Why are there so many alligators on Texan roads?


AUSTIN (KXAN) – If you drive on most of the highways in central Texas, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered an “alligator” on the road.

Well, not really an alligator, but at first glance they kind of look like one. We are talking about tire scraps.

Tire shred is the leftover rubber jacket when a tire falls apart. They are the result of retreading the tires. Instead of putting new tires on an 18-wheeler, retreading can be carried out instead. Retread truck tires save North American trucking and transportation companies over $ 2 billion annually.

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Tire retreading is done by applying new rubber to an existing tire. According to treadwright.com, it is a “reconditioned” tire.

Retreading is better for the environment. According to retread.org, a retreaded tire contains 75% post-consumer material. According to STTC.com, it takes more than 20 gallons of oil to make a new truck tire, while it only takes seven gallons of oil to make a retread.

Tires can shred for various reasons such as low tire pressure, overloaded transport or highway hazards.

If you see a tire shredding in front of you, slow down and change lanes safely. One of the best ways to prevent an accident is to avoid driving next to large trucks for long periods of time. If a truck tire explodes while you’re next to it, it could hit your windshield and cause serious injury.