How to Survive a Tire Blowout
Tire blowouts cause 75,000 accidents and 400 deaths each year, but almost anyone can safely regain control after a blowout if they follow a few simple tips. Here’s everything you need to know about surviving a tire blowout (and how to avoid one).
Surviving a Blowout
After a tire blowout, stay calm and steer straight; don’t turn the steering wheel or let go of the gas pedal. A blown tire will act like a parachute, slowing your speed naturally. Accelerating slightly after a blowout can help you regain control of the vehicle.
Avoiding a Blowout
Before any long trips, check your tire pressure, and don’t drive on worn tires in the summer heat. If your tires feel “off” or you have a tire pressure warning light on, visit your local Firestone Complete Auto Care for a complete tire inspection.
What does a tire blowout sound like?
You may first hear a loud boom or bang as the tire pops, followed by a whooshing sound or the sound of air quickly escaping from the tire, and finally a repeated flapping or flopping of the deflated tire hitting the road.
Is a tire blowout dangerous?
Tire blowouts are extremely dangerous because they affect vehicle handling and can cause you to lose control; at best, they are a major inconvenience; at worst, they can result in catastrophic accidents.
Can you drive on a blown out tire?
Driving on a flat tire can damage the tire’s internal structure, cause wheel and vehicle damage, and cause poor vehicle handling and control, all of which can lead to an accident, injury, or death.u201d
What happens if your tire blows out while driving?
Tire blowouts cause over 75,000 accidents and kill over 400 drivers each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At highway speeds, a tire blowout can quickly cause an inexperienced driver to panic and lose control.
Can you die from a tire blowout?
Because of the risk of collision and the possibility that the blowout will cause the car or other vehicles to spin into other lanes of traffic or off the road, tire blowout accidents are among the deadliest on the road.
Which is worse front or rear tire blowout?
Most experts now agree that having a blowout in the front is preferable to having one in the back, because blowouts are dangerous because they impair the car’s handling. If the blowout is in the back, there’s nothing you can do because you have no control over the vehicle’s rear end.
Why would a tire blowout?
It’s the sudden failure of a tire due to wear, defect, or, most commonly, under inflation. Under inflation causes the side of a tire to flex more, which generates heat, which causes the blowout.
Which tire blowout is considered more dangerous?
To be sure, a blown tire is dangerous in any case, but front tire blowouts are more dangerous at low speeds, and the consequences of driving under a blown rear tire at high speeds are more serious.
What to do if your tire pops on the highway?
Here’s what you should do if your tire blows out on the highway:
- Grip the steering wheel firmly and don’t slam on the brakes.
- Let your car slow down gradually by taking your foot off the gas pedal.
- Let your car roll toward the berm or an exit.
What the lowest tire pressure you can drive on?
If your vehicle has standard passenger tires, the lowest tire pressure you can drive with is 20 pounds per square inch ( PSI ). Anything less than 20 PSI is considered a flat tire and puts you at risk of a potentially deadly blowout.
How far can I drive on a blown tire?
If your TPM indicates that your tire’s PSI is rapidly dropping or if your tire has already blown out, change your driving style immediately, driving no more than 1.5 miles and no faster than 20 mph u2013 this is the only way to ensure that your tire survives this disaster.
Can I drive 5 miles on a flat tire?
To be safe, driving on a flat tire for any distance is too far; if your tire has lost all air pressure, it will not only damage the tire beyond repair, but it may also put you in danger. If you choose to drive it to the shop, check the tire’s pressure every mile or so.
What actions should you take if a tire blows out?
When a tire blows out, you must regain control of your vehicle without braking, drive slowly off the road, turn on your hazard flashers, and find a safe place to stop.
Can a nail cause a tire blowout?
A tire blowout is one of the most unexpectedu2014and unnervingu2014driving experiences, and it can be caused by something as minor as a nail in the road. The top five causes of tire blowouts, according to the NSC, are under-inflation, overload, uneven tread wear, damage, and defects.
How do you prevent tire blowouts?
Check your tires for low leaks, wear and tear, proper pressure, and keeping your load light, all while staying within your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Schedule a service appointment today!