Most of us have been there. We’re cruising down the highway (at a perfectly reasonable and legal speed, no doubt) when we see it in the middle of the road: a shredded semi-truck tire leftover from a blowout. You quickly check your mirrors to find you’re boxed in and can’t change lanes. You think about slamming on the brakes, but there are cars in front of and behind you. You have no choice but to grip the wheel and hope for the best.