How to Handle a Tire Blowout

When experiencing a tire blowout, the key is to keep your cool, and to maintain control at all times.

Step 1: Stay cool
Ignore your natural instinct to hit the brakes or jerk the steering wheel when you have a blowout.

Step 2: Accelerate slightly
Accelerate slightly to maintain control of the vehicle. Keep going straight.

Tip: Hold the steering wheel firmly with both hands at 10 o’clock and two o’clock on the wheel to avoid losing control.

Step 3: Decelerate
Ease off the accelerator slowly.

Step 4: Coast
Maintain your course while the vehicle slows.

Step 5: Apply brakes
Apply the brakes gently when your car slows to 30 miles per hour.

Step 6: Turn on right turn signal
Turn on your right turn signal.

Tip: Never stop on the left side of the road, if possible. This is the most dangerous place to be.

Step 7: Pull over
Pull your vehicle off to the side of the road, and breathe a sigh of relief…you’ve just survived a blowout.

Did You Know?
Michigan has the highest rate of seat belt usage in the U.S., at 97.2 percent.

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