How To Handle a Tire’s Blowout
For any driver, there is nothing more debilitating or potentially dangerous than suffering from a tire blowout at any speed. Although, the number of the fatalities associated with tire blowout has decreased a bit due to a lot of work that’s been done in this regard, both by the car makers and the tire companies, this still can happen. Clearly, a tire blowout can be taken for granted, and hence, one should know how to steady the car if/when a tire blowout happens, since this may mean the difference between life and death or even a grave injury. Hence, in this blog, we’ll read about all such tips and tricks that’ll help keep you safe in event of a tire blowout.
With a lot of cars now coming equipped with automatic tire pressure monitoring systems, a certain number of accidents owing to tire blowout have decreased. However, there is no education about how to handle the car during a tire blowout, which further aggravates the issue. When a tire blowout happens, it requires a quick reaction from the driver before the car may end up damaged. And hence, how you react has the potential of determining as to how the situation resolves itself.
The first step is keeping calm and in control of the vehicle, you are driving.
What Sound Does a Tire Blowout Make?
There are three distinct sounds associated with a tire blowout, even though the sounds may vary depending on any specific situation.
The sounds can be listed in this order
- First, there will be a loud bang or boom sound of the tire popping reverberating inside the car.
- The second sound would be whooshing sound or rather, the sound of the air escaping the tire quickly.
- The third and the final sound would be of repeated flopping or flapping of the deflated tire making contact with the road.
What Does a Tire Blowout Feel Like?
When your car’s tire explodes at speed, it initiates a reaction chain that can be felt by passengers of the car.
When the tire explodes, first the vehicle will slow down, and then it will strongly pull, either to the right or left side. This is dependent upon which tire burst.
However, if it is a frontal tire that bursts, the driver will feel the force mostly within the vehicle’s steering wheel. Otherwise, if a rear tire explodes, then, it’s felt more in the car’s seat or body.
Whether the blowout occurs in the frontal or rearwards tires, a person’s response is likely to be same in either case.
HOW TO Drive Through When Your Car Suffers From a Blowout
There are some important practices and tips to quickly notice and implement if a tire blowout is experienced. These tips are:
- No matter what, maintain a firm grip on the vehicle’s steering wheel
- Don’t slam on the car’s brakes.
- Let the car slow down gradually on its own.
- Pull your car to the side of the road once the car has slowed to reach a safe speed
- Activate your car’s hazard lights to notify people around you that there’s something wrong with your car.
What Can You do Post Tire Blowout
After a blowout happens, only exit the vehicle if your car and you are off the road and out of harm’s way. Make use of the emergency lights for alerting other drivers and additionally deploy reflective triangles or cones if you have that equipment. If changing the vehicle’s tires isn’t possible or if you don’t know how to change the tires, call for a proper roadside assistance.
Keep in mind that a spare tire is only recommended for use in emergencies and hence, shouldn’t be driven for long distances and/or at high speeds. For locating your car’s spare wheel, read the owner’s manual properly. Furthermore, the car’s owner manual also details how to change a flat tire. It is generally considered a good idea to have a know how of these procedures before it’s too late and the person ends up getting stuck in a situation.
How to Prevent Your Car’s Tire Blowout
A good news is that with good care, tire blowout is preventable. Mostly, tire blow out is a likely occurrence in the hottest months, since those months, even the road’s surface temperature is hottest. This results in tires that are underinflated, have excessively worn treads, or simply an overloaded vehicle to suffer from tire blowout.
Hence, it is important to have a simple inspection of your tires as a routine. A person should be looking for slow leaks, proper pressure, and any wear and tear. Also, while going on a long way, make sure your load is kept light and within the vehicle recommendation set by the manufacturer(can be found in the car manual).