Handling a Tire Blowout

When you have a tire blowout, it can be a struggle to avoid having an accident. Your instincts will kick in and what you do next can make a difference between life and death for you and others around you. Staying calm and controlling your vehicle is the most important thing you can do.

I tire blowout can happen instantly, regardless of how fast you are traveling. When it happens, your vehicle will slow down and pull either to the left or right, depending on which tire blew. Also, if your rear tire blows, you will fill the extra movement in the body of the car or the seat. If the front tire blows out, the force will be felt more in the steering will. Below are some guidelines to help you prepare for what to do if you experience a tire blowout.

  1. Hold your steering wheel firmly.
  2. Never slam on your brakes.
  3. Gradually allow your car to slow down.
  4. Slowly move your vehicle to the side of the road.
  5. Engage your emergency flashers.
  6. Phone for help.

Once your car safely on the side of the road and your flashers are activated, you can get out of your car and complete the following steps.

  1. If you have them, put out reflective triangles or cones.
  2. Find your spare tire. If you don’t know where to look, consult your owner’s manual. The manual should also tell you where the tools you will need are located. Remember, you should not drive on a spare that is not full-sized for long distances.
  3. If you do not know how to change your tire or are in a place where it is unsafe to do so, phone for roadside assistance.

Luckily, with proper upkeep and monitoring your air pressure, tire blowouts can be avoided. Always check your tires every month and before any major road trips to make sure they are properly inflated and do not need to be changed.