How to Safely Handle a Tire Blowout While Driving
We’ve all been there – you’re driving along on a day just like any other day. Then, suddenly, you hear a load BOOM followed by an abrupt drop to one side, and the dire need to get to the side of the road. When you finally can get there, you emerge from your car only to be greeted by a smoking, blown out tire.
A tire blowout can be the type of jolt that sends new drivers into a tailspin, especially if it occurs while on the highway amongst high speeds. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire blowouts are estimated to cause over 10,000 tailspins every year. Thus, it’s imperative to fight the urge to panic and focus on maintaining control of the car to protect yourself from getting into an accident.
In order to keep you and your loved ones safe on the roadways from collateral damage that can result from a tire blowout while driving, it’s important to understand how to safely handle it in case you are ever faced with the situation.
Tire blowout – what to do.
If you are wanting to understand how to best prepare yourself for a tire blowout or are currently experiencing one – fear not! Here are the necessary steps that drivers should take in order to survive a tire blowout safely and soundly.
First and foremost, stay calm.
You’ve felt the jolt beneath you, and the loss of gravity between you and the road as your car has now dropped to one side. So, now what? Well, first and foremost – do everything you can to stay calm. Your car is no longer safely drivable. Because of this, it may be difficult not to go into panic mode. But don’t worry! You will soon know what to do.
Do the bare minimum and allow your car to do the rest.
Drive straight ahead.
As we’ve mentioned, once your tire blows – your car has dropped to one side, and you will need to get you and your car out of harm’s way. In order to move with the car instead of against it, it’s crucial to keep your fingers at ten and two while steering your vehicle straight.
Lightly press the gas.
At the same time, although it may seem counterintuitive, you should also lightly press your foot to the gas pedal while allowing your car to naturally slow itself.
Guide your car to safety.
Once your car is down to 20 mph, you can begin to slowly turn your wheel to help guide your vehicle off the road. All these actions will allow you to regain the necessary control you need to get you and your car over to safety.
Call for help or fix it yourself.
After your car has moved over to safety, put your hazard lights on while you call for help. The most important thing is to get you and car off the highway, or the road that your tire blew out on. In order to accomplish this, the first call you should make should be to emergency roadside service to help you in your dire situation. As always, if there isn’t any damage that has been done to the axel or rim, you can change the tire yourself.
By understanding how to survive a tire blowout in the bleakest of situations, you will be better prepared to handle a tire blowout by knowing what to do. The best way to safeguard yourself from having to endure this is to have your tires looked at by a professional to see if they have any vulnerabilities that could result in a tire blowout. During these trying months on the road, please drive safe and stay warm!