The video above shows how much debris a large truck creates when it blows a tire. It could have caused a fatal car accident, like the one we wrote about on Monday. Thankfully, no one appears to have been injured, and if you look at the uploader’s comments on the YouTube page, the driver advises motorists to stay away from the back corners of trucks to prevent accidents in similar scenarios.
However, what do you do if your car blows a tire? What is the best way to avoid causing a car crash?
- Stay calm. Accidents happen when drivers lose focus and control over their vehicles.
- Keep a strong, tight grip on the wheel. A blown tire affects how your car handles. Correct for the missing tire.
- Maintain your speed. Do not slow down or slam on the brakes.
- Pull over safely. Pretend like you are performing a routine lane change. Signal, shift, keep a steady speed and pull over into a safe spot.
- Turn on your emergency flashers to make sure other drivers see you.
- Assess the damage. If you can replace the tire without placing yourself in danger, do so. Otherwise, it might be best to contact a roadside assistance service for help.
- Alert the authorities. Highway patrol officers regularly monitor the road for blown tire debris, but placing a call and letting them know about the blown tire as soon as it happens could prevent an accident.
Overall, stay calm, keep your speed steady and move your vehicle away from the road when it is safe to do so.
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“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
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