The prospect of a tire blowout is likely to be one of many drivers’ worst nightmares. Although it is not a common event, it might happen to anyone on the road. It is therefore important to understand what to do if your tire breaks and what precautions you can take to avoid such automobile tire catastrophes. Instincts will either save or destroy you. Our instincts kick in, and we try to defend ourselves since it is a natural reaction to a risky scenario. So, if our automobile swerves to the left, we quickly turn the steering wheel to the right; similarly, if our car loses control, we stomp on the brakes and take our foot off the accelerator. In general, a slow puncture occurs when the tire is punctured and the air slowly evacuates from the tire. This could be due to a variety of factors, such as a defective valve or a small cut in the tire. This is a typical puncture that may be easily controlled by gently steering to the side of the road and replacing your tire. A blowout is defined as the abrupt release of air from a tire, which is usually caused by a catastrophic failure of the tire’s integrity. The most common causes of a blowout are underinflation or damage caused immediately by hitting a pothole or curbing.
Every blowout is dangerous, regardless of which axle it occurs on. When the front wheel bursts, you will feel a strong jerk and your steering wheel will pull towards the broken wheel. A rear tire blowout will also be detected through a drag. You will notice that your vehicle is fishtailing or otherwise acting as if you are driving on a slick surface. Tire blowouts on the steering axis of a bigger vehicle, such as a heavy freight car, camper, bus, or truck, will invariably result in a loss of control. Furthermore, a high-profile tire deepens the rapid lean, while additional weight increases the force pulling the car to one side. So, what is the proper response to a tire blowout? The most important thing is to maintain your cool. Maintain proper driving posture behind the wheel and, using both hands, maintain control of your vehicle when the tire bursts. Do not lean back in your seat or drive with one hand, since this will cause defensive reactions to be delayed. Maintain your composure and avoid making quick, violent motions with your hands on the steering wheel. Even when traveling at high speeds, many passenger automobiles maintain their balance following a tire burst (especially when using low-profile tires). Remove your foot off the accelerator slowly. Do this slowly, as a more abrupt release of pressure may cause the vehicle’s equilibrium to be thrown off.
Do not apply any pressure on the brake pedal. While this is instinctive, doing so will amplify the force dragging the car to one side. If you successfully regained control of the vehicle, let it gradually slow down. When the speed is less than 25-30 miles per hour, you can begin breaking gradually. You can also use the hand brake if the front tire blows out. If you do this, be extremely cautious (and only if your handbrake solely affects the rear wheels), as this allows you to transfer some load to the rear axles, relieving some strain at the front. This is one of the more challenging approaches, but if you don’t have direct control over the vehicle, accelerate. The less dynamic your vehicle is, the faster you should go. The challenge, though, is to suppress your instinctual want to stop the car. When the car has reached a steady speed, gradually ease off the accelerator. Following these procedures will assist you in counteracting the forces dragging the car to one side, lowering the effort necessary to hold onto the steering wheel. However, you should be aware that even for a short period, it is quite difficult to grasp a steering wheel that is dragging your vehicle in one direction. If you want to be ready for an emergency, you may always practice these strategies regularly to assist strengthen your natural, instinctivel reactions.