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.