How To Deal With A Tyre Blowout
March 20, 2018 at 5:33 PM
A tyre blowout can be dangerous, more so if you’re driving at high speed, as it could cause your vehicle to lose control. A burst front tyre will usually cause your vehicle to “pull” to the side of the blown-out tyre while a burst rear tyre usually causes your vehicle to sway side to side.
If you happen to get a tyre burst while driving, keep calm and do the following:
- Hold the steering wheel with both hands and maintain the correct driving posture.
- Avoid making sudden movements on the steering wheel as this could destabilise the car. Instead, try to keep your car on its path with mild steering movements.
- Remove your foot slowly from the accelerator while keeping off the brake pedal.
- Once the car has slowed down considerably, you can begin applying the brakes ever so slightly.
- Indicate and steer your vehicle to the side of the road. Drive on the bare metal wheel if you need to, but don’t stop in the middle of the road.
- Put on your hazard lights once your car comes to a halt.