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Truck speeds could lead to dangerous tire conditions

When you think of speed limit increases, you may think about how easy it is to go too fast in rural areas. Indeed, the speed limit on Wisconsin interstates is 65 miles per hour, but it is common for people to drive above the speed limit. The same could be said for semi-truck drivers. With deadlines to meet and hours of service regulations affecting how long drivers can be on the road, it is not surprising to see the behemoths of the road travelling faster than they should.

Even though Wisconsin is not one of the handful of states that allows trucks to travel at speeds of 75 miles per hour or higher, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is still concerned about big rigs going that fast. The trepidation is based on the potential failure of a truck's tires. 

Essentially, a truck accident investigation last fall found that the tires failed ostensibly because they were not meant to travel at such high speeds for extended periods of time. (The truck was reportedly going at least 75 miles per hour when the tire blew out). The heat generated from the road could cause a tire to fail.

Moreover, it has been found that many tire manufacturers do not test their tires at high speeds for long periods of time. So it is unknown what a tire's threshold would be before it could be compromised. As such, truck drivers must be diligent in using reasonable care while behind the wheel in maintaining proper speeds. 

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