Part of being a good driver is being prepared. In our previous post, we talked about how important it is to keep your tires properly inflated. Failure to do so could lead to a blowout- a sudden rupture or malfunction due to pressure, in particular the bursting of an automobile tire. A blowout can be a dangerous situation. A flat tire can also lead to a stressful and hazardous roadside situation. Cassels Garage can handle tire servicing for you in the Melbourne area of Brevard County, Florida. We also strive to keep you safe and informed. So, here is some information on how to be prepared in case of a blowout or roadside emergency.
A blowout is definitely a nerve-racking experience. A flat tire usually develops slowly, enabling a driver to calmly and slowly maneuver to safety. If a tire is slowly deflating, it is best to drive in a straight line, allowing the deflating tire to slow you down. Since a blowout is a dramatic and sudden event, it is important to be prepared so you can respond appropriately and effectively. Blowouts are fairly infrequent because tires are generally well constructed and reliable. Most blowouts are a result of under-inflation, but overinflated tires can be punctured more easily. Blowouts can also be the outcome of age, excessive wear, and overloading your vehicle.
It is important to remain calm and remember the following tips if you find yourself faced with a tire blowout:
- Stay calm.
- Firmly keep both hands stabilized on the steering wheel.
- Ease off the accelerator and slow down in a gradual manner. Refrain from slamming on the brakes.
- Use your directional signal and pull off as safely as possible to the side of the road.
- Put your vehicle in park and turn on emergency hazards. If you have reflective triangles, place them roadside.
- If it is too unsafe or you are not confident in your skills to remove a blown tire and replace it with a spare safely and properly, call for roadside assistance.
In our next blog entry, we will address changing a tire and what items you should have in an emergency kit in your vehicle. Be sure to stop by our full-service garage Monday through Friday or call 321-727-2111 for an appointment. Check out our Cassels Garage webpage for an extensive list of our automotive services and the types/models of automobiles we work on expertly. Read our other blog entries and testimonials on our site too! Drive safely, and be sure to keep your tires properly inflated.