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Tips for dealing with tire blowout

A passerby caught a fatal accident on video when a tire blowout caused a truck driver to lose control and flip over the highway guardrail. Tire blowouts often happen without warning and cause drivers to panic and lose control.

Here are some life-saving tips for getting through a blowout in one piece.

Prevention

The best way to deal with a blown tire is to prevent it from happening. Monitor the air pressure in your car’s tires by checking them at the gas station on a regular basis. The proper pressure for your tires is indicated in the owner’s manual. Cars manufactured later than 2007 are equipped with tire pressure monitors. Keeping your tires properly inflated not only reduces your chance of blowout but it also improves gas mileage.

Buckle up

In the event of a blowout, your car might spin, hit a guardrail or even roll over. Your chances of surviving any of these events greatly increase if you are wearing a seat belt.

Keep driving

If your tire blows, your instinct is likely to tell you to turn the wheel sharply to compensate for the sudden veering motion and slam on your brakes. Both of these are wrong. Like skidding on ice or hydroplaning, slamming on brakes after a blowout can cause you to lose control of the car completely. To maintain control of your car during a blowout, tell yourself to:

  • Keep your foot on the gas — If you keep the wheels in motion, you maintain the car’s balance and prevent it from rolling over.
  • Correct the steering — By easing the car back into line, you can continue driving straight.
  • Slow down — Gently ease the brake to slow the car toward a stop.
  • Head to the shoulder — It is safer to change the tire out of the line of traffic.
  • Engage your flashing lights — Do so after you have stopped the car, not before. Never disengage your vision from the road.
  • Use care when standing outside your car on the side of the road — Use a flashlight, flares or reflective clothing to increase your visibility while changing your tire.

The best way to avoid a tire blowout is to maintain the tires on your car. If the treads are worn, replace them. Check your spare once in a while too. If you do not know how to change a tire, it’s time to learn.

Accidents happen, and sometimes they are simply unavoidable. If you have been injured in an accident, speak to Steven P. Roberts Personal Injury Attorney about your right to compensation for your medical bills, damage to your car and your lost wages.