Act of moral turpitude need help

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Tripp68, May 18, 2022.

  1. bigguns

    bigguns Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2013
    Tires with a diagonal wear pattern like this are the result of broken belts. The wear doesn’t happen all at once. I could give the benefit of doubt on the pretrip as that spot could have been on the bottom and thus not visible.
    Being a broken belt and loaded would it have blown? Hard to tell.
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  3. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Okay, it looks as if the OP bailed, and sadly, what we have here, is the "tail wagging the dog", since this post has gone to the dogs anyway. Not to call a spade a spade, this person may be able to steer a truck, but they lack the knowledge to make an accurate decision on what to do. It's not their fault, really, it's just our society today, to a seasoned driver, this is no big deal. Cripes, I've dragged so many wagons with bad tires, and made it, this person would plotz. Again, they have safety in mind, and we can't admonish that, but sometimes, in a business like trucking, you simply have to do better than this or you won't make a dime. Imagine if a REAL issue came up, what would they do? It's usually what happens when a person from a non-trucking background, goes into this field. They are unprepared to make a logical decision, and in this case, their honesty cost them a career. Sorry, to be a trucker, you have to be part rebel, even today. Nice guys obviously finish last here.
  4. tlalokay

    tlalokay Medium Load Member

    Jun 3, 2014
    El Paso, TX
    I think the OP's first mistake was in assuming the trucking industry has anything to do with "morality".

    Most trucking outfits care about their bottom line unless you force them to show they're willing to spend more just to spite you, like in this case.

    I don't think it was about the tire, "wabble", road side service, or even the money- not for the driver or the company. This was about how to handle the situation, like another commentator mentioned. Sometimes people who run companies just want to know that an employee will take directions/orders. Sometimes drivers and employees just want to know that their $.05 is worth something to the people their working for. When those two agendas clash, usually the employee loses, especially one that hasn't yet built up credibility with the company.

    Even if the driver missed the uneven tread wear by it sitting on the bottom during an inspection [happens to me all the time], he definitely felt that "wabble" after driving. Maybe it was due to the uneven tread wear; maybe it was due to different size tires on the same axle. Who knows?

    Changing out the tire doesn't mean the "wabble" would disappear. Uneven tread wear is not the end of the world, for sure. The company was willing to swap out the tire at their yard. This driver went nuclear option [as far as the company is concerned] over uneven tread wear. They simply cut their losses here with a tow.

    As for sabotaging the equipment I'm riding on- some of you guys are evil geniuses. It would never occur to me to do so.
  5. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    Did you actually type "plotz?"
  6. Boondock

    Boondock Road Train Member

    Jul 20, 2019
  7. pete781693

    pete781693 Heavy Load Member

    Oct 23, 2010
    A good pre-trip inspection would have found this.

    If it was pre-loaded then you did the right thing to notify them of a problem; however, if that was the worst spot , then driving reasonably, you probably could have made it to the shop, or to the first DOT inspection.
  8. teams567

    teams567 Light Load Member

    Jan 3, 2022
    Depends also on the time of year and where you are driving.

    Summer I would not move it. If it's 10 degrees and I'm in Wisconsin going a short distance maybe.
  9. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    One morning a couple years ago I was headed over the Bay Bridge with window down when I heard a tire blow. I pulled off at the next exit to take a look. It was an inside trailer tire.

    I had a light load on with no hazmat so I finished the run. Better to fix it in the yard than on the side of the highway.
  10. Elroythekid

    Elroythekid Road Train Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    Halifax Nova Scotia
    Only cheaper depending on what deal he gets form the tow company, and how much he owes the op and keeps?
  11. fairshake

    fairshake Road Train Member

    Oct 4, 2010
    Chickenville, BFE
    Driver hammer down to Bakersfield, that tire is good for another 10k. Git er done.
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