Not many drivers experience a blowout on the highway when on motion, it is extremely rare but getting a puncture or blowout while driving can be a scary experience – especially if you have never experienced on before or if you’re driving at high speed on the motorway. Knowing the correct way to respond could make the difference between survival and disaster.
The good news is, with tyre technology continually improving, blowouts are becoming an infrequent occurrence. Still, they do happen and it’s best that you know what to do if you suffer one.
When a blowout occurs, all the air is released immediately from the tyre. The causes of blowouts include under-inflation, damage sustained by striking a kerb or hitting an obstacle on the road. In some cases, it could be as a result of the tarmac being so hot that it caused the tyre to explode
During a blowout, the car will suddenly and violently swerve to the left or right.
These are 6 simple steps to take. They are as follows:
(1) DON’T PANIC in the event of a blowout, calm yourself down fast because your car will start misbehaving and you need to take charge.
(2) Hold FIRMLY to your steering wheel with both hand, NO VIGOROUS TURNING, as you concentrate on the road and your mirrors, in seconds study the movement pattern of the car. Your car will naturally swerve to the direction of the burst tyre.
(3) Gradually take off your foot from the accelerator, DON’T EVER ATTEMPT TO PRESS THE BRAKES, IF YOU DO, YOU HAVE A 95% CHANCE OF A SOMERSAULT. The car will decelerate gradually while you concentrate on the road to avoid collision with any other road user.
(4) Disengage the gears of the car by shifting to neutral (N) as you still maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel and put your eyes on the road.
(5) After a while depending on your initial speed, your car comes to a speed less than 60km/h when it is now safe to GRADUALLY apply the brakes and navigate to the sidewalk
(6) Ultimately, it is now safe to put the car to a complete stop and turn off the engine. You have just saved yourself and passengers from an untimely death.
Of course, everyone in the car will be in a panic mode BUT this is NOT THE TIME TO LISTEN TO THEM, it is TIME TO CONCENTRATE.
Remember to always have your seat belt on.