Having your tyre burst when you’re driving could be one of the scariest things to experience when you are behind the wheel. Thankfully, with tyre technology continually improving, blowouts are becoming less frequent. However, they do still happen and everyone should know how to react in this situation if it does!
Key steps to remember;
1. Maintain your vehicle speed and try to remain calm
2. Do not slam on the brake pedal! This might be your immediate reaction but this can cause further imbalance to your vehicle and throw it out of control
3. Firmly grasp the steering wheel (there will be a lot of vibration). If your car is pulling you to one side, you may need to steer in the opposite direction to keep it going straight
4. A sharp movement of the steering wheel could result in a rollover. Reduce your speed cautiously, before finding a safe space to pull over and allow the vehicle to gradually coast to a stop
5. Remember to put your hazard lights on before exiting the vehicle.
Prevention is paramount;
Did you know that maintaining your vehicles tyres can help prevent accidents? Making sure you take good care of your tyres by checking them regularly will help reduce the chances of a blowout occurring.
Remember to check the air pressure regularly;
- The AA recommends checking your tyre pressures every couple of weeks, when the tyres are cold. ‘Cold’ means the car shouldn’t have been driven for more than an hour
- Under inflated tyres will increase stopping distances and affect your vehicles handling, making collisions more likely
- Under inflated tyres flex more and get hotter, making sudden tyre failure or blowouts are more likely
Every time you drive over a pothole or bump your tyre off a kerb, your tyres are absorbing road shocks. Having the correct level of air inside them supports the weight of your car and acts as a spring, so never underestimate the importance of maintaining a healthy tyre pressure.
Check the tyres’ tread depth;
- The more tread your tyre has, the better the hold your vehicle will have on the roads surface
- An easy way to check if your tyre has exceeded the minimum legal tread depth is to simply place a 20p coin in the main tread groves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit.