Picture this: You and your family are cruising along the highway in good spirits when suddenly you hear a POP! You can sense your tire quickly leaking air. It’s a frightening—but not uncommon—experience. Tire pressure monitoring systems have significantly reduced these events by allowing you to regularly monitor tire pressure, but accidents still do happen. Here’s how to safely handle a tire blowout like the one we just described:
- Remain calm: By frantically slamming on the brakes or yanking the wheel, you will cause more harm than good. Take a deep breath instead of reacting rashly.
- Put on your hazards: Communicate with other drivers that something has gone wrong so they expect you to slow down and know to give you space.
- Do not brake: Instead, ease off the accelerator and slowly coast to a stop on the shoulder. Note: If your front tire blows out, you may have more trouble steering.
- Contact help: If you have roadside assistance from your insurance or another company, call immediately. If not, call a tow for help or change the tire yourself. Also call or text a family member or friend so that they know what has happened so that they can check in and ensure you’ve made it home safely later.
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