How do I know if my tire blew out?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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Steps to take if your tire blows out on the road

No one wants to deal with a tire blowing out while on the road, but if it happens, you need to be sure to take the proper steps to ensure you, your passengers, and everyone else on the road is safe. Take a quick look below at the simple steps to take if your tire blows out on the road.

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person putting tire on a vehicleHow do I know if my tire blew out?

The sooner you know your tire has blown out the better. The signs are pretty simple: if you hear a loud pop or bang followed by a loud sound of air escaping, it’s probably your tire. You’ll also notice the vehicle start to pull toward the side where the tire blew out. So what steps should you take when this happens?

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The first thing you need to do when your tire blows out is be sure you have absolute control of the vehicle. Grip the steering wheel tight with both hands and if a passenger is present, have them flip on the hazard lights to warn other drivers something is amiss. Whatever you do, don’t apply the brakes. Similar to the way applying brakes on ice can cause you to slide out of control, braking hard with a blown out tire can also cause you to slide out of control. Let the vehicle slow down on its own, and when you feel it is safe to do so, gradually begin to pull over to the side of the road.

These are the simple yet effective steps to take when you learn you’ve blown a tire. While your instincts may make you want to slam on the brakes, be sure not to do so. For more tips and tricks, check out the rest of our blog for McDaniels Porsche!

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