If you drive on Washington highways or interstates, then you may have heard the term road gators. According to Allstate, a road gator is a piece of tire that has been lost when driving. They are from large trucks that lose bits of their tires as they drive. Often the drivers never even realize they have lost part of a tire. However, these tire bits remain in the roadway, posing a hazard for other vehicles on the road.
These road gators usually come from large trucks that have multiple wheels. The loss of part of a tire really does not affect them as losing a tire would affect your vehicle. Some of these tire bits come from retread tires where the tread simply separates from the tire and falls off. Some are a result of tread separation where the tire just rips apart. Often low tire pressure is to blame for the issue.
As you drive, you should always be aware of any road debris, but road gators are some of the worst and pose serious risks. These tire bits are not just rubber. They are steel-reinforced, so they have metal in them as well. If you hit one, you could blow out your own tire or damage your car. In an attempt to avoid them, you could also put your vehicle in harm's way and end up in an accident.
Often these road gators end up on the side of the road, but you will also find them right in your path. Always pay attention ahead of you on the roadway. Watch for other cars swerving and slow down as it may be a road gator in the road. This information is for education and is not legal advice.