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.
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