One of the major causes of accident on highway is tyre blowouts. Tyre blowout is the major fear drivers face while driving on the highway because no matter how good a driver you are, you are bound to loose control of your vehicle once you experience a tyre blowout. With recent tyre technologies the rate of tyre blowout has been reduced to the barest minimum. However, here are some tips on how to handle a tyre burst.
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1. Drive Safely
The number one step to surviving a tyre blowout is to drive safely. Do not over speed while driving on the highway. Research by the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) has revealed that blowout at 80–90 km/h (50–56 mph) will be far less dramatic than one at 140–150 km/h (87–93 mph). Which means you have higher chances of survival at 80-90km/hr.
2. Do Not Slam On The Brake Pedal
Once you experience a tyre blowout, the first thing that will occur to you is to slam the brake. However, slamming the brake is the worst thing to do because it will cause an imbalance in the car and possibly more damages.
3. Decelerate Slowly
Just like slamming the brake. you will be tempted to promptly remove your leg from the accelerator pedal once you experience a blow out. One of the leading tyre manufacturers Michelin recommended you maintain acceleration and decelerate slowly.
4. Keep the Vehicle Pointed Straight
Once you experience a tyre blowout, your car will automatically drift towards the blown out tyre. However, it’s advisable you keep the car pointed straight so as to maintain the car’s composure. Your car drifting off the lane can cause more damage even to incoming vehicles.
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