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Folks two of my mates were in the above car today on the motorway (m60). A car near them had a blow out and careered into them. Their car slid and then rolled.

It took emergency services 2 hours to cut them out of this brand new mini. By the grace of God they only have mild concussion injuries I'm told so far.

Low air pressure is worse than too much pressure so check your tyres etc.
 

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Holy crap, that looks bad mate, at least everyone walked away! Its scary how easy it is for something like this to happen, but can be prevented so easily
 

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Glad initial indications are that they are OK.

The cause for the blowout may not have been down to low pressure, unless you know otherwise.

It's possible the wheel could have hit a pot hole and weakened the sidewall of the tyre. This normally causes the tyre to bulge but if it's on the inside sidewall, it's not obvious until it's too late.

You are correct to raise the issue as very few people seem to do the basic checks these days and rely on warning systems too much.

I know people who would spend all day cleaning their car but not spare 5 mins to check levels and tyre pressures.
 

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Recently, I've heard of a few blow outs whereas a few years ago they had all but didappeared due to better tyre construction. I honestly believe the recent rise is down to the poor state of the roads.
 

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Recently, I've heard of a few blow outs whereas a few years ago they had all but didappeared due to better tyre construction. I honrstly believe the recent rise is down to the poor state of the roads.
I agree when Iast had my tracking done I was under the car and noticed both back tyres had bulges on the inside due to damaged walls so I bought new tyres straight away

It made me shiver as they could have blown at any time. I now keep an eye on them

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Bob for defo I think you are right. The roads are shocking and very likely to be the cause.
 

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cuprabob said:
Glad initial indications are that they are OK.

The cause for the blowout may not have been down to low pressure, unless you know otherwise.

It's possible the wheel could have hit a pot hole and weakened the sidewall of the tyre. This normally causes the tyre to bulge but if it's on the inside sidewall, it's not obvious until it's too late.

You are correct to raise the issue as very few people seem to do the basic checks these days and rely on warning systems too much.

I know people who would spend all day cleaning their car but not spare 5 mins to check levels and tyre pressures.
Yeah agree with the spend all day cleaning but no checking the basic,
But all so think with modern cars ppl/owners relie on the car to tell them ie
Tyre pressure sensors
Oil Levels
Water Levels
Which personally i think is wrong,
Knowing those wee basic's about a vehicle, can save money and life's aswell.

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Vrt
 

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I have to admit I rely on my tyre pressure indicator. I've got a slow puncture as the indicator has gone of a few times now (weeks later after pumping back up)
 

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Ye bob ur right (again lol), Ive hit 2 potholes in the last year (on the m74, claiming this time tho), tyre looked a bit on the low side next day, took to kwikfit (for all my sins) as the stupid alloy valve cap had seized itself into the valve (previous owner as I'd only had the car 2 days), they said they needed a new valve so wheel off and they said that they couldn't do it and showed me that there was a bulge on the inside tyre wall. £160 lighter and 5 minutes later but I was glad I went there as I didn't have a clue it was there.
 

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I'm forever checking my tyres after having a blowout hitting a pothole in my old Clio, just to be safe.

Glad your friends are OK, shame we have people on the road that don't care about the maintenance of their cars.
 

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I have a monthly checklist for this sort of stuff, wouldn't expect the above as a consequence though!!

Glad they are ok, minis are crap anyway :p
 

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the state of some peoples tyres that are down to the wires that say they will leave them for now when we point it they need changing as they are dangerous is frightening
 
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i had some years ago when i was parking in our close and one of my neighbours considered a turning circle was there property and promptly went round putting plasterer nails in peoples tyres and i had a blow out just joining the A13 at 70mph....
at the time i thought i was unlucky and must have drove over the nail, police said lucky the car hadnt flipped and i felt quilty as hell as i had my three girls in the car. talking to someone up the road she was telling me she had the same issue only a week earlier but her tyre was flat when she got to it and it was a plasterers tack and the only common area was we both parked in area which the road used as 3 point turning area. got the said old fool back, not a proud moment in my life, even though he finally admitted to me, at court he didnt and stuck to his story that i attacked him in the street.. i dont think that hitting a 50 year man is something to be proud of but when i said to him that i had my girls with me and the youngest no longer wanted to travel by car because of the accident hes response was that we shouldnt park where we did. Despite neighbours coming to my aid the judge still saw in his favour........

two months later his car was targetted by vandals and even though i was re arrested but it didnt go to court.... i agree about the need to check tyres but with fools such as him putting nails in the tyres you cant count for idiots like that.
 

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Its incidents like this that do make other road users more aware on checking the basics. Hope your mates are all ok Bob must of been horrifying for them.
 

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i had some years ago when i was parking in our close and one of my neighbours considered a turning circle was there property and promptly went round putting plasterer nails in peoples tyres and i had a blow out just joining the A13 at 70mph....
at the time i thought i was unlucky and must have drove over the nail, police said lucky the car hadnt flipped and i felt quilty as hell as i had my three girls in the car. talking to someone up the road she was telling me she had the same issue only a week earlier but her tyre was flat when she got to it and it was a plasterers tack and the only common area was we both parked in area which the road used as 3 point turning area. got the said old fool back, not a proud moment in my life, even though he finally admitted to me, at court he didnt and stuck to his story that i attacked him in the street.. i dont think that hitting a 50 year man is something to be proud of but when i said to him that i had my girls with me and the youngest no longer wanted to travel by car because of the accident hes response was that we shouldnt park where we did. Despite neighbours coming to my aid the judge still saw in his favour........

two months later his car was targetted by vandals and even though i was re arrested but it didnt go to court.... i agree about the need to check tyres but with fools such as him putting nails in the tyres you cant count for idiots like that.
I'm not a violent guy but I think I'd of done the same in your situation...
 
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