How to Survive an Untimely Tire Blowout

How to Survive an Untimely Tire Blowout

( – Tire blowouts are pretty common and can be fatal if not handled correctly. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that about 400 out of the yearly 75,000 tire blowouts result in death. Thankfully, there are some tips you can follow to help you survive one.

After a tire blows out, rule #1 is to stay calm. It may seem strange, but your best action is no action at the beginning of a blowout. You shouldn’t step on your brakes or take your foot off the accelerator — yet. Don’t panic; you don’t want to do anything that could cause you to lose control.

You’re going to feel your vehicle pull, so do your best to keep the vehicle on a straight path. What you’re going to do next is going to seem like a bad idea, but it can help you regain control of the vehicle: You’re going to press lightly on the gas pedal.

Once you’ve regained control of the vehicle, slowly let off of the accelerator and allow the vehicle to slow itself down. Be sure to turn on your hazard lights as you’re going to decelerate quickly. After your vehicle gets below travel speeds of 30 mph, you can apply the brakes — but do so gradually, easing your vehicle off of the road.

While less common than tire blowouts, people can also pass out at the wheel while driving. Be sure to check out how to survive being the passenger in this situation, which may save both your lives.

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