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I know all of us love speed and such, but remember to be really careful - especially if you like going fast. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR TIRES!

Just watch a couple clips of cars dong just 85 mph and blowing out a tire, not good. Now think of it at 100, 120 etc... Your in for perhaps the fight of your life not to mention the cars.

 

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So true but what's sad, the majority of ppl on the road don't even check there tires.

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Man, not much warning when those tires go! You're basically just in for the ride it seems... Scary stuff.
Big time! No warning and bam! Your in a really dangerous situation. Maybe this will prevent someone from making a huge mistake and going like 140 on the highway. It just isn't worth it.
 

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When the tire blows stay off the brakes!!! The first two looked like they could have been saved if handled right, basically do nothing except get off the throttle and let the car slow down on its own. But yeah, scary stuff and I've slowed down a little in my older age.

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I think it's just human nature to hit the brakes when you hear that loud sound - but I agree, would be better off if you didn't. Now if we can just remember that if/when the "oh crap!" moment comes... Hopefully, it never comes though!
 

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We really dodged a bullet a few weeks ago. Took my Wife's 328XI on an hour long trip. I don't drive it much and it sits a lot. It has the "dumb" tire pressure sensors many cars do and the warning light was on. We were running late so we drove it about an hour to a party and stayed for a few hours. That was mistake number one, but those dumb warnings occur so often it is human nature not to take them all that seriously right? When we got out I remembered about the tire pressure warning and I looked at the tires. The low profile winter tires looked fine. Mistake number two was not having even a cheap tire gauge in the car. Anyways we made it about halfway home and it was clear that a tire was having issues. I pulled over into a rest area and examined all the tires. The right front was hot to the touch. I had a cheap 12v air pump so I aired up the tire. Mistake number three was buying one of those without a pressure gauge. After about ten minutes I felt like the best bet was to give up on my weak ass pump, drive to the next exit and hit a gas station. I had checked the tire for a foreign object and I didn't find anything. Soon after we left the rest area it was clear that the tire was just shot. It was vibrating badly on the highway, even at only 40mph. It was a mere half mile to the ramp so we got off and drove about another half mile to a gas station where I changed the tire. As you can see...the sidewall...which I had examined only minutes before...is gone. It turned out that my pothole loving Wife had a badly bent front strut that was invisible to a visual examination. There was no sign of rubbing. I did do some low speed turning at the gas station which may have caused some of it. But it is scary how fast the tire when to hell at less than 60mph. It also proved to me that it is nearly impossible to judge air levels in low profile tires, especially snow tires. Luckily the rim survived and I actually had a spare snow tire...I had replaced a pair and kept the best of the two just in case...my Wife has quite a track record!
 

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