No matter how conscientious a driver you are, situations like a tire blowout can and will occur. They are just inevitable. The only thing that you can do is prepare for such situations beforehand and plan ahead. Most drivers do not know that right way for handling a tire blowout situation. Although sometimes such situations do not cause a lot of damage, it is important that you understand the seriousness of the situation.
A tire blowout situation is entirely different that a flat tire. Unlike a flat tire situation, you do not get much reaction time and control over your vehicle.
Prevention is better than cure! So, let's see some major factors which are can be directly responsible for a tire blowout.
Maintaining the tire's physical conditions is important. Most of the tire blowouts happen due to low pressure in the tires. When tire pressure drops below a certain level it becomes dangerous to drive with them.
Low-pressure tires not only causes blowouts but also affects your vehicle's overall performance. Hence, keeping the pressure to an optimum level is a thing that you should always keep in mind.
For checking the pressure yourself, you can get a pressure gauge with which you can verify your tire's condition whenever you find necessary.
Now, as low pressure can be hazardous to the tires, high pressure also causes tire blowouts. Overpressure in the tires make your tires stiff and they become vulnerable to all the pointed object on the road. When your tires are over pressured, the heat generated in the tires gets trapped in space between the walls of the tire. This makes the pressure to grow even more and ultimately result in a loud blowout. So, it is important to keep the tire pressure to optimal.
As we stated earlier, it is just impossible to predict a tire blowout even if you are a vehicle wizard. So, it is good to gain some knowledge about what to do when you are caught in any tire blowout situation.
Let's suppose that you are going to some place and you heard a loud roar of bursting air. Yes, it was your tire that burst open. Now the first thing that you would want to do is to calm down. If you have calmed yourself down, you would be able to tell which tires have given up on you. Your vehicle would be inclined toward the blown tire. In all such situations always remember that you should never apply breaks. Applying breaks will cause an utter loss of your vehicle control and your tiniest hope of minimizing the damage taken or given will fade way.
Keep moving with the flow, hold the accelerator and smoothly decrease the acceleration. If you tried to leave the accelerator and tried to control the vehicle you'd only hurt yourself and the others in the vehicle or surrounding the vehicle. Never try to turn the vehicle around unless it's a dead end. Always try to move as straight as possible, slow down the vehicle steadily and you would be safe. Also do not forget to turn on your indicators while doing all this, letting the others know about your situation is important. And even applying your hazards after a complete stop as to let everyone know of the caution.
This is an educational article only and we always recommend seeking professional advice on the above circumstances.
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