Handle Tyre Blowouts
Don’t let a tyre blowout be a catastrophe
A tyre blowout is something that many drivers may experience on the roads at some point in their lives. The most common reasons for blowouts are as a result of hitting potholes, underinflated or worn tyres or, unfortunately, as a result of second-hand tyres that do not meet certain standards.
Driver training organisation MasterDrive has the following tips on dealing with a blowout:
Hold the steering wheel firmly. Do not slam on the brakes but rather slow down gradually by slowly removing your foot from the accelerator. After this, use common sense to get to a safe place where your tyre can be replaced: don’t swerve across lanes, use your hazard lights when it is safe to do so.
MasterDrive points out that preventing blowouts is the best course of action, where possible, and this means prioritising tyre maintenance. “Consider investing in a more expensive and accurate tyre pressure gauge that you can use to regularly check your tyre pressure. Do not drive with worn, expired or damaged tyres, and avoid purchasing second hand tyres, even those that meet minimum requirements.”