05/12/2015 // 1800 Truck Wreck // (press release)
A local newspaper recently reported on a disturbing situation: many tractor-trailers are being driven faster than the 75 miles per hour that their tires are designed to handle. This practice has been linked to wrecks and blowouts, but, according to the news report, highway officials have not been responsive.
Most truck tires are designed to maintain a maximum sustained speed of 75 miles per hour. This is, in part, because truck drivers were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 miles per hour. But, in recent years, states have raised the speed limits for tractor trailers. In Texas, drivers may now go up to 85 miles per hour. Unfortunately, many people who should know about tire limits do not. For example, truck drivers and law makers who set speed limits have professed ignorance of tire ratings.
Safety advocates and tire experts have stated that habitually driving faster than a tire was designed to be driven can lead to problems. Doing so generates excessive heat. This heat damages the tire’s rubber and can lead to disastrous consequences. According to the newspaper’s statistics, forty people died in big rig tire-related crashes in 2009. That number rose to 52 in 2013, the latest year for which statistics are available.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contends that the most effective way to curb the problem is to impose a regulation to require devices that would prevent trucks from going over 75 miles per hour. But the proposed measure has stalled.
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