Here at Carolina Property and Casualty, we want to make sure you stay safe on the road and that you have the proper car insurance. So today we’re sharing a few safety tips for tire blowouts.
How to Drive Through a Tire Blowout
According to the National Safety Council and other safety experts, there are some important tips and best practices to remember if you experience a tire blowout.
- Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel.
- Do not slam on the brakes.
- Let your car slow down gradually.
- Pull to the side of the road once you have slowed to a safe speed.
- Activate your emergency flashers.
What to Do After a Tire Blowout
After a blowout, only exit your vehicle if you are certain you are safely off the road and out of harm’s way. Turn your emergency flashers on to alert other drivers, and put out reflective cones or triangles if you have them. If it is not safe to change the tire where you are, or you are unsure how, then call for roadside assistance.
Also, keep in mind that a spare is only recommended for emergencies and should not be driven for long distances or at high speeds. Take the time to read your owner’s manual to learn where your spare tire and necessary tools are located. Your manual may also provide instructions on how to change a flat tire. It is a good idea to be familiar with these procedures before you get stuck on the side of the road.
How to Prevent a Tire Blowout
The good news is that many tire blowouts are preventable. Most occur from May through October when the road surface is the hottest. A simple, routine inspection of your tires to check for slow leaks, wear and tear, and proper pressure is important. Keeping your load light, within your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations (found in the same spot as the recommended tire pressure), can help too.