The Deadly Nature of Tire Blowouts

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that tire malfunctions contributed to almost 750 fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2016. Naturally, the best way to avoid this type of an accident is to make sure that your tires are properly maintained and are in good working order.

The Physics Involved in a Tire Blowout

If you are driving down the roadway and one of your tires blows out then your car will immediately veer in the direction of the blown-out tire. If your right front or rear tire blows out then your car will veer to the right and vice versa. Your initial response would be to slam on the brakes and turn your wheel hard left. Engaging this type of maneuver could cause your car to spin sideways and roll over.

Tricks to Driving Through a Blowout

Safety experts indicate there are four important things that you need to do in order to avoid being involved in a serious accident and possibly killing someone after your tire blows out:

1. You should keep your foot on the accelerator and steer your car in the direction of the skid. You may also have to give the car a little bit more gas to overcome the initial friction that is pulling you to one side. It is important that the wheels do not lock up as you may lose complete control of the car;

2. You then need to gently steer your car to bring it back into line and once you have accomplished this objective you can start to ease your foot off the gas to slow down;

3. Only use minimal braking and when your car is under control pull off the road; and

4. Wait until your car has come to a complete stop before engaging the hazard lights because if you take your eyes off the roadway to look for the button this momentary distraction could lead to other problems.

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