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3 common causes of truck tire blowouts

When you are on the road, you need to be constantly aware of the drivers around you and any potential risk they pose. As a responsible driver, you probably know to be particularly careful around 18-wheelers. There are many reasons why semi-trucks are liable to be dangerous; drivers might be sleepy, they cannot slow down as quickly as cars and, of course, they are far bigger than other vehicles on the road.

These are just a few reasons why it is so treacherous when an 18-wheeler experiences a blown-out tire. A blowout can easily cause an accident, and it is more common than you might think. Consider the following reasons why semi-trucks often experience tire blowouts that can cause accidents. 

1. Lack of maintenance

There are several essential steps every truck driver must follow in order to maintain their tires. These include inspecting tires regularly, keeping them properly inflated and retreading them whenever it becomes necessary. These steps might seem easy enough, but too many truckers fail to keep on top of tire maintenance. The result can be a blowout if tires fall into disrepair. 

2. Carrying excess weight

Semi-trucks have strict weight limits that trucking companies, loading dock workers and truck operators should never exceed. According to the Federal Highway Administration, regulations stipulate that semi-trucks with single axles cannot carry more than 20,000 lbs. Trucks with axles spacing in excess of 40 inches are limited to carrying 34,000 lbs. Regardless of a truck's specifications, it cannot legally exceed 80,000 lbs. Violation of these limits subjects tires to pressure that can cause blowouts.

3. Poor road conditions 

Sometimes tire blowouts are not due to driver negligence or violation of laws. Sometimes they happen due to unfortunate conditions on the road. If the pavement is poorly maintained and a truck hits a pothole, for example, it can easily cause a blowout that can then lead to a collision. Truck drivers should be careful to avoid such hazards on the road. 

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