HOW TO HANDLE A TIRE BLOWOUT
Posted on: Jun. 28, 2017 in Safety, Driving

Tire blowouts are one of the leading causes of highway accidents. Why? Because when your tire suddenly bursts while you’re driving at a high rate of speed, it’s very easy to lose control of your car and crash. If you’re not sure what you should do in the case of a blowout, it can lead to a very dangerous situation.

In a blowout, the tire bursts and suddenly loses all pressure while driving. Even seasoned drivers can be caught off guard, so you need to be prepared to act quickly. First, you need know when a blowout has occurred. These are the common signs of a blowout include a loud pop followed by the sound of air rushing out of the tire. The tire will make a flapping noise as you drive and your steering wheel may begin jerking making steering difficult.

Your first reaction may be to hit the brakes and try to slow down, but this is not advised. Experts recommend you keep the same momentum you had until the car is stabilized. This will make steering easier and allow you to slow down gradually. If your tired blows out, do your best to pull over safely. You should not continue to drive on a flat tire as additional damage to your car may occur.

Some tire blowouts happen because you run over debris in the road, puncturing your tire. You can’t anticipate that, so there isn’t much you can do to prevent it other than to be alert as you drive. However, other blowouts can be prevented. Here are some suggestions:

  • Avoid hitting curbs and parking barriers with your tires.
  • Don’t overload the car as the additional weight can strain the tires.
  • Check your tires regularly for indentations or bulges in the sidewall.
  • Don’t ignore low tires. You can add air if the tire seems low, but if the problem persists, have it checked by a professional. They’ll be able to diagnose the problem and advise you on whether to repair or replace.
  • If your low tire pressure light comes on while you’re driving, check the tires as soon as possible. If your light comes on as you start the car but the tires do not appear low, head to a service center to adjust the pressure or have the tires checked.
  • Avoid distractions while driving so your reaction time is as good as it can be. Keep both hands on the wheel in the proper position as much as possible to increase your ability to steer through a blowout.

Being ready for anything is a smart way to be while driving. You never know what will pop up in the road or below your car!

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