When we open our eyes every morning, none of us know if we’ll be around to go back to bed that night. Anything can happen, from a tiny piece of plaque breaking loose inside an artery and going to the heart, to a tree falling on our house, some fool texting or running a red light and hitting us, or a tire blowing out. Those things happen every day.
Lately RV tire blowouts seem to be on the upswing. A little over a week ago our friends Greg and Jan White had a front tire blowout that did over $12,000 worth of damage to their motorhome. Fortunately, Greg is an excellent driver and managed to keep it under control and nobody was injured. You can see pictures of some of the damage at this link.
Chris Yust of C&C Insurance told me that besides Greg and Jan, two other customers have had tire-related accident in the last week. And then there’s this video from the Louisiana State Police showing a diesel pusher going off the road on Interstate 10 in Ascension Parish and crashing.
So what can you do to avoid an accident like this? Obviously, preventive maintenance goes a long way. Check your tires before very trip. Don’t just walk around and glance at them, and do not depend on a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) alone. While a good TPMS like the TireTraker is invaluable, and I would not travel without mine, you still need to get down and actually inspect your tires. Look for uneven wear, run your hands over the surface to feel for anything that might be stuck in a tire. It only takes a couple of minutes, but it can save your life or save you from major damage to your RV.
Somebody told me we wasted money last week when we replaced all six of our four year old Goodyear tires when we discovered that two of them were separating. Yes, we could have just replaced the two bad tires, and maybe we’d have been fine. But when one third of a set of tires purchased at the same time fail, I think the odds are pretty good that you’ll see more problems. Is it really worth the risk? How much is your life worth?
And yet, you can be the safest driver in the world, you can spend hours inspecting your equipment before you ever turn the key to begin a trip, you can have every kind of safety monitor, fire extinguisher, and other accessory in the world, and life is still a crapshoot. It was a piece of road debris kicked up by a passing eighteen wheeler that caused Greg’s tire to blow.
So should you stop traveling, stay off the road, even stay in bed where it’s safe and sound? What fun would that be? As Jimmy Buffett says in one of his songs, I’d rather die while I’m living than live like I’m dead. Besides, if you stay in bed, who knows? That tree I talked about could come crashing through the roof!
Thought For The Day – A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles. – Edward Abbey