A tyre blowout is one of the causes of accidents that can lead to very serious consequences.

No matter how well maintained your car is or how good a driver you are, bursting of tyres can topple a speeding car causing serious injuries and even deaths.

It is of no doubt that it remains amongst the top concerns of every driver.

With the continuous improvements in the tyre technologies, such accidents are becoming rare, but nonetheless the possibilities of it cannot be ruled out as well.  Therefore it is necessary to maintain caution and be well aware about why it happens and how it can be avoided.

Reasons behind bursting of tyres

It can result from a combination of conditions like low tyre pressure along with tyre injury and high speed. A tyre with low pressure fails to remain in shape and the flexing of the tyre while it is rotating results in deformation and heat and might lead to tyre burst. Over speeding of the car may also lead to tyre burst.

How to prevent bursting of tyres

  • Limiting your speed while driving is one of the most sensible and useful precautions you can take. If in case the tyre bursts, it would be much less dangerous at 50-60 kmph than it would be at 130-150 kmph.
  • Get your tyres checked regularly and if it is detected low on pressure make sure you have had it fixed.
  • Watch out for a rough and damaged road, which may cause injury to your tyre and cause it to burst.

 

How to handle if the car tyre bursts

  • If in case the car tyre bursts do not under any circumstances press the brakes strongly. It could lead to a huge accident and might also prove to be fatal. Not only the brake but also keep away from the clutch. This is the science of inertia and if you press either the brake or the clutch the car would lose its balance and trip over.
  • Do not remove your foot from the accelerator immediately, rather keep the car moving forward and then slowly and gradually release the accelerator. Do not release your foot from the accelerator too abruptly, take it slow and steady in order to keep the car steady in its motion.
  • Try your best to keep your car pointed straight. If the car is going into another direction you have to pull it back in the middle. But do not try to over correct and use the steering sharply. Try to maintain the vehicle’s stability.
  • Let the vehicle stop gradually. Engage the brakes only when the vehicle has slowed down. Turn the vehicle slowly off the road using the turn lights and park it. Do not stop on the middle of the road even if you have to run on the metal wheels of the vehicle as there is always a risk of being hit from the back by speeding vehicles. Use your hazard lights.

DisclaimerThis article has been written for Safety First Club using desk and Internet research. Readers may look at other sources as well as get their tyres checked by a professional, especially before a highway trip