Flat tyres

Loki

Member
I’ve just driven 82 miles north on the m6 and counted 49 complete tyre treads, full tyres and entire wheels just on the n side. That’s 49 vehicles recently driving with one wheel less than they thought they had on a pretty short section of road!
Is that mildly terrifying?
 

Loki

Member
I should clarify they were all lying in the centre reservation or on the grass or in hard shoulder.
 

pwhole

Well-known member
I sometimes wonder if it's the driving equivalent of the single old boot found in many lead mines. We drove from Sheffield up the M18/M62 to Goole today and I must have seen at least 30 tyres in a similar situation in each direction. Mind you, when I pointed out to the driver how many there were, he hadn't noticed any of them. At least he's concentrating on the road! ;)
 

tomferry

Active member
These chaps left a lot more than that .

Didn’t even finish their gin
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Flotsam

Member
Some years ago when caving in the Julian Alps between Yugoslavia and Italy we found lots of old boots on what used to be a WW1 battlefield, You could also see where shells had burst on the crags.
 

Ian Ball

Well-known member
It's an interesting thing, I thought it was because the glue used to stick on the treads melted if they go too fast.
 

tomferry

Active member
Makes me laugh thinking of them drinking gin at the working face . I wonder why they left a half full bottle their could obviously be other things inside, I didn’t want to touch the cork to smell it as it would perish .
 

wormster

Member
I went all the way from Oxford to Canterbury and back today, I didn’t see more than a handful of tyres (mostly shredded van/truck type) perhaps it says something about T’hardness of the road “Opp North”, compared with softy shandy drinking Southern roads. Either that or around the M40, M25 etc it’s a stricter clean up policy.
 

pwhole

Well-known member
Yesterday we did the M1 from Nottingham to Sheffield, and I literally lost count before we even got to Bolsover, and I wasn't driving - I'm guessing over 30. At one point I saw five in less than a mile. Most had silt/gravel buildup on their leading side, meaning you couldn't see them as well from the driver's position - if you hit that lot at 70 mph you'd know about it.
 
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