Flat tire, fix a flat tire

Posted on by Defensive Driving | in Defensive Driving Tips

You’re just cruising along on the freeway minding your own business when all of the sudden you hear it: a huge, loud “POP!” Then you suddenly feel your car swerving out of its lane leaving you with very little control. While panic may be your first reaction, it is very important that you remain calm and proceed with caution. According to the National Safety Council, here are the steps you should take following a tire blowout.

  1. Maintain Control of Your Car — Since your car will be hard to steer, it is important that you grip the steering wheel with both hands to give you optimum control. Never slam on your brakes. Instead, gradually lift your foot off the gas to slow down your vehicle. To learn even more about how to drive defensively, consider taking a course at DefensiveDriving.com.
  2. Get to the Side of the Road — Your first goal should be to get your car to the side of the road, out of harm’s way. It is okay to drive on a flat as long as you drive slowly. After all, your tire is probably already ruined anyway. Make sure to signal properly and put on your emergency flashers as soon as you reach the side of the road. If there is an exit within sight, you should try to reach it if at all possible.
  3. Remember that Safety is a Priority — No matter where you were headed or what important thing you need to do, nothing is more important than your safety. You should only attempt to change the tire yourself if you can do it safely with 100% certainty. If there is any question, do not hesitate to call for assistance. If you do not have cell phone reception, tie something white to your antenna or hang it out your window so cops passing by know you need help. When waiting for help to arrive, get out of your car and step as far away from it and the roadway as possible. Before you know it your tire will be fixed and you will be on your way.
|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 119309 ratings and reviews.

Siddharth Turaga TX, united states
Easy to navigate
Therese Ledesma united states
Love it, easy to follow.
Britney English None, united states
Great
tracy elms None, united states
very easy
Lorin Taylor None, united states
My experience with DefenseDriving.com was great. Very easy to sign up. Highly recommend.
Daniel Silva None, united states
Quick and easy
Raina ida Flanary-Ford None, united states
Thanks for making this process simple & not so difficult to understand.
Jennie TX, United States
Great experience
Thomas Reiff united states
The website is easy to navigate.
Leslie Holiday Texas, united states
Everything is simple! Just view the video and take your quiz on the video that you completed and wallah!
Tyler Homan United States
It's been very seamless and quite informational!
Gabrielle Jackson None, united states
Easy registration process
Taveres Burrows Jr None, united states
Really easy to sign up and love they have 2 different options for the class.
Ester Salazar None, united states
Easy to sign up for.
michelle perez None, united states
easy to use!
Victor Ledezma None, united states
Great
Ali Texas , united states
The process was simple and fast! Enjoyed it
caleb walters TEXAS, united states
Great course. Very eye opening
Rajesh Tumpala Texas, united states
Good
Lauren Potter None, united states
Easy to use
Linda Toombs None, united states
Easy
Joshua Hatch None, united states
Great
Dakota Kinzley Texas, united states
Very easy to set up and accomplish
Tom Knox Tx, united states
It was interesting and interesting informative.
Cassandra Hammond united states
Awesome
Alexandru Didea None, united states
So far good - sign up for online class was easy.
Christina Mata None, united states
Quick & easy
Juventino Franco None, united states
very good experience
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course