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How to Handle a Tire Blowout

A car tire blowout is one of the most dreaded and potentially dangerous things on the road. It's even worse when you are a new or inexperienced driver as it can make you panic, ultimately losing control of your car. Based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, tire blowouts are responsible for over 75,000 road accidents killing over 400 drivers.

Well, before these numbers get you all terrified, you should understand that a tire blowout does not always mean impending danger. How you react the first few seconds after the incident makes all the difference.

So How Do You Handle a Tire Blowout?

Stay Calm and Do Not Hit the Brakes

The first best thing you can do during a car blowout is staying still and doing nothing at all. Do not hit the brakes, turn the steering wheel or even remove your foot from the gas pedal. Taking any of this action will make you lose control, making things worse.

Tightly Grip the Steering Wheel and Steer Straight

Once your tire blows, your car will most likely pull to one side. Hold a tight grip on the steering wheel, keeping your hands in the 10 and 2 positions to avoid losing control. The goal is to do your best to maintain your course and keep your vehicle moving straight and steady.

Gently Press Your Gas Pedal

Well, while this might sound a little absurd, slight acceleration can go a long way in helping you regain complete control of your car. Gently ease off the accelerator when you finally gain your vehicle's control.

Turn on Emergency Lights

When your tire blows, it will eventually slow down to below-cruising speed. This might be a quick turn of events, and it would be best to turn on your emergency lights to alert other motorists on the road.

Gently Engage Your Brakes When Your Speed Drops to 30mph

Keep slowing down until you are driving at a safe speed, say 20mph, then slowly pull down to the side of the road. Then you can relax and reach out to our mechanics.

If you need quality vehicle service and repair, do not hesitate to contact us or drop by our auto repair shop today.