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Dangerous. Have you ever seen it?

Driving to London today (bloody train strike!) I couldn’t fail to notice all the shredded lorry tyres by the side of the A roads, A1 and A14 in particular. This rather concerned me as it seems so dangerous to drive with tyres so degraded they could shred, and so dangerous for the car driving behind if it hits the obstruction. The thing is, I have never actually seen this happen. Have you?
Rutland, England


  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    No I haven't thank goodness. I should think it would be a scary position to be in.

    I was driving back from Carlisle towards Dumfries yesterday and a section of the A75 had road works. They were renewing or relaying wide bands of large pebbles at the side of the carriageway. My guess would be that it aids drainage but the pebbles get scattered over the road when vehicles clip them. Perfect for shattering windscreens. 
    Dangerous but no doubt the method is used over the rest of the UK.
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,668
    I've seen shredded tyres but haven't seen it happen. Once, when driving on a motorway in the rain and the dark, my car jumped then got slower and slower. Just made it to a service station. There was part of a lorry exhaust pipe sticking out of the front of my car.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,644
    I have. Many years ago, I was in the front passenger seat, OH driving, M180 (just joined from the M18). A lorry some way in front suddenly wobbled around and got onto the hard shoulder, leaving big chunks of tyre in its wake, and two metal rings (not sure what the proper name is) came rolling down the road towards us. Fortunately it was daytime so we could see them coming, and it wasn't busy so OH was able to quickly pull out into the right-hand lane and avoid being hit by them.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • We were in hubby's very rare and rather expensive sports car on the M6 behind a car with three bikes on a rack at the back. The back bike came off, bounced about 15ft in front of us then jumped right over the car and landed on the central barrier. 

  • @Angelicant.  Good grief! How terrifying. We had that happen when a wheel bounced in front of us and went straight over the top of us,but a whole motor bike 😳😵😵
    The whole truth is an instrument that can only be played by an expert.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,282
    A long time ago as a student, I bought a remould tyre.(I was skint and the moggy needed a new tyre) I drove to Nottingham . On the way back I stopped at a petrol station. My new remould tyre was suddenly completely bald.   I drove home very slowly and carefully and I have only ever bought brand new high quality tyres like Michelin or Dunlop since.  I also had a brake line problem.  First set of traffic lights, brakes worked. Second set, seemed a bit spongy. Third set didn't work at all,(no brake fluid left) and I came to a halt in the middle of crossroads on the handbrake,  shaking like a leaf.
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