As a car driver, you might face lots of risky times, but there is nothing that is genuinely more frightening and potentially more dangerous than a tyre blowout. Despite the significant technological advance in the safety standards field, a tyre blowout is still considered to be a very dangerous and problematic issue.
First, you have to know what the common major symptoms of a tyre blowout are. Well, it is pretty easy, there is this very loud boom sound that will most likely occur and alert you like a gun shot. Also you might hear the sound of air escaping quickly from the tyre and it will probably sound like a whoosh. The last key sound is that of the poor deflated tyre continuously hitting the road as you drive.
Those sounds can really scare you while you are driving, with your mind all occupied by the thoughts that your car is about to spin or ideas of that sort. As you will know later on, freaking out will not be one of your strength points, not here, not anywhere.
After a tyre has just blown out, the vehicle will gently slow down and then it will pull strongly to the side of the victim tyre. Your feeling of the blowout’s force will differ according to the position of the deflated tyre. If it is a front tyre, the force will be directed mostly within the steering of the vehicle. If it is the rear tyre then you will most probably feel its force in the seat or the body of the car.
You can get your tyres replaced once you have dealt with this problem and returned home safely. Two really good online stores that offer some great tyres are: tyre-shopper.co.uk and www.national.co.uk, which happens to also be a supplier for brake pads.
Now that you have been informed how it feels and the sound of it, you should now be guided on how to deal with it, in other words, how to safely drive through a tyre blowout. It is known that some people do not like the word “safely” but face it, you are not Vin Diesel and the word safely is the very thin line between your adventurous life and your long stay 6 feet under.
What to do?
When you are certain that a tyre has just blown out, remember the 1939 Brit’s advice which is “Keep Calm and Carry On”. Yes, you will literally do that. First thing you need to do is to fight your Vin Diesel spirit and do nothing.
Remember reading something that said a car will strongly pull to the side of the victim tyre? To avoid that you must follow a small number of steps.
- Ignore the inner voice that tells you to hit the brakes, do not do that.
- Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and do not jerk it in any direction.
- Gently accelerate to maintain control over your car and keep driving in a straight line.
- Slowly ease off the acceleration pedal.
- Apply the brakes slowly when your speed lowers to 30 mph.
Turn on your right turn signal and direct your vehicle to the right side of the road. Turn on your emergency flashers.