What To Do If Your Tire Blows Out
Whether you’re driving down a back road at 10 mph or the interstate at 80 mph, a tire blow out can be a very scary situation for all drivers. First, you’ll head a loud BOOM, then a sudden jerk and feel the car pull to one side, followed by a flapping sound. To new and inexperienced drivers, this situation can cause panic and drivers can lose control. By following the tips below, you can safely regain control of your vehicle after a tire blows out.
Step One: Stay Calm
We know this is easier said than done, but the best thing to do if a tire goes out is nothing. Don’t try to turn the steering wheel, step on the breaks, or take your foot off the gas pedal – this could result in you losing control of your vehicle.
Step Two: Grip The Steering Wheel Firmly
Once you’ve realized your tire has blown out, firmly grip the steering wheel at 10 and 2. Keeping your car driving straight is essential to keeping control. The urge to jerk the steering wheel is strong, but that’s the worst thing you can do in this situation.
Step Three: Let Your Car Slow Down Naturally
By slowly taking your foot off the gas, your car will start to slow down on its own. Once your car slows down to around 20-30 mph, gently step on the breaks.
Step Four: Once Slowed, Roll Your Car To The Side Of The Road
As the car is slowing down, it’s important to look for a safe spot to pull over out of the way of traffic. Don’t turn your fully turn the wheel, instead, gently ease to a safe area on the side of the road.
Step Five: Turn On Your Hazard Lights (Emergency Flashers) & Call For Help
Make yourself visible on the roadway by turning on your emergency flashers. Once safely out of traffic, take a deep breath and call for help.
To avoid a future blowout, make sure to double-check your tire pressure each time you drive your car and don’t drive on old, worn, or under-inflated tires. Our Myrtle Beach car technicians are here to help you with any car problems you may have.