A tyre bursting can be a serious problem that can result in your car flipping. Our experts discuss how to deal with burst tyres calmly and safely.
Tyres bursting can cause serious problems for your car. It’s important to deal with it logically and in a sensible way to reduce the danger for yourself and the drivers on the road around you. Read on for our expert guide.
The lower the speed, the lower the chance of seriously damaging yourself or the car. Speed limits are there for a reason of course, so remember that if you burst a tyre whilst driving at 70mph or more, the risk is a lot higher than if you burst a tyre whilst doing 50mph.
Don’t make any sudden pedal changes
Instinct dictates that if a tyre bursts, your first reaction is to make an emergency stop. As difficult as it may be to resist the temptation, it’s vital that you don't; equally, don’t abruptly take your foot off the accelerator. Any sudden movement on either pedal isn’t needed, given that the deceleration force from a blown tyre is strong enough to rapidly slow down your car anyway.
Don’t jerk the steering wheel
If you try and turn a corner or make a sharp turn when a tyre’s blown, this will upset the car’s composure. If a tyre blows, it’s important not to swing one way or another, as this could turn the car over or veer the vehicle into traffic. Keep the vehicle pointed as straight and steady as you can.
Keep the car stable
Even when you’ve gained control, don’t try to over-correct the steering of the car. Stability is vital, especially with the car structurally compromised. Don’t make any sudden movements within the car and don’t alter the speed too sharply.
Lightly engage the brakes of the car but only when the vehicle has decelerated to a slow speed. Drive on the bare metal of the wheel if you have to but do not stop in the middle of the road if you can. Activate your hazard lights and pull over safely off the road if you can.
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