What Should You Do During A Tyre “Blowout”?

What action should you take if you experience a tyre “blowout”?
The goal in any rapid loss of tyre pressure, or "blowout" is to keep your vehicle balanced and controllable.

By The Acclaim Team on 17th June 2014 in News

Acclaim’s Driving Tips

If you have a tyre "blowout" what should you do?

  • In any rapid loss of tyre pressure, or a "blowout" situation you need to keep your vehicle balanced and controllable. Try not to panic, any over-reaction by you the driver including slamming on the brakes, or abruptly removing your foot from the accelerator  can result in the loss of the  control of your vehicle.

  • In any “blowout” situation, it's most important to first remember the two things you should NOT do:

  • Do not step on the brake,  as instinctive as it may be, it's the worst mistake you can make in any tyre “blowout” situation. Applying the brakes will cause an even greater imbalance on your vehicle's stability.

  • Also do not abruptly release your foot from the accelerator. This is the second worst mistake you can make. Rapidly releasing the accelerator causes the vehicle to transfer more of its weight from the rear tyres to the front tyres. With a flat tyre, this can lead to loss of control of the vehicle.

  • In any “blowout” situation, you should follow these 3 steps:
  • Gradually release the accelerator

  • Correct the steering as necessary to stabilize your vehicle and regain control. Look where you want the vehicle to go and steer in that direction.

  • Once your vehicle has stabilised, continue to slow down and pull off the road where and when you judge it's safe to do so.

  • Remember, no matter which tyre blows out front or rear the do's and don'ts for safely maintaining control of your vehicle are exactly the same. The only difference between a front and rear tyre “blowout” is that you will feel the force of a front “blowout” more in the vehicle's steering, while you'll feel a rear “blowout” more in the seat, or body of your vehicle.

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