What to Do if You Have a Flat Tire

Flat Tire

If You Have a Flat or Blowout While Driving

The question:

If you have a flat tire or blowout while driving, you should…

The answer:

Different situations may also call for different behavior, but the following is a general guide line:

  • Maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel and try to hold a straight course.
  • Gradually decrease your speed.

This means that you should not slam on the brakes or try to stop quickly after a blowout. Neither should you make any sudden turns or immediately try to steer out of the way of traffic. It will only increases your chances of losing control.

  • When your speed is low enough, get as far off the road as possible
  • Ideally, you should stop only at a highly visible section of the road shoulder.
  • Turn on your hazard lights to alert passing traffic, if you haven’t done so already!

This means that car with a flat or blowout can always safely be driven off the road, once the risk of losing control of the vehicle is gone.

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