- Car Care & Maintenance
Tire blowouts can happen anytime
A driving emergency like a tire blowout can happen at anytime to anyone. Tire blowouts are mainly due to poor car tire care and maintenance, such as running on bald tires, tire underinflation or overinflation, punctured tires, running over potholes and collisions with other vehicles. Then it can occur simply due to accidents which can happen at any time while on the road.
Safely surviving a tire blowout emergency safely largely depends on the driver's presence of mind, calmness and knowing what do when faced with such emergency situation. A tire blowout may be prevented if one is serious about maintaining the car wheels and replacing car tires at regular intervals.
Signs that one of your car's tires has blown out:
- If one of the front tires has blown out, you will feel the car pulling or swerving either side in front
- If rear tires is involved in the blowout, the car will shake in the rear portion to either sides.
Here are important things to remember when you are involved in this kind of driving emergency.
1. Do not panic.
Maintain a presence of mind. This can be largely determined by one's awareness that these things happen and also knowing what to do in case a tire blowout occurs.
2. Do not apply sudden hard breaking, maintain acceleration instead to fight off the'pull' effect of the blown out tires.
When driving, when a driver feels that something is not right with the car especially after a tire has burst, the natural reaction is to suddenly apply breaks. NEVER APPLY SUDDEN BRAKING, instead, it would help to continue pressing on the accelerator (but not to increase speed) to control the steer of the car from the 'pull' effects of the blownout tire.
Sudden braking on one hand can make an otherwise manageable situation worst since applying the brakes hard upsets the momentum of the moving car to cause it to turn turtle especially when running at high speeds.
3. Keep the car stable until you find a safer place.
During a tire blow out, it is best to maintain the stability of the car and manage to pull it off the road safely. Upon learning that one of your car's tires has blown out, keep a firm grip and control of the steering wheel. Then, slowly release the gas pedal. Once the car is cruising at less than 20kph or 25 kph, slowly apply the brakes and make the proper turn signal and head for the safest gap or head to the nearest road shoulder.
4. Park safely and turn on hazard signals to warn other motorists.
Once the car has stopped, always ensure that your car's hazard lights are on while waiting for help to come. This will warn other approaching motorists to veer off safely from where you are. For added safety, ensure that emergency flares or other cautionary signs are likewise placed at a safe distance from your car.
5. Wait for emergency services or help safely.
Never make the mistake of standing outside your car while waiting for help to arrive.
A tire blowout is a scary experience but armed with s hsndful of these safety tips, regaining control of your car is possible to bring you and other motorists out of harms way.