You’re on your way to work, a family gathering or maybe even a thrilling road trip to the coast. All of a sudden, your tyre blows out, and you are trapped somewhere between nowhere and your final destination. For many drivers, there is nothing more frightening, or potentially dangerous, than a tyre blowout. When your tyre blows out, there isn’t much time before it becomes a struggle to avoid an auto accident. How you instinctively react can make all the difference for your safety and the safety of those around you. The most important thing is to stay calm and in control of your vehicle.
Below are a series of guidelines that you should be aware of and adopt so that you are prepared with what to do next.
Tyre blowouts happen all at once, and can occur no matter what speed you’re traveling. Your vehicle will slow down. Depending on which tyre burst, your car will pull to either the right or the left. If the front tyre blew out, you will feel the force within the steering of your vehicle. With a rear tyre, you will feel it more so in the seat and/or body of the car. Once your tyre blows out, it will be difficult to sustain the control that you are used to having. The most important thing is to get out of harm’s way, and to follow these steps:
- Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel.
- Do not slam on your brakes.
- Let your car slow down gradually.
- Pull to the side of the road.
- Turn on your emergency flashers.
- Call for help.
Once you are off the road with your flashers activated, you can begin to exit your car for the next steps.
- Put out reflective cones or triangles, if you have them.
- Locate your spare tyre. Your owner’s manual will guide you as to where your spare tyre and necessary tools are located. Keep in mind; if you do not have a full-sized spare, it should not be driven for long distances.
- If it is not safe to change the tyre where you are, or you are unsure how, call for roadside assistance.
Fortunately, tyre blowouts are easily avoidable with the proper upkeep and monitored air pressure checks. Check your tyres monthly and before major road trips for proper inflation, abrasions and impact damage that may occur during excessive use.
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