The main thing to remember when you
have a blowout or a flat (to a lesser extent) is to remain
calm and don't jerk the steering wheel in response to noise
or one side of the car dropping down. Tests involving blowouts
have shown, that in almost all instances is a driver simply
drives straight ahead, he or she will maintain control and
be able to avoid loosing control.
If one of your tires blowout or
you think you have a flat:
- Grip the steering wheel tightly
with both hands and steer straight ahead.
- Use emergency flashers and horn
to warn other drivers.
- Work your way to an exit or
off the roadway to a safe location.
- Slow down gradually.
Lift your foot from the accelerator
slowly but don't apply the brakes untill you are almost
- Park the vehicle well off the
pavement before stopping. You can drive on a flat as
long as you take it easy. The tire is most certainly
ruined, so don't worry about damaging it.
- Avoid driving farther than just
off the roadway, since the rim can be damaged by prolonged
use without a tire.