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Six Essential Tips for Surviving a Tire Blowout

 Tire Blowout
Having a tire go out while you're on the road is one of the most terrifying experiences most drivers can imagine. When your car loses stability in this situation, you need to know what you can do to keep yourself, any passengers, and your vehicle safe.
In this blog, we list six essential tips that can ensure you survive a tire blowout.

1. Know the Signs

You may know what a blowout looks like from the outside of a vehicle thanks to television and film, but if you've never driven through a blowout before, the problem may not register immediately.
When a tire blows out, you may notice:​
  • A banging noise followed by hissing or whooshing
  • A repetitive flapping noise in one wheel well
  • A strong pull to one side
  • A sudden decrease in speed
If you observe these signs of a blowout, it's vital that you respond appropriately and immediately use these guidelines.

2. Ignore Your First Instinct

When most drivers realize they've lost a tire, their first instinct is to stop their car by slamming on the brakes. In reality, slamming on the breaks with a blown-out tire can cause you to lose control of the vehicle completely.
In fact, driving instructors actually recommend hitting the gas briefly after your notice the first signs of a blowout. This step helps stabilize the speed of your car by counteracting the drop in speed that a blowout can cause.
By ignoring the instinct to come to a sudden stop, you make it easier to perform the next steps in safely getting through a blowout.

3. Stay in Your Lane

As much as possible, avoid drifting to either side. Because your car is so off balance, sudden turns could cause fishtailing or even a flip. Instead, drive in a straight line to the best of your ability.
This effort also helps protect any other drivers who may be near you, since an out-of-control car could easily cause a multi-vehicle collision.

4. Pull Over Carefully

Once you have a basic handle on the motion of your car, you can begin to slow down gradually and pull off to the side of the road. Control the deceleration with your gas pedal to ensure that you're completely off the road before you come to a complete stop.
As you pull over, remember to only turn the wheel in slow, controlled motions. Keep both hands on the wheel to give yourself as much leverage as possible.

5. Ensure Your Vehicle Is Visible

When you're on the side of the road, do everything you can to make your car more visible to passing drivers. This step reduces the risk of a secondary accident, especially if you plan to try and change the tire yourself.
If you do change your tire, remember that spares are intended only for emergencies and should not be driven on for long distances.
Use your hazard lights and, if it's dark, turn on your headlights. If you have safety equipment with you, set out reflective cones or flags to make the shape of your car more obvious.

6. Make the Right Calls

Once you have secured your physical safety, reach out for help. Your first calls should be for roadside assistance, like a local towing company. Additionally, you may want to call a family member and let them know about the situation.
If you have a long wait until roadside assistance arrives, call your car insurance company.
If you've experienced a blowout and need an experienced towing professional to help get you home, trust Best Wrecker. We handle towing needs of all varieties, including unexpected blowouts.
In fact, we recommend programming our phone number into your phone so that you know you're covered if the worst should happen while you’re on the road.