Sequel to our post on Tyre Blowout, Causes And How They Happen, we thought it wise to write a detailed post on how to handle the situation of tyre blowout when driving.
When there is tyre blowout, you will experience loud noise and jerk on the steering wheel. There would be high rush of adrenaline and a tendency to slam the brake. Many drivers would be tensed up. This is normal. What they always get wrong is lifting their foot off the accelerator, slamming the brake and quickly steering the vehicle to one side of the road.
Unfortunately, this particular action is dangerous and have claimed a lot of lives on our roads. The above actions would always make the situation more difficult to be controlled by the driver.
As you’re driving, always be prepared for the worst case scenario as accidents come unannounced. Imagine driving with one hand and less concentration just before the blowout; the outcome won’t be so nice.
How you react can make a whole lot of difference on how the situation can be resolved without much complications
Always drive with the proper sitting and hand position at all times especially when on highway. It will give you better odds of dealing with some driving situations such as blowout.
You’re likely to hear these sounds when a tyre blowout occur
1. Loud boom or bang
2. Whoosing sound. Sound of air quickly escaping from the tyre.
3. A repeated flapping of the deflated tyre fitting your car and road.
What will you experience when there is tyre blowout?
When tyre burst occur, you will experience a strong pull towards the left or right. This depends on which tyre got blown out.
If it should be one of the front tyres, you will feel the force mostly within the steering wheel. If it should be one of the rear tyres, you will feel it more in the seat or body of the car
According to safety experts, here are some important safety tips and best practices to implement if you experience tyre blowout.
- Make sure you keep a firm grip on the steering wheel
- Do not slam the brakes. I repeat, do not slam the brakes.
- Allow your car to gradually slow down. This is to preserve the momentum and offset the pulling caused by the blown tyre
- Give the car time to stabilize. After it must have stabilized,
- Pull to the side of the road once you have slowed to a safe speed.