How to Properly Slash Tires in 2023

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For those who have been victimized, we even covered how to repair slashed tires here. Thus, it’s quite ironic to talk about ruining tires, but we want you to have it all.

It’s best to use a serrated pocket knife to slash someone’s tires, then aim for the sidewall and strike quickly and forcefully. As you pull the blade to the side, push it deeper into the tire.

In order to slash someone’s tires, you need to re-examine your intentions, plan your strategy, and anticipate the consequences.

How Does Tire Slashing Work?

Tire slashing occurs when any gash, slit, or laceration deflates the tires. Most tire slashing cases are intentional, and the most likely motive is the desire for swift justice by the victim.

The person may be involved in road rage, have a grudge against a coworker, or have made a bold statement about cheating.

In some cases, slashing someone’s tire is more sensible and necessary. Slashing someone’s tires is the only reasonable way to escape someone who is chasing you.

Before slashing tires, consider these factors

Apply a lot of force before you point your chosen weapon at that helpless sidewall. Tires are built to last. 

It’s also possible to cause a loud, attention-grabbing noise by slashing tires, so you should do it with precision and avoid getting hurt.

In many states, tire slashing is considered a misdemeanor, so you also need to consider the consequences of getting caught. 

Tires are sturdy and durable

Tires are made from durable materials. Tires can last up to 10 years with normal use! Because of this, slashing them swiftly and quietly will require a lot of force. It will largely depend on how you strike the tire, but a sharp and pointed tool can greatly assist.

 It is possible to create an attention-grabbing noise when tires are slashed

When a tire is released from its normal inflation, it will produce a significant amount of noise. The loudest incisions are those with small diameters. As air escapes, pressure must be equalized. To keep noise at a tolerable level, a wide and deep slash is best.

Fines and jail time are possible consequences

Criminal mischief involves intentionally defacing, altering, or destroying property without a right to do so. This includes slashing someone’s tire. You may be charged with damages, a fine, court costs plus a surcharge, and even jail time if you get caught.

You must remain safe at all times

You don’t want to end up in the emergency room because you tried to slash a tire and it blew out right in your face. Don’t slash your face near the tire, however.

The highly pressurized air that comes out of the incision can potentially damage your face, eyes, and ears, not to mention the debris that may fly out if done slowly.

Tire Slashing Tools

We want to be swift and discreet, inflicting as much damage as possible, without being too suspicious. It is possible to use a serrated pocket knife and a regular kitchen knife as reliable, handy tools. Additionally, you can consider using pointed tools such as a screwdriver, an awl, a pricker, and a bodkin.

Kitchen knife

The most common and reliable tool is your kitchen knife.  However, since you are going to use it for everyday slicing, make sure the knife is sharp enough to cut through the sidewall smoothly.

When slashing, it should also be big and solid enough not to bend. If you decide to use a large knife, you may carry more suspicion to onlookers.

Pocket knife

Your best weapon could be a strong pocket knife. Since most designs can be folded securely, it draws the least attention and is portable.  Look for a pocket knife with a serrated blade because it can slice through harder materials with a good bite.

A screwdriver, an awl, a pricker, and a bodkin

Even though these aren’t directly considered ‘slashing tools’ (except for bodkins), they can inflict enough damage by poking through the sidewalls, inflicting damage at a slower rate yet having the same effect as slashing tires.

A quick guide to slashing tires

The blade should be pushed deeper as you pull it to the side as you aim for the sidewall while standing away from the tire.

The tire sidewall should be your target

It is considered to be the weakest part of the tire near the rim. Instead of targeting the tread, you have a clear and open vantage point.

Face away from the tire with your legs crossed

Having a safe distance between you and the tire is recommended due to the high pressure forcing out of the slashed area.

Quickly strike with a slash

Slashing should be done quickly and forcefully. Pull the blade to the side as you push it deeper.

The Best Way to Avoid Getting Your Tires Slashed

You can prevent your tires from getting severely slashed by taking preventive measures like using CCTV, parking in a secure area, trusting with your four-legged companions, and finally, driving responsibly if you are on the other side of the picture and worried you’ll get a slashed tire soon. Road rage is the root of some tire slashing incidents.

Be responsible when driving

Being a defensive driver wouldn’t hurt so much if we practiced. Most cases of road rage that result in vandalism are caused by unpleasant behavior or responses when caught up in tension with another driver.

Be sure to use CCTVs

Having these cameras already signals to perpetrators that they can be identified if they commit such an act. Whenever possible, park near the CCTV camera with a clear vantage point of your vehicle if you will be parking in a public place.

Dashcams can also be useful devices. Make sure you have the recording set to continue even if you leave the vehicle.

Park in a secure area if you are in a public space

When you park in spaces with ample lighting, adequate security, and CCTV, potential vandals will stay away. Also, parking near the entrance or exit is highly recommended since these areas have a higher volume of traffic.

The guard dog

There is a reason why they are called man’s best friend. It is enough to keep them away with their constant barking at any stranger who comes near your house.

The Best Way to Use Slashed Tires

The slashed tires can still be reused for more useful purposes if you don’t feel like bringing them to a recycling facility.

These damaged tires can be used for simple DIY projects such as a dog bed, garden chair, ottoman, and if you live on a farm, feeder pots. 

The point is, even if you ended up in an unfortunate situation, you can still take something positive from it and avoid getting your tires slashed again.

Final thoughts

Slashing someone’s tires is as easy as slicing through them.

References and Resources:

https://www.carsdirect.com/

https://www.carvana.com/

https://www.craigslist.org/

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