day with only 28 min left on my 14.

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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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Road side service was there in about 2 1/2 hours with a new wheel and tire. Boss sent me a copt of his bill and it was $909. I actually don't think that was too bad for tire, wheel, service call and labor.

That is a prodigious bargain. I don't know how you could have gotten all that for that price.

I have never experienced a steer tire blow out. You make it sound relatively routine. I am glad for you. I am confident when I do experience one it will be more traumatic than yours.

PackRat's Comment
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Here's mine from last year.

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Greg M.'s Comment
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He said that the Loves quote was over twice as much.

This blow out was pretty uneventful. I had a couple back in the old dump truck driving days that were much more exciting. One time I had the tread separate on the front tire of on old GMC Brigadier dump truck. The tread stayed partially attached and beat up the hood so bad that it broke the latches and swung forward while I was still moving. Also left a trail of metal and fiberglass shrapnel behind me. This happened right in the middle of Indian Hill, Ohio, a very affluent Cincinnati suburb. They had a city crew there sweeping up the street within 30 minutes on a Saturday.

That is a prodigious bargain. I don't know how you could have gotten all that for that price.

I have never experienced a steer tire blow out. You make it sound relatively routine. I am glad for you. I am confident when I do experience one it will be more traumatic than yours.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Great save! 👍

I had a guy blow a steer tire while passing me between his swerving all the debris flying and myself trying to get out of his way I definitely wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of one of those.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Navypoppop's Comment
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I lost a right front to a blowout in a Mack with Dayton wheels back in 1972. That was an eye opener getting stopped on the shoulder.

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