What to Do If You Get a Blowout on the Road
Imagine you are driving along the freeway late at night or in the early hours of the morning and all of a sudden your tire blows out. You can't control your car anymore, it starts skidding out of control like it's on ice.
When it comes to having a flat tire while driving, there's always something wrong. However, when traveling on an interstate highway or another high-speed roadway with a blown tire or deflation, certain concerns arise. Here are some ideas for dealing with a flat tire.
- Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel at all times if you encounter any problems with your tires. Turn on your emergency lights.
- Don't slam on the brakes. Allow the car to come to a complete stop gradually by removing your foot from the gas pedal.
- If you're trapped on the highway after an accident, get your car as close to the breakdown lane as possible or, if feasible, toward an exit.
- If you must change lanes, communicate your intentions to drivers following you and do so without drama or haste. Keep an eye on your mirrors and the traffic around you carefully when changing lanes. Steer when your car comes to a halt. It's preferable to roll the vehicle off the road (when you've slowed to 30 miles per hour) and into a secure location rather than stopping in traffic and risking an injury as a result of another automobile's rear end or side impact.
- Even if rolling along slowly with the bad tire flapping is required to reach a safe place, it's critical to get the vehicle well off the road and away from traffic before stopping.
- You'll be fine if you take it easy and avoid abrupt movements. It's probably ruined, regardless of whether you damage it.
- When all four wheels are off the road, apply the emergency brake lightly and cautiously until you come to a complete stop.
- If you get to the shoulder safely, place reflectorized squares in front of your car to warn approaching drivers. Keep the emergency flashers on.
- Remember that safety should take precedence over your schedule or other issues. At the very least, it can be anxiety-provoking to change a tire in traffic. As a result, if you have a tire problem or other breakdown on a multi-lane stretch of road, you may want to seek expert assistance. Don't park behind or adjacent to your car. If at all feasible, stand away from the car and wait for assistance to arrive.
So, what else can you do when you are safe? Call us! We will be there as soon as possible to change your tire for you.
We understand that many times drivers are in a hurry and don't have time to change their own tires. That's why we offer this service to our customers. We want to help make your life easier, not more complicated.
So the next time you find yourself in a bind and need a tire changed fast, give us a call at 308-999-TOWS