How to Handle a Tire Blowout
Any car can experience a tire blowout. They happen at a pace frequently enough that it is important for drivers to have an understanding of what to do if they ever find themselves experiencing this situation on the road. Knowing how to handle a tire blowout has the potential to not only save your life but those of others around you.
When a tire blowout happens, your vehicle will not only begin slowing down but it will also favor leaning with force towards the side of the car that the blowout took place. To keep your vehicle continuing to move forward and not veer off in the direction of the blowout, steer in the opposite direction. Counter your car trying to pull you in the direction of the busted tire. If you can safely operate your car to a safe location off of the road, this is highly recommended.
What Causes Tire Blowouts?
It is understandable if you are unsure about how it feels or what to do in the event of a tire blowout. Quite a number of people will never experience one of these incidents. However, to rest on your laurels and not take the time to learn a bit about how to respond to such an incident is a risky move. Drivers should be prepared for any event or situation that they could be confronted with.
The National Safety Council says the following about tire blowouts:
- If you start to feel the car pulling towards one side and begin to slow, make sure you have both hands firmly gripping the steering wheel.
- Do not respond by slamming on the breaks. Instead, simply don’t accelerate any further by hitting the gas and don’t put on the brakes. Stay off the car’s pedals and let your car slow down.
- Don’t stop using your signals as you try to exit the road. Let other drivers know your intentions and allow them to be aware of your presence.
If you are able to successfully exit the road to a safe location call your roadside service provider to help you get the fix you need or to have your vehicle towed. Also, while on the side of a busy road with your car, stay as far away from the oncoming traffic as possible and be alert for your safety.
There are a couple of factors that can lead to a tire blowout. Some of the leading causes for this type of incident include:
- Driving on old or degraded tires
- Too much weight
- Low tire pressure
To avoid tire blowouts, don’t overload your car with weight and check the pressure of your tires often. Keep up with car maintenance including replacing your tires when they have been damaged or when they become worn down.
Speak to an Arizona Personal Injury Today
A blown-out tire that is not handled properly by the driver can result in major car accidents that can inflict severe injuries or even result in death for individuals involved in the accident. If you were in an Arizona car accident, call the Phoenix car accident attorneys at ELG. The Arizona personal injury attorneys at ELG are here to help you with your Phoenix personal injury claim and will examine your accident situation with you during a free consultation. Schedule your consultation by calling (623) 877-3600.