Blowout or Tyre burst while driving on a high speed remains one of the main causes of accidents on our highways. In most cases, drivers often lose control of their vehicles which thereby could lead to the car flipping over or some kind of fatal accidents.
In this write up I will be sharing some few safety steps you can apply should you suffered a Tyre blowout on a high speed.
Safety Step One:
The number one safety measure you should always consider while driving is to maintain a safe driving speed. The lower your driving speed the higher your chances of surviving during a blowout. No matter how professional you are in driving, surviving a blowout at a high speed of 140–150 km/h (87–93 mph) is a miracle from God.
Safety Step Two:
The major reason while most victims of Tyre burst suffer casualties is because they hit on the brake pedal as soon as they experience blowout on high speed. I wouldn’t blame them much because you will actually do the same if you are in their situation. During a blowout or emergency the human brain is program to hit the brake pedal but please don’t do this, hitting the brake pedal will imbalance the vehicle which will eventually leads it to somersaulting.
Safety Step Three:
At this time you need to be strong and bring out the man in you. Try your best to maintain focus, hold on to the steering of your vehicle firmly and try to keep the vehicle pointed straight. During a blowout, your car will be pulling to one side of the road and you need to pull the steering in the opposite direction to maintain your straight position otherwise you might end up driving into the other side of the road or into the ditch.
Safety Step Four:
Now that you are able to control your vehicle movement, slowly and gradually remove your leg from the accelerator. Don’t make the mistake of removing your leg abruptly from the accelerator as soon as you experience the outburst. The deceleration force from a blown tire is so strong that your car will anyway slow down rapidly.
Safety Step Five:
When your car has decelerated to a slow speed, you can now hit the brake pedal slowly. Maintain your vehicle stability as you slowly move toward a parking space. Remember to activate your hazard lights when you finally safely bring your vehicle to a halt.
Note: You’re expected to carry out this safety steps within a few minutes that you experience a blowout; therefore you need to be strong and focus. It’s not rocket science to survive a blowout, its all depends on your level of knowledge. Hope you’ve learned something today?