Albany NY Car Safety Tip – Handling a Tire Blow Out

At The Murray Group, we want to make sure you are safe on the road and that you have the proper car insurance. And that is why we are providing today’s Albany NY auto safety tip, courtesy of Travelers Insurance, on tire blowouts.

Despite all of the technological advances in vehicle safety, tire blowouts continue to happen and cause dangerous situations. In fact, tire blowouts and flats result in nearly 11,000 collisions and 200 fatalities each year 1. How you react to the blowout will determine how the situation resolves itself.

Follow these Albany NY auto safety tips for tire blow outs:

How to Drive Through a Tire Blowout

According to the National Safety Council and other safety experts, there are some important tips and best practices to remember if you experience a tire blowout.

  • Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel.
  • Do not slam on the brakes.
  • Let your car slow down gradually.
  • Pull to the side of the road once you have slowed to a safe speed.
  • Activate your emergency flashers.2

What to Do After a Tire Blowout

After a blowout, only exit your vehicle if you are certain you are safely off the road and out of harm’s way. Turn your emergency flashers on to alert other drivers, and put out reflective cones or triangles if you have them. If it is not safe to change the tire where you are, or you are unsure how, call for roadside assistance.

Also keep in mind that a spare is only recommended for emergencies and should not be driven for long distances or at high speeds. Take the time to read your owner’s manual to learn where your spare tire and necessary tools are located. Your manual may also provide instructions on how to change a flat tire. It is a good idea to be familiar with these procedures before you get stuck on the side of the road.

How to Prevent a Tire Blowout

The good news is that many tire blowouts are preventable. Most occur from May through October when the road surface is the hottest. A simple, routine inspection of your tires to check for slow leaks, wear and tear, and proper pressure is important. Keeping your load light, within your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations (found in the same spot as the recommended tire pressure), can help too.3

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposely only. There is no legal advice being suggested. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon such information.

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Source:
1 
http://www.safercar.gov/tires/index.html
2 http://www.nsc.org/news_resources/Resources/Pages/WhattoDoIfYouHaveaBlowoutontheHighway.aspx
http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/repair/why-blowouts-happen-and-how-to-avoid-them-15832078
Albany NY Car Safety Tip - Handling a Tire Blow Out by
Bridget Murray

Bridget Murray

Director of Commercial Lines at The Murray Group
Bridget Murray is the commercial lines director at The Murray Group Insurance Services. She is also responsible for digital marketing.
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