Perhaps one of the most nerve racking things to happen while driving, other than an accident, is a tire blowout. There are a few “to do” and “not do” items that will help you stay calm and maneuver your vehicle to safety.
Let’s start with the two things you should NOT do during a tire blowout:
- Do not step on the brake. Applying the brakes will cause greater imbalance on the vehicle’s stability.
- Do not abruptly remove your foot from the accelerator. The quick release of the accelerator will cause the vehicle to transfer its weight from the rear tires to the front tires. This can lead to loss of control of the vehicle.
Now that you know what not to do let’s focus on the three things you SHOULD do in case of a blowout:
- Gradually release the accelerator.
- Gradually correct the steering of the vehicle to stabilize your vehicle and regain control. Steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go.
- Once you have stabilized the vehicle continue to slow down and pull off to the nearest, safest location.
These do’s and don’ts apply for both front and back tire blowouts. The only difference between the two is what you feel in the vehicle; for a front blowout you will feel it more in your vehicle’s steering, in a rear blowout you will feel in more in the seat and body of the vehicle.
Knowing the right way to handle a blow-out will help keep you safe on the roads. Stay safe and contact your local Best-One® with any questions you might have.
By John Miller, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist
*Information in this article is from www.safetire.gov