If you have a vehicle that has a tire pressure monitoring system that notifies you when the air in your tires is rather low, you probably don’t spend too much worrying about getting a flat tire since you likely maintenance your vehicle when the light comes on. However, what if your vehicle runs over an unexpected nail in the road which leads to your tire blowing out? Are you prepared to handle this?
While this is every driver’s nightmare, the fact is, it can happen. So, aside from familiarizing yourself with the steps associated with changing a tire, unless your insurance company provides emergency roadside assistance and you plan on calling them, you also need to know how to handle a tire blowout safely. If find yourself driving on the highway or even a residential road and you hear a “pop” followed by a flapping sound and an unstable steering wheel, it is likely you have a flat tire.
So, here’s what Geico says you should do in terms of handling the situation in a safe manner.
- Avoid hitting your brakes, especially if you are in traffic.
- Instead, you want to gain control over your vehicle and begin moving it away from traffic.
- Don’t forget to signal prior to changing lanes and when doing this, ease your foot off the “gas pedal while steering to the side of the road as quickly and as smoothly as you can.”
- Turn your hazard lights on and once your vehicle is safely pulled off the roadway, call for assistance, whether it be your insurance company’s roadside assistance department or a friend or relative.
- If you are prepared to fix the flat on your own, be sure you are a safe distance away from traffic. UT car accident lawyers are constantly handling injury cases involving drivers who were hit while changing a flat tire and you don’t want to be faced with those unfortunate circumstances.
How can I prevent a tire blowout?
The fact is, there are an estimated 11,000 tire-related accidents that happen every year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) so you are going to want to do all that is required of you to help prevent a tire blowout from occurring. So, here are some suggestions on how to maintain your tires to reduce the chances of having one or more blowout:
- Check tire pressure regularly using a tire gauge. Geico recommends doing this just as frequently as you would when you check your oil or washer fluid.
- If your PSI is off by more than two pounds, go ahead and fix it.
- If you aren’t sure what your tires recommended PSI is, check your owner’s manual or the sticker inside the driver’s side door frame.
- Consider doing a visual check before taking off and scan the tires to see if there are any nails or other physical defects you should be concerned about.
- Check the tread wear every month using the penny test. You simply put the coin head first into the tires groove and if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, this is your indicator that it is time to replace your tires.
It is extremely important that you check your tires regularly to ensure they are properly inflated but also have a plan in place in the event you get a flat.
Maintaining your tires and checking them regularly is one way to help make driving safer for you and the others sharing the roadway with you. However, if an unexpected accident has occurred in Salt Lake City, UTthat left you injured or vehicle damaged and you are wanting a legal expert to help you recover the maximum compensation your injuries/damage entitle you to, contact Salt Lake City, Utah car accident attorney Ralph C. Petty. At The Law Offices of Ralph C. Petty, your case will be reviewed in depth and a plan will be devised to help get you a favorable outcome that will allow you to focus more on recovery and less on the incurred expenses that have arisen from the accident.
You can reach The Law Offices of Ralph C. Petty now at:
4110 S. Highland Drive, Suite 350
Salt Lake City, Utah 84124