Summer Heat Takes a Toll on Tractor-Trailer Tires

Having endured one of the hottest summers on record, people throughout the United States don’t need to look far to see the impact the high temperatures have had. Yellow front lawns. Hefty AC bills. Low water levels in lakes and rivers.

And here’s another frequent reminder. Straps of worn rubber strewn across the roadways.

Even under normal summer weather conditions, tractor-trailer tires endure heat in excess of 160 degrees. That’s the type of friction created when a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds cruises at speeds of 65 mph and up. And though tires are designed to withstand such a beating, the heat often leads to tire shredding, a dangerous occurrence that sends chunks of rubber into the paths of oncoming passenger cars.

As result, it’s important that drivers take even greater precaution when sharing the road with a big rig. To help avoid a catastrophic truck accident, leave even more distance between you and tractor-trailers than you normally do, and avoid same-speed cruising in the lane next to a tractor-trailer.

Have you been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, bus or other commercial vehicle? If so, contact personal injury attorney Michael Leizerman at 419-243-1010.

(Photo credit: www.abcnews.com)

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