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    Experienced a burst car tyre? How to react safely

    Experienced a burst car tyre? How to react safely

    Few everyday activities pose the level of risk and danger as driving. The consequences of a car crash or motorcycle accident are very rarely straightforward and relatively pain-free. Subsequent road accident injuries are, on the whole, extremely serious or, at worst, fatal.

    What causes road traffic accidents?

    Perhaps the most galling thing about collisions on the road is that they can happen no matter how diligent and careful you are. As well as yourself, you are also dependent on the competence and concentration of other road uses.

    Most traffic accidents are caused by a mistake, such as speeding, failing to brake in time or not indicating. However, sometimes the unexpected can strike and you are left wondering ‘what could I have done to avoid that?’ Once such instance is when you are the victim of a burst car tyre blowout.

    What causes a burst car tyre blowout?

    A burst car tyre often seems to strike out of nowhere. However, there are things you can do to try and pre-empt this scary and dangerous event.

    Each and every time you strike or mount a curb, hit a pothole, leave your tyres pressed tight to the kerb or go weeks without checking the pressure, the risk of a blowout increases.

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    What can I do if I suffer a tyre blowout?

    The first thing to consider if disaster does strike is which tyre has burst, as this will dictate your reactions.

    –  Rear tyre blow-out: Ignore any instinct to brake, no matter how strong the urge may be. Your car is likely to weave about, particularly if you are driving over 50mph, and braking can cause it to spin. Instead, keep your eyes on the road and keep as straight a line as possible. As unnatural as it may seem, use the accelerator to maintain momentum and allow the car to slow by itself.

    –  Front tyre blow-out: The car will pull sharply to one side. Again, avoid the brake pedal and focus on steering and allowing the car to slow naturally. Pulling the handbrake on and off repeatedly can help but needs to be done carefully.

    If you suffer an accident on the road that wasn’t your fault, then Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in establishing whether you have a claim for road accident accident compensation.

    A law firm with years of experience in this field, they usually settle out of court.

    Date Published: January 3, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Car accident claims

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