Perhaps one of the worst experiences when driving is when there is a sudden tire blowout. Regardless of driving speed, a tire blowout is a scary experience. Even worse, a tire blowout is generally a precursor to a serious accident because the driver suddenly loses control.
As a matter of fact the stats are depressing. Tire blowouts and flats are responsible for some 11,000 vehicle collisions and some 200 fatalities a year.
Thankful car manufacturers have wised up, and they are creating systems that will mitigate the impact of a sudden blowout.
While the advances in car technology and safety standards have certainly helped, tire blowouts are still a serious safety issue. The reason for this is because even if tire blowouts are a rare even when it does happen, drivers, do not have the requisite skill to deal with them.
When a tire blows out, the driver has less than a quarter of a second before the struggle for control becomes unbearable. As a result, the driver’s reaction in that precious split second can spell the difference between a serious accident and a relatively safe landing.
The first step is remain calm and has the presence of mind to react in correctly.
The Sound of Immediate Danger
Three key sounds will mark a blowout:
There is a sudden loss of speed associated with the blowout. After all, the tire has blown, so it is no longer rotating as quickly as it is supposed to. If the front tire bursts, it will also feel like you have lost control because the steering becomes unresponsive. If the rear tire has burst, then the balance will be off, and the back end will sink.
Surviving the Blowout
According to the National Safety Council, sever key reactions will be best to keep you safe during a blow out .