Last August I was involved in a near fatal car accident. Luckily everyone came out okay. It’s stayed with me, however, and I’m a little paranoid because of the seemingly random nature of the accident.
We were driving late at night on the interstate, myself, my cousin, and my mother. We were in my mother’s car. There was no kind of alcohol or substance use involved (we were getting my cousin from the airport). I was behind the wheel and it was around 3:30AM, but was awake and alert. I’m going at about 65 to 70, cruise control on, when suddenly the left rear tire bursts—completely. The car starts sliding—I suppose they seized up or something. I try to control it—but as you may know if you’ve ever been in a similar situation and have lived to tell, there’s not really much you can do. The car slides for, who knows, an eighth of a mile before it spins out of control. It spun three times and winds up on the grassy median of the interstate. Luckily it was late and there was not a lot of traffic behind us, or I wouldn’t be writing to tell of this. I guess we were equally lucky it spun to the left instead of to the right, since that may not have ended well either.
A few things put us at risk, apparently. For one, the tires hadn’t been rotated in a while. But on top of that, the burst tire was apparently put on improperly…something about the tread; I don’t know, the gentleman behind us who stopped at the scene of the accident to help told us this. But this has stayed with me. And I just can’t figure out how something that random can happen.
Either way, I just want some general safety advice because I’d like to do all I can to prevent this from recurring.