By: Sam Bisby
When it comes to scary things happening at the wheel, a tyre blowout is likely to be near the top of the list. A sudden loss of pressure on one (or more) of your car’s four corners can be an immediately terrifying prospect.
Thankfully, not only are there ways to deal with such a situation, but also ways in which can help avoid such an event.
- this is where a tyre is slowing losing pressure and the tyre will eventually become flat. This is a situation that is easy to deal with if identified early on and can be fixed temporarily with a type puncture repair kit or putting on the spare wheel. In the long term, the punctured tyre will need to be properly replaced with a new one.
- this a very sudden loss of pressure where the tyre is quickly destroyed, making it difficult to drive. There is also a chance that a blowout can damage the wheel itself and the surrounding area of the vehicle.
Need Replacement Tyres?
- The most common tyre blowout cause is under-inflation. An under-inflated tyre will bulge out under your car’s weight, causing it to bounce up and down when driven at speed. This then causes a high level of friction, resulting in heat that will weaken the tyre and eventually leads to it bursting. Make sure to check your tyres’ pressures regularly to dramatically reduce the chance of this being the case; equally ensure tyres aren’t over-inflated.
- Usually in tandem with under-inflation, an overloaded vehicle can also lead to a burst tyre due to the tyre(s) being put under more pressure than it’s built to endure. Couple this with an under-inflated tyre and there’s a high chance of a tyre blowout. Make sure you are aware of your vehicle’s max load weight and don’t go over it to reduce the risk of a blowout.
- While potholes are a general menace to motorists, they can also be quite dangerous to our vehicles’ well-being. Driving over a particularly nasty pothole, especially at speed, can cause an immediate tyre blowout due to the impact alone.
- Like potholes, hitting a kerb with momentum can also cause a /blowout. Avoiding hitting dangerous looking potholes and high kerbs will reduce the chance of a blowout.
- this might be a ridiculous thing to say given the situation, but in order to make the event of a tyre blowout as safe as possible, you need to keep your wits.
Keep a firm grip on the wheel
- the car will want to pull in the direction of the burst tyre, so it’s important you keep the wheel firmly in both hands to keep the car as straight as possible.
No heavy braking
- pretty much any driver encountering a tyre blowout for the first time - or perhaps at any time - will want to instinctively put their foot hard on the brakes. This is one of the worst things you can do as hard braking can exaggerate the way the car wants to pull as a result of the blowout, potentially leading to an accident. If you have to brake, apply them gently; if a rear tyre goes, controlled braking is more advised as the car’s weight is then brought to the front wheels.
Pull over safely
- as soon as safely possible, pull you car over to the side of the road and put your hazards on. Ensure that other motorists are aware that you have stopped by deploying reflective safety triangles behind your car if you have them. When you leave your car, it may be better to exit at the passenger side, and wear reflective clothing if possible.
- if you are able to replace the wheel at the road side with a spare then you can get to a safer and more practical location, or even all the way home/to your destination. Alternatively, you can ring for breakdown recovery which can then take you to a garage to
get the tyre replaced with a new one
and you can be on your way.
In short, run flat tyres won’t necessarily remove the risk of a tyre blowout. What run flat tyres can offer is more stability in the event of a blowout, as it can support a vehicle without air and the car’s handling should only be affected marginally following a blowout.
Also, you can usually drive on a run flat tyre for up to 100 miles before needing to stop, although it is advised that a max speed of 50mph is adhered to. If you have run flat tyres equipped on your car, ensure you keep an eye out for any run flat warnings on the dash.
Find Tyres At The Best Price
Please note we record all our calls to ensure that we give you the service you deserve.
We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners
who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of
their services. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use this website.
Some of these cookies are essential, while others help us to improve your experience by providing
insights into how the site is being used. For more detailed information on the cookies we use, please
*Your browser is currently set to 'Do Not Track' and therefore some options have been disabled. Please adjust your browser settings to enable these options to be chosen.
The website cannot function properly without these cookies, and can only be disabled by changing
your browser preferences.
These cookies allow our website to remember information that changes the way the site looks or behaves,
so that you can personalise your experience.
We use statistic cookies to monitor page traffic on our website. This information enables us to improve
the website for visitors.
Social cookies allow us to track visits from our social pages and may be used to target adverts based on your social media preferences.
These cookies allow us to understand general customer behaviour and track where you have visited from,
which allows us to monitor the success of our marketing campaigns.
Cookies are small text files that can be used by websites to make a user's experience more efficient.
The law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we need your permission.
This site uses different types of cookies. Some cookies are placed by third party services that appear on our pages.
Your consent applies to the following domains: www.stoneacre.co.uk
Cookies are used to analyse web site traffic and are commonly used on the internet to make your browsing more efficient by remembering your preferences and tailoring its operation accordingly. Please be aware that cookies do not harm your system.
These cookies do not give us access to any personal information and although most webs browsers allow cookies they can be turned off if you wish by using your “help” facility. This may prevent you taking full advantage of our web site.