One moment, you’re driving around the South Bend area without a care in the world. The next moment, your tire has blown out and you’re losing control of your vehicle. What should you do? To prepare yourself for — and prevent — this dangerous situation, review these tips on tire blowout safety.
Recovering from a tire blowout
If your tire blows out, do your best to stay calm. Panicked braking, acceleration, or turning could send your car spinning out of control. Keep your hands on the wheel and steer the vehicle straight, then gently push down on the gas pedal to keep up your forward momentum.
If you’ve regained some control over the steering, ease up on the gas and let the car slow down. If you can, activate the emergency blinkers. Once your speed is under 30 mph, carefully apply the brakes. Pull off to the side when you’re going slowly enough to do so safely.
Preventing a tire blowout
Not every tire blowout can be prevented, but a few simple precautions can greatly decrease your odds of experiencing one. Start by checking your tire pressure regularly, either with your own pressure tool or at a gas station. This is especially important during hot Indiana summers, when extreme heat can cause your tire pressure to rise too high.
You can also prevent tire blowouts by making sure your tires are in good condition. If they’re worn or cracked, you’ll face a greater blowout risk.
Here at Jordan Toyota, our service staff is ready to give you the help you need to prevent tire blowouts. Bring your vehicle in soon for a pressure check, an inspection, or a new set of tires — and leave with greater peace of mind.