What To Do When Your Tire “Blows Out”
Would you know what to do if you had a blowout while driving? Most drivers have never gone through the experience and would likely react in the opposite manner than they should. Unfortunately, that reaction can lead to a serious traffic collision. In this article, I’ll explain the factors that can cause a tire to “blow out” (they might surprise you). I’ll also describe what you should do when it happens in order to maintain control of your vehicle.
Nature Of The Problem
It’s worth spending a moment to properly define a blowout. At its most basic, it is a rupture through which air quickly escapes to the point that the wheel is unable to support the weight of the vehicle. Aside from driving over a nail or any object that creates a large gash in the rubber, most people don’t realize how a blowout happens.
A lot of motorists think a blowout occurs because there is too much pressure in the tire. They believe the pressure builds until the rubber develops a weak spot at which point it ruptures. In truth, the problem is due to the tire having too little pressure, not too much. When this happens, the rubber flexes beyond its normal elasticity. If the vehicle is overloaded, friction and heat can build up to the point where the steel netting and the rubber separate. A rupture becomes imminent.
Maintaining Control And Ensuring Your Safety