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Emergency: Loss of Steering Due
to a Blowout!
s you might know, driving can be dangerous and
experiencing the loss of your steering due to a blowout can be very
dangerous indeed. If you experience a blowout and experience a
temporary loss of steering because of it, you don’t have to panic
or fear the worst. You can take care of the situation and really be
protected. In fact, by following certain safety measures a blowout
doesn’t have to be a big deal at all. In this article, we will
discuss what to do if you experience a blowout and how to protect
your front tire blows, the car may suddenly veer wildly as if
you’ve thrown the steering wheel to one side while a busted rear
tire will usually make you head more gracefully. Don’t steer
suddenly in any direction; just try to slow down and get to the
Do not slam on the brakes. Although this might
be your first instinct, do not do it. In fact, hitting on your
brakes is the worst thing that you can do and will cause you to lose
control of your vehicle. Instead, keep your foot on the gas pedal
when you experience a blowout. The vehicle’s forward vector is
your friend and will allow the continuous engine power to help you
steer the vehicle. Just as you would in a sudden strong crosswind,
maintain it and steering will protect you.
Slow down gradually. Let the car slow down
gradually by taking your foot off the gas pedal and work your
vehicle toward the breakdown lane or toward an exit. If you have to
change lanes, put on your turn signals and be cognizant of to other
drivers. Also, put on your emergency flashers to warn others.
Steer as your vehicle slows down. It is better
to roll the car off the roadway and into a safe place than it is to
stop in traffic and risk being hit by other vehicles. Try and get
your car off the pavement and away from traffic before getting out
of the car.
Don’t be frightened by strange noises you hear.
If you let it, those strange noises from a blowout can scare you.
Simply grip the wheel tightly and only make steering corrections as
needed. Wait for your vehicle to drop at the afflicted corner and
look for a good place to pull off.
Leave the tire and wheel. OK, I know that they
cost money but they are history. It is more important to avoid an
accident than to stop in traffic trying to grab your tire. Instead,
keep going until you find a safe place to pull off the road. If
there is a ton of traffic, you might want to continue until you see
your next exit. A flat is good for up to 1/3 mile before you are
riding on the rim and the rim can go for up to two miles before it
Don’t Be Hard on Yourself. Just about
everyone will have a flat tire in their life. If this happens to you
and you experience a blowout, stay calm, be patient and remember
that it is more important to get of the road than to site there and
try and save your tire. Tires and rims can be replaced but your life
and the life of your passengers cannot.
Last, but not least, use common sense.
If you are forced to pull off on the shoulder then park as far as
you can from the road itself. Changing a left side tire close to
traffic could get you killed. Also, make sure that you pull out your
emergency flashers, flares and reflectors. This could inevitably
save your life!
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