What to Do If Your Tire Blows

15074892238_fe70309650_bIt is very scary when you are driving down the road and your tire blows. In order to stay safer when this happens, there are a few things you can do. Make sure you stay calm and follow these tips.

Keep A Firm Hold on the Steering Wheel

Although your first reaction might be to turn the steering wheel to head off the road, you actually want to grip it firmly and keep going straight. Let the car slow down before you turn. If you jerk the wheel to the side when you are going highway speed, you will most likely cause the car to spin out.

Don’t Slam on the Brakes

One of the worst things you can do is slam your foot on the brake. You want to let the car slow down on its own. The drag of the tire will cause the car to slow so you don’t need to use the brake. It is even better to keep your foot on the gas and even accelerate a little to get through the initial drag caused by the blown tire.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Don’t look down at your speedometer or look for your hazards. Keep your eyes on the road and concentrate on what is going on around you. Other cars on the road will probably try to get out of your way when they see you having a problem so you want to stay alert.

Follow these tips if you find you are in a blowout situation to keep everyone around you safe.


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