Have you ever thought about what you should do if your tire blows out? This type of situation is tricky, so it is helpful to consider your options before you are actually faced with putting them into action.
1. Do Not Panic
The first and most important guideline is to maintain control of the car. So, you need to stay calm, grip the steering wheel tightly, and keep your foot on the accelerator.
If you slam on the brakes, you are more than likely going to lose control of your vehicle. Despite how instinctive this response is, hitting the brakes increases the imbalance caused by the tire blowout. As a result, the stability of your vehicle gets worse.
If you remove your foot from the accelerator quickly, you’ll disrupt the stability of your vehicle as well. The sudden shift in acceleration transfers the vehicle’s weight to the front tires instead of the back ones, making it more difficult for you to maintain control of the vehicle due to the presence of a flat tire.
2. Gradually Decelerate
Once the blowout occurs, ease up on the accelerator so that you gradually decrease your speed. If you do so slowly, the risk of losing control of your car is minimized. Make sure that you follow this guideline at the same time as the next one (adjusting your steering).
3. Steer in the Direction You Want to Go
Most likely, you will need to adjust your steering so that you can retain or regain control of the vehicle. Try to steady your steering as much as possible so that you can stabilize the car. Decide where you want the car to stop and steer toward that location. It’s important to realize that you shouldn’t drive on a flat or blown-out tire for too long as you will damage the tire’s rim.
4. Pull Off the Road
Once you have the vehicle under control, it is time to pull off the road and out of harm’s way. Continue to slow down as you steer the car toward the side of the road of nearby parking area. Brake slowly, and put on your emergency flashers. If you have safety cones or triangles with reflectors on them, put them out so that other drivers are alerted to your situation. If you don’t have cones or reflective triangles to put out, you might want to tie some type of cloth to the radio antenna as a signal that you need assistance.
5. Contact a Local Towing Company
Once you’ve completely stopped your vehicle and identified the area as a disabled-car zone, contact a Towing Company to come and get your vehicle. While you might be able to change the tire on your own, it’s important to have your vehicle serviced to ensure that no lasting damage has occurred. Stay as far from the roadway as possible while you wait for the tow truck to come pick you up.
If you are the Langley, Aldergrove, Abbotsford or Surrey Areas; give We Do Recover Towing a call and we will be there to help with any issues you may have. Call us at 604-308-0455
We don’t ever wish for this to happen to you, but if it does we hope you find this blog useful.