How to Survive a Tire Blowout
When You Blow a Tire, React Appropriately
Blowing a tire is no fun. Not only do you have to worry about crashing, you also have to deal with getting your car repaired, and making sure that you can get back home. Hopefully you have checked your spare tire recently.
But do you know what to do in the event of a tire blowout? What if you were driving down the highway, and you suddenly have one blow? We’re not talking a simple flat here; we’re talking about the tire spontaneously blowing out and shredding off the vehicle.
Fortunately, it’s a lot scarier than it needs to be. Here’s how to handle it.
What to do if you Blow a Tire
As with any vehicle issue, your number one objective is to stay calm. Keeping a level head will allow you to operate smoothly.
First – Keep a tight grip on the steering wheel. With a tire gone, your car is going to want to pull hard. Just remember that you’re in control, and you make the decisions.
Second – Take your foot off the gas, and ease on the brakes. This should, of course, all be done congruently with the first step. Slamming on the brakes will cause your car to stop unevenly due to the lack of tire. Slow down gradually.
Third – Pull off to a safe place. Too many people let their vehicle stop in the middle of the road; this is only setting yourself up for a major accident. Don’t pull over until you’ve slowed enough to do so.
Finally – Turn on your flashers, and put on your spare tire. Many instances of a blown tire won’t cause damage to the rest of the car (the wheel may be shot though). You can still drive the vehicle to the mechanic to be checked out.
That’s all there is to it. No fancy maneuvering, no trick steering. Just hang on and let the car basically coast to a stop. It’s scary, but it doesn’t have to be dangerous.
Bring Your Vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center
When a tire rips to pieces, there is a good chance that you will have some damage to your vehicle. After your mechanic has repaired any issues that could have been initiated by the tire blowout, bring it over to us. Our expertly trained technicians can repair your vehicle and make sure that you are back to full safety standards the next time you head out.
And remember, get your wheels rotated and balanced every 7,500 miles. Inspection is the key to prevent blowouts that occur from worn tires. Of course, if you had your tire blowout because of debris in the road, then there isn’t much that you can do except to keep a watchful eye out.