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4 Guidelines to follow for Handling a Tire Blowout

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You're on your way to work, a family reunion or maybe even a thrilling road trip to the beach. All of a sudden, your tire blows out, and you are trapped somewhere between suburbia and your final destination. For many drivers, there is nothing more frightening, or potentially dangerous, than a tire blowout.

When your tire blows out, there isn't much time before it becomes a struggle to avoid an auto accident. How you instinctively react can make all the difference for your safety and the safety of those around you. The most important thing is to stay calm and in control of your vehicle.

Below are a series of guidelines that you should be aware of and adopt so that you are prepared with what to do next.
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What Does a Tire Blowout Feel Like?

Tire blowouts happen all at once, and can occur no matter what speed you're traveling.
  • Your vehicle will slow down.
  • Depending on which tire burst, your car will pull to either the right or the left.
  • If the front tire blew out, you will feel the force within the steering of your vehicle. With a rear tire, you will feel it more so in the seat and/or body of the car.

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How to Drive Through a Tire Blowout

Once your tire blows out, it will be difficult to sustain the control that you are used to having. The most important thing is to get out of harm's way, and to follow these steps:
  1. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel.
  2. Do not slam on your brakes.
  3. Let your car slow down gradually.
  4. Pull to the side of the road.
  5. Turn on your emergency flashers.
  6. Call for help.

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What to Do After a Tire Blowout

Once you are off the road with your flashers activated, you can begin to exit your car for the next steps.
  1. Put out reflective cones or triangles, if you have them.
  2. Locate your spare tire. Your owner's manual will guide you as to where your spare tire and necessary tools are located. Keep in mind; if you do not have a full-sized spare, it should not be driven for long distances.
  3. If it is not safe to change the tire where you are, or you are unsure how, call for roadside assistance.

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How to prevent a Tire Blowout

Fortunately, tire blowouts are easily avoidable with the proper upkeep and monitored air pressure checks. Check your tires monthly and before major road trips for proper inflation, abrasions and impact damage that may occur during excessive use. If you ever need a hand, Pep Boys is here to help you with anything you may need.