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How to Handle a Tyre Blowout

Published on: 29 October 2015

How to Handle a Tyre Blowout

Collisions, rolling and flipping are just a few of the worst-case scenarios that a driver might face in the event of a tyre blow-out. The truth is that South African drivers need to be prepared for anything - and pay attention to the road at all times - especially when tasked with driving on varying degrees of road types.

Worn tyres, potholes and foreign objects that litter the roads are enough to cause your tyre to blow, resulting in a terrifying experience that can only be controlled for those who are prepared for it.

When it comes to a tyre blow-out, it is almost impossible to predict how your vehicle will react, even if you’re prepared for it. There are instances when drivers are lucky enough to only have minimal damage to the undercarriage of the vehicle, and then there are those who are faced with a vehicle that is written-off due to insurmountable damage. It is for this reason that car insurance, car maintenance, advanced driving courses and children’s car seats are of extreme importance.

Here are a few tips on how to handle a tyre blow-out:

Prevention is priority

One of the most prolific reasons for a tyre blow-out is that of wear and tear. There is no escaping the fact that, at some point or another, you will need to replace your tyres. However, up until that point, it is best to regularly do the following:

Keep calm and steady

In the event that your tyre does blow out on the open road, you will need to know how to control your vehicle. If you’re travelling at speeds under 60 km/hour, you will have significantly more control over your vehicle than what you would have if you were travelling at a speed of 120 km/hour. As frightening as the situation can be, try to control your vehicle in a calm and steady manner:

  • Immediately turn on your hazard lights, keep both hands on the steering wheel, and keep your vehicle in a straight and steady line.
  • In the event of a situation which could impact our safety, our immediate response is to apply as much pressure to the brakes as possible. However, this is not advised in the event of a tyre blow-out as hitting the brakes can lead to the vehicle rolling or tumbling. Instead of using the brakes to stop your car, slowly decrease the pressure that is applied to the accelerator to ensure that the vehicle remains steady.
  • Once your vehicle comes to a stop, avoid pulling over onto the side of the road – rather keep your hazard lights running and place the hazard triangle 100 metres behind your car.
  • Don’t try and make it to the next garage as you can do irreparable damage to your vehicle.

Invest in car insurance

Look for insurance companies that offer comprehensive cover, or contact MiWay for a no-obligation quote.