Having a tire blowout while your on the road is rarer in today’s world than it was previously. It can still happen however, and not many people know how to deal with it. This article will show you how to handle a tire blowout to keep you and those around you safer.
What is a tire blowout?
A tire blowout is a tire bursting followed by air pressure loss. The causes of these can range from vehicle overloading, cuts to the tires, hole punctures, and impact damage. This makes the tire unable to support the weight of the vehicle. Having a blowout is less likely to happen with today’s tires, but there is still a chance.
What to do
Most blowouts start the same way, you’ll hear a loud bang, and then you vehicle will start to feel wobbly. When this happens instead of hitting your brakes which might be your first reaction. You want to step on the accelerator to keep momentum, and counter-steer the vehicle when it tries to pull you out of your lane. Once you’re stabilized then you can start making your way over to the side of the road. If you try to steer the vehicle immediately after a blowout, that could be very dangerous. Any sort of turning of the wheels could lead to a spin out on the road.
How to prevent a blowout
Checking your tire pressure and and making sure they are properly inflated is a good starting point. You want the tire to be at the psi stated in the owner’s manual, you can also find it on the side of the driver’s seat when you open the door. You should check your tires for any damage at least once a month. Look for any cracks, bulges and abnormal signs. If you feel a difference in your car when driver due to the tires you should get them looked at.
Tire blowouts can be a dangerous thing to experience. However, with the proper preparation, you can manage one efficiently and keep yourself safe.