Do You Know How To Handle A Blowout While Driving?

Have you ever been driving down the freeway and seen a car ahead of you have a blow out? Trust me when I say it is just as scary for the driver it is happening to as it is the drivers behind him witnessing it. There are a few tips and tricks to knowing how to handle a blowout on the freeway and I wanted to share them with you just in case you ever find yourself in this situation.

Did you know that a blowout could cause you to lose control of your new or used car? It could cause damage to your vehicle, and it could endanger you and your family.

There are things you should and should not do if you lose tire pressure. These tips from safercar.gov can help keep you safe during a tire blowout:

1. Gradually release the accelerator. Do not apply the brakes or suddenly release the accelerator — these actions can affect handling and may lead to loss of control of your vehicle.

2. Correct the steering as necessary to stabilize your vehicle and regain control. Look where you want the vehicle to go and steer in that direction.

3. Once your vehicle has stabilized, continue to slow down and pull off the road where and when you judge it’s safe to do so.

4. Remember, no matter which tire blows out — front or back — the dos and don’ts for safely maintaining control of your vehicle are exactly the same. The only difference between a front and rear tire blowout is that you will feel the force of a front blowout more in the vehicle’s steering, while you’ll feel a rear blowout more in the seat or body of the vehicle.

You should be checking your tire pressure at the least once a month. If you are lucky enough to have OnStar on your new or used Chevy they can usually track that as well but you should check with them just to make sure. Safe driving out there!

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

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