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    Beware of passing 18 wheelers

    I was driving on I-5 in San Diego this morning trailing a newer Nissan Altima in the #4 lane and an 18 wheeler in the next lane. All of a sudden there was a lot of dust and debris, and the Nissan starts wobbling and hard braking before the driver pulled over to the side of the road. I pulled in behind to see what happened and if I could help.

    The first thing I noticed was that the driver-side fenders and doors are dimpled, like someone ran past and randomly hit it with a mallet. The driver was a little shaken but OK. He explained that he heard a bang and realized that the big rig blew a tire, and the treads just peppered his car. Poor guy wasn't even aware of the damage until he got out and saw all the dents.

    His car was OK to drive otherwise. I gave him my contact information and told him I would provide an account of what I saw. The truck driver never stopped, but probably didn't realize what happened.

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    Re: Beware of passing 18 wheelers

    Retreads are bad about that.

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    Re: Beware of passing 18 wheelers

    hopefully he got the trucks license plate or at least the operator number on the back...
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    Re: Beware of passing 18 wheelers

    Know many people in the Roush world that have had those re-treads destroy the front of the car and more...


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    Re: Beware of passing 18 wheelers

    I hit a retread on the interstate one night, crushed the front of my Volvo ripped off some of the coverings under the car. Wasn't a pretty situation. Most insurance companies consider it an act of God. If it was moving, then you can claim it...if it's sitting on the road, it's your own fault.
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    Re: Beware of passing 18 wheelers

    My dad hit one in his car, worst part is he really does care! He has a lexus es and it has a little plastic grill in the front bumper, the tire tread cracked it all and busted and cracked his lower bumber! Plus his car is peppered with rock chips It makes me sad looking at the front of his car haha

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    Re: Beware of passing 18 wheelers

    I saw one blow out next to me. I was just thankful I wasnt behind it and didnt get it.

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    Re: Beware of passing 18 wheelers

    Yikes, glad to hear everyone was ok. I've had a small piece hit the side of my truck a while back and dented the back passenger door. I had my windows open too. The dangerous part would have been if that piece of tread was a bit higher then it would have gone into the cab. The sound of that small piece of rubber sounded like a sledge hammer hit my truck. I could only imagine what it was like for that driver you were trailing.
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    Re: Beware of passing 18 wheelers

    I know they are here and there on the highways in CA, but aren't re-treads actually illegal in the state? Something I heard at one point; curious if anyone knows.


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    Re: Beware of passing 18 wheelers

    Quote Originally Posted by roushstage2 View Post
    I know they are here and there on the highways in CA, but aren't re-treads actually illegal in the state? Something I heard at one point; curious if anyone knows.
    Don't think so...I can ask my dad, he drives a truck all over the US.

    Also, re-treads are not always the cause. Many times the tires are not properly inflated, plus the added weight from the trailers and heat from the road cause the tires to blow out. Many shipping companies will intentionally overload their trailers because the savings in shipping costs for a second trip are less than the cost of overwight tickets.
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