I drive quite a long distance to get to my current job, and encounter many, many large trucks along the highway. These things have come to epitomize danger on wheels for me of late.
Yesterday, for the second time in a week, a large chunk of truck tire tread came hurtling at my windshield and hit it with disturbing force. The window is still in one piece, for now.
I've seen trucks travelling along as one of their tires shreds to pieces, flinging heavy rubber in all directions and sending surrounding vehicles scattering to avoid a collision. The truck drivers are seemingly unaware this chaos is happening, even though it often takes several minutes to shred a large tire bare.
Many of these trucks can travel along unaffected by the loss of a tire; they have 17 others to keep them on the road. And again, they're so big and loud, their drivers may not even be aware what's happening.
There are some truck drivers who are very aware about the trouble their trucks are causing, because they address it right on the outside of the vehicles.
Gravel-hauling dumptrucks, a rock from one of which once broke my windshield just a week after I bought my car, invariably have a sticker reading:
NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BROKEN WINDSHIELDS!
Hey chief, I'm not sure that's correct. I think all vehicle operators are required to secure their payloads. I'll have to check the state statutes, but while I do, here's my sticker for you:
NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BRICKS FLYING FROM THIS VEHICLE'S WINDOWS AND SMASHING THE WINDSHIELDS OF TRUCKS LIKE YOURS!
Who do these assholes think they are? If a piece of your vehicle (or of its cargo) comes loose and damages someone or something, you may well have to answer in court, bucko. So put that in your Confederate flag and burn it!
The wheels of commerce will keep spinning, and indeed they must. It's just unfortunate that they'll keep on flinging dangerous crap at us in the process.