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Old 04-05-2013, 11:26 AM   #85
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Why not mandate a lower the speed limit. That would make the roads safer too. You can not fix everything.

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Old 04-05-2013, 12:18 PM   #86
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Originally Posted by Clefor
Why not mandate a lower the speed limit. That would make the roads safer too. You can not fix everything.
I'm with you! Also mandate tires must be replaced at 5 years of ago. We could save everybody.

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Old 04-05-2013, 09:26 PM   #87
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I think the real question is... Does the change result in reduced deaths and reduced injury and reduced total cost.
So first all the nay sayers need to agree on what someone's life is worth.

Over the last 40 years a lot of safety regulations have been imposed. I won't say they are all equally effective but if you look at the fatality rate it is hard to say that there has not been significant progress along with hundreds of thousands of lives saved.
Certainly some regulations have been very cost effective i.e. seat belts while others less so. TPMS were mandated because hundreds were dieing because they were running tires about 40% low. The hope was that some lives would be saved if the car companies spent what amounts to $10 per year for first 5 years of a car's use.
It would have been less expensive if people would check their own air but too many refuse to take responsibility so we all end up paying because some want the "freedom" to not take responsibility for their actions.
Air bags are an expensive alternative but were mandated again because too many refused to take responsibility and use the low cost belts.

Even when faced with the probability of a tire failure every 5 years on average we can't get RV owners to ensure their tires are properly inflated all the time.
If you think checking in the morning is good enough I have to ask why you have temperature and pressure and RPM gauges in your RV. Once you warm the RV up in the morning you should shut off or tape over all your gauges fro the rest of the day.

Who here is willing to do that? If you really believe TPM are a waste then I would challenge you to cover all except the speedometer and tell me how many days you would be willing to drive that way?
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:58 PM   #88
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I run a whole fleet of semi trucks. We do not run TPMS on the 18 wheel semi trucks. In the 21 years I have owned this company we have never blown out a tire. That's in millions of miles. One simple reason. I will not run recaps. When I worked for others that ran recaps we had lots of tire failures. You could throw a cap and the tire would not even lose air pressure sometimes. Before they mandate TPMS on semi trucks they should just outlaw recaps. They used to be popular for passenger vehicles, and they would throw caps and blowout. Worn out tires can blow out, but recaps can go at any time. It's the big rich, TIGHT company's that run recaps as some collage educated nitwit bean counter tells them they can save money. Recaps are a joke and kill and injure many people every year. I have had tires go flat due to a nail or something, and they have been run for hundreds of miles flat, but they do not throw the cap or blow out. And most of the time it doesn't even hurt these tubeless type tires everybody runs nowadays. Most all these alligators you see laying all over the roadways are recaps, or worn out junk tires.

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