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Old 11-06-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Brandon, FL
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I've only been in Tampa for about seven months, but have already had two flat tires from nails and screws on the roads. This is already twice the number of flat tires I've had in the past 27 years of driving outside of the Tampa area.

What is up with that? Is the road the state-approved place to store nails, screws, and shards of metal? Do people throw nails and screws out of their car windows while they drive?

There is no wood construction anywhere near where I have been driving. Maybe the owners of tire stores drive around and throw out sharp objects to guarantee their business...

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Old 11-06-2011, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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sounds like pure bad luck.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Tampa Florida
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I've only been in Tampa for about seven months, but have already had two flat tires from nails and screws on the roads. This is already twice the number of flat tires I've had in the past 27 years of driving outside of the Tampa area.

What is up with that? Is the road the state-approved place to store nails, screws, and shards of metal? Do people throw nails and screws out of their car windows while they drive?

There is no wood construction anywhere near where I have been driving. Maybe the owners of tire stores drive around and throw out sharp objects to guarantee their business...

When I first moved back down here 6 years ago I swear I had 4-6 flats in a row. We had a really nasty neighbor back then and we suspected him though, lol.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:55 PM
 
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My experience has been spotless, although I work from home and my wife walks to work-- so we don't do a lot of driving. When I drive, I do so defensively, avoiding bumps and potholes proactively. That helps, but doesn't solve problems like nails (which you can barely see coming no matter how good your eyes are). Maybe change up your driving patterns onto different streets? New routes might be easier on your tires, and defensive driving can help if you don't already do it.
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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There are definitely some parts of town with more road debris than others. When we lived over in the USF area, we had so many flat tires it was just ridiculous. If you drive in any industrial areas that's also a great place to pick up nails in your tires. When I purchased a new car back in '03 I bought the road hazard coverage for the tires and wheels. My dad rolled his eyes and said it was a waste of money. He was eating crow when just a few months later I had to get THREE tires replaced for nails in the sidewalls, at the same time! The coverage more than paid for itself.
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Brandon, FL
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My downstairs neighbor just confirmed my theory too. Just saw him changing his tire in the parking lot this morning, with a screw sticking out of it.

I mostly drive in Brandon. Now that I am looking for sharp debris on the roadways, I notice that there is a lot of glass from accidents, and LOTS of random pieces of sharp metal. Not sure what that is all about...
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:57 AM
 
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I have had the same problem OP, so you'e not crazy.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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what roads are you guys driving on that are so littered with tire-piercing debris?

wife and i have driven all over the bay area since moving here in march. no problems.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Any construction can lead to road debris. Screws and nails are used for roofing also. Lots of roofers riding around, buckets of nails and screws in the back of the truck.




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I've only been in Tampa for about seven months, but have already had two flat tires from nails and screws on the roads. This is already twice the number of flat tires I've had in the past 27 years of driving outside of the Tampa area.

What is up with that? Is the road the state-approved place to store nails, screws, and shards of metal? Do people throw nails and screws out of their car windows while they drive?

There is no wood construction anywhere near where I have been driving. Maybe the owners of tire stores drive around and throw out sharp objects to guarantee their business...

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