Thanks to advances in tire technology, tire blowouts are a thankfully rare experience. Nevertheless, “not likely to happen” is not the same thing as “can’t happen”. Therefore, it’s important to know how to how to keep control your vehicle should the worst occur and one of more of your tires experiences a sudden blowout.
#5 – Two Steady Hands on the Wheel
Admittedly, this tip can be slightly tricky as most people aren’t expecting a tire to suddenly explode while driving down the road. However, it is important to keep both hands on the wheel and not to make any sudden maneuvers. You will hear a loud bang as the tire lets go, followed by your wheel jerking to one side. Keeping two steady hands on the wheel and will help you maintain control.
#4 – Countersteer, Countersteer, Countersteer
Should a tire on your vehicle experience a blowout, the drag created by that tire will cause your car to pull to one side or another. You can maintain control by steering in the opposite direction that your vehicle is pulling. Keep in mind that your steering will also become much heavier, but it still entirely possible to maintain control of your automobile.
#3 – Steady on the Pedals
A common mistake many people make during a tire blowout is that they jump off the accelerator and onto the brakes. This seriously disrupts the balance of your vehicle and can cause you to lose control. Instead, carefully let off the accelerator and gently push the brakes while maintaining control. Bring your vehicle to a controlled stop on the side of the road.
#2 – Call for Assistance
A tire blowout is more than just an inconvenience, it can also cause serious damage to your car, truck, or SUV. Flying rubber can damage pieces of your suspension, as well as your wheels. Therefore, it is important to call for assistance as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your vehicle. You can change your tire should you be unable to contact help, just inspect the wheel well for visual damage before trying to continue your journey
#1 – Check Your Other Tires
If one of your tires has experienced a blowout, chances are there may be an issue with your other tires. It’s important to carefully inspect your other tires to see if they are also at risk. Bulging in the sidewall or underinflated tires are a key indicator that something is amiss. It is important that even if one tire has experienced a blowout that you have your tires inspected by a professional to ensure that the others are also not at risk.
Experiencing a tire blowout while driving can be one of the most terrifying things to happen while driving. However, by keeping calm and following these tips you can greatly improve your chances of bringing your vehicle to a safe stop. So check your tires regularly using our helpful tips and stay safe on the roads!
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