Anyone had a steer tire blowout while driving?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Lennythedriver, Jul 30, 2021.

  1. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Heavy Load Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    I’ve been meaning to post this for about a week but haven’t had the time. I saw a crash that happened about an eighth of a mile in front of me up in Indiana about 10 days ago. Pretty bad.

    so I’m behind this truck and all the sudden I see a puff of white smoke and the truck veer to the right sharply and it hits the guard rail and runs right through it pelting it back for a short distance and then over embankment that drops about 30 feet down and came to arrest on its side. Lucky for the driver he rode that guard rail a bit before going in the ditch as it slowed him down. Peeled it back like a toy a good thirty feet. The driver was #### lucky he didn’t have a passenger or anyone in the cab with him because they would’ve been dead. The only portion of the cab as I ran up to help, that was still intact happened to be where he was sitting because it came to arrest on the driver’s right side. I Help this guy climb out and he’s telling me over and over his front right tire blew out and he lost control of the truck immediately. He said he had no chance.

    Now I know steer tires don’t blowout very often as I’ve asked a lot of old-timers and most of them say they never had one or it’s only happened once. Have any of you had this happen? Were you able to maintain control of your truck?

    I was thinking about being on a tall bridge when something like that happened would not be good.
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  3. TheMightyWaffle

    TheMightyWaffle Bobtail Member

    Jul 30, 2021
    My brother and I blew a steer going up hwy 40 near Winter Park Colorado. Thankfully we were going up hill and ate the mountain side and not the guard rail side. (owner put 15 year old tires on the truck). Even at 35 mph we were just along for the ride.
  4. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    omaha , ne
    I'm really fussy with tires and they are high qaulity and go away long before they hit legal limits .
    No willpops for me!
  5. LoboSolo

    LoboSolo Medium Load Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Highway 20
    Driver probably stomped on the brakes, instead of stomping on the gas pedal to straighten the rig out first. Stomping on the brake in a truck increases the bend, and thats how you end up in the ditch, or the median, or dead.

    Somewhere on this forum was a great video or diagrams posted about 2, or 3, or 4 years ago explaining the why and how of the physics involved when you blow a steer tire, and what to do. I give that poster a Gold Star and a piece of pie - I read it, and it worked for me.

    I blew the right steer going 68 mph. Truck was empty. I had heard something a few miles before the blowout, sounded like I drove over a piece of metal and it clanged like throwing a 1 1/2" combination wrench across concrete. When the tire blew, I stomped on the gas, held on tight, watched the tire go flying/bouncing away.

    Now rolling on the rim, got off the gas, stayed off all the pedals, and let er roll out until I stopped about 400 yards down the road.

    Never left my lane, and got on the shoulder, steering was feeling more like manual but it wasn't tough. Still had clean underwear. Left 2 scratched tracks in the concrete roadway. New tire and wheel, I was back in business.
  6. shatteredsquare

    shatteredsquare Heavy Load Member

    May 23, 2014
    middle dirt
    there's a good video to give you peace of mind about survivability, even in a supposed "blow out", it can really only be what they call a rapid loss of pressure, and as long as 1. driver reaction doesn't make it worse/catastrophic, and 2. driver was already maintaining appropriate speed and following distance (not hauling az and tailgating or throwing it through a corner at 15mph over) there's no reason why you couldn't bring the rig safely to a halt wheels still down. a steer tire rapid loss of pressure does not throw the rig off the road into a guard rail

  7. lester

    lester Road Train Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    NW, Iowa
    I blew one running the interstate at probably 70mph loaded, don't remember it being a big deal. Heard it start to go and the tire went down fast. Shredded the tire and destroyed the inner fender of that 377. Pulled to the shoulder and called tire shop. Was 20 years ago
  8. Noremorse

    Noremorse Bobtail Member

    Jan 28, 2021
    I had 2 blow on me. Had driver side blow just outside of Effingham, Illinois on 70 then 1 week to the day passenger side blew. Blew open my hood and knocked my headlight out. They were both my fault I bought used tires because I had uneven wear and I did some work on front end and didnt want to waist money on 2 new tires if what I did hadn't fixed the issue
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  9. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Theres a video on youtube of a cement mixer that blew a steer and it was practically on its side in the ditch before the driver even had enough time to realize what was happening. I also think he died in the accident as well.
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  10. TJB15

    TJB15 Bobtail Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    I've never had one blow up but I did I e time run over something with passenger steer. Truck dropped sharply to passenger side and then suddenly I watched my right steer tire (Bridgestone r280 lp 24.5) flying through the air off to my side and over the fence alongside the highway. I was running about 70 empty on dry pavement. Coasted to a stop never lost steering just hindered it some rim was pitted somewhat along both beads. Had a tire guy come out put on used tire and on I went. Didn't seem a big deal. May have just been lucky. Only occurrence in 23 years. (so far)
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  11. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

    Dec 26, 2011
    Portales, NM
    Blew one back in December. Fully loaded tanker going 70. Held the wheel steady and eased it slowly to the shoulder. No brake and just let it coast. It sure felt like forever trying to slow that thing down on throttle reduction alone.
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