A tyre blow out is arguably one of the most frightening things to experience when driving. The important thing is to try to remain calm and not slam on the breaks because you’re panicking, as this could make the car spin. Luckily, tyre blow outs are not very common, however we thought we’d put together a quick guide explaining what to do in case it ever happens to you.
It’s likely the car will begin to weave about, especially if you’re driving at over 50mph. In order to slow down and stop at a safe place, hold the steering wheel firmly and let the car slow naturally. The most effective way to do this is to remove your foot from the accelerator and begin to move slowly down the gears before pulling into a safe place to stop.
If a front tyre bursts, it can often cause more issues steering than if a rear wheel were affected. You’ll need to steer to counteract the car pulling to one side. Again, it’s important not to brake suddenly using the foot brake. Try to decrease speed by allowing the vehicle to slow naturally. If you are driving in good conditions and feel confident, you can gently pull the hand brake on and off. However you should only attempt this if you’re strong enough to control the steering wheel with one hand.
Like most things in life, prevention is better than cure. Of course, there’s not much you can do at the time of the incident, but taking good care of your tyres can help reduce the chances of damage occurring. Every time you knock your tyres on a kerb or leave them resting on something when parking can all affect performance.
It’s a good idea to check tyre pressure regularly too. You can do this easily at any garage and can often top them up for pennies. Alternatively, if you’re passing Keele services south bound on the M6, visit WheelRight’s tyre pressure monitoring strip. Just drive over it and you will get a free printout of your tyre pressures in seconds.
December 23, 2015