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Emergency Advice: Dealing with a Blown Tire

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On: Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 6:57AM | By: Bill Wilson

Emergency Advice: Dealing with a Blown Tire

Today’s cars are safer than ever before, with thousands of safety feaures built into each model. Unfortunately, despite these measures, unforeseen things still happen, even to careful and experienced motorists. So, in this article and ones to come, we’ll look at what to do when the unexpected occurs. This time around, we’ll outline the steps to take if a tire should blow out while you’re driving.

What to do if a Tire should Blow out while your Car is in Motion

1. Grip the steering wheel TIGHT.

2. Do NOT slam on the brakes.

3. Take your foot off the gas to let the vehicle slow down.

4. Get the car off the road, but do so as safely as possible. Slow to 30 miles per hour before steering into a safe area. Use your turn signals to indicate your direction of travel to other drivers.

5. Once you’re off the road, tap your brakes several times to avoid losing control of the vehicle. Slowly come to a stop, as far off the road as you can safely get. Don’t worry about further damaging the tire. It’s almost certainly beyond repair at this point.

What to do after the Vehicle Comes to a Stop
1. Turn on your emergency flashers.

2. If you’re on a level surface, and if you’re far enough from road traffic, then you can change the tire if you know how.

3. If you’re less than 10 feet from the road, then you’re probably too close to other vehicles to safely change the tire. Call for help if you have a cell phone. If you don’t, then you may need to walk to the nearest home or retail location to place a call.

4. If you have reflector triangles and/or road flares, set them out to warn approaching vehicles that you’re stopped. You should also raise the hood and tie a piece of cloth (preferably white) to the antenna, to let law enforcement know you’re in distress. If your vehicle doesn’t have an antenna, then you can place the cloth so that it hangs out of your trunk.

5. If the weather is cold or rainy, then you may need to stay in the vehicle until help arrives. Keep the engine running and the emergency flashers on, but open the driver’s side window slightly to let fresh air in. Keep the doors locked.

6. Once you’re safe and the tire has been replaced, you should have a mechanic check your vehicle. This is to ensure that running on a flat tire didn’t damage the suspension or other components.

Hopefully, you’ll never need the advice given in this article. But, if you do, stay calm and follow the steps above. Thanks and safe driving!


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