Blowouts occur more often in the summer because heat causes the tire rubber to expand; but who thinks about this? So here you are, going 65 mph+ on the freeway when you hear a pop. The car slows down drastically; you instantly realize you have a tire blowout. What do you do in this dangerous scenario?
How to Recognize a Tire Blowout
Not everyone recognizes the signs of a blowout right away. You may hear a banging pop and feel a reverberation inside the car. Expect repeated flopping and flapping as the flat tire smacks the road.
Other signs to bear in mind:
- The car may pull to one side.
- Expect rougher steering if a front tire blows out.
- Expect vibrations and bumpiness in the seat if a rear tire blows out.
Driving Through a Tire Blowout
We know this is easier said than done but stay calm and keep driving. Here’s what you do:
- Firmly grip the steering wheel.
- Refrain from slamming on the brakes.
- Slow the car and pull over when safe to do so.
- Turn on the emergency lights.
- Exit your vehicle and inspect the damage. Only do this when you’re a safe distance from other motorists on the highway.
What to Do Next
If you have a spare tire and know how to change a tire, then proceed to do so. Otherwise, phone AAA, a towing service, or roadside assistance. Remember, a spare tire is only for temporary use. We suggest heading to an auto repair shop ASAP.
We Diagnose Cars for Tire Damage
Waste no time in bringing your vehicle to Jones Automotive Clinic. Our auto service can assess for potential damage to components like the axle or suspension. View our gallery for our crew on the job. Remember to remain calm and be observant when driving through a tire blowout.
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