It can be terrifying if your tyre blows whilst you are driving. Whether you are moving at speed or not, a tyre blowout will usually cause the car to move out of control for a short while, and you will need to move to the side of the road as soon as possible and stop the car. It is often possible to tell if a tyre is going to blow quite soon, and for this reason it is worthwhile getting your car serviced regularly, and looking over your tyres every time you take a long journey. However if you have not noticed any problems and your tyre blows anyway, there are some things you should know to keep yourself safe.
For a front tyre blowout
When a front tyre blows out, it will cause the car to veer drastically to whichever side the blowout is on. It is up to you to correct this and hold the car in a straight line until you are able to pull over or stop. Try to stay off the brake as this can actually make the car more likely to swerve out of control. Instead simply ease off of the accelerator and let the car roll to a stop, whilst steering it to a safe part of the road. You can try to pull on the handbrake a few times to help you lose speed and stop more easily, as long as you keep your foot off of the footbrake.
For a back tyre blowout
This type of blowout will usually cause the car to weave, rather than list to one side, and again this means it is up to you to hold the car in one direction whilst you come to a stop. On a motorway or busy road, weaving can be even more frightening than veering over to one side, so try to keep calm. Change to a lower gear and resist the temptation to hit the brake suddenly. You can start to brake, but do so slowly and for the most part let the car lose speed on its own.
Claiming for a fault that causes a Tyne and Wear car accident
If you have an accident because of a tyre blowout, then you may be able to claim compensation from your mechanic, or the company you bought your tyres from, as long as you can prove that your Tyne and Wear car accident was the result of a faulty tyre or something missed during a service. The best way to find out whether or not you are able to claim compensation for your Tyne and Wear car accident is to speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. The team can talk you through your Tyne and Wear car accident and then pass you over to an in house injury lawyer who can make a start on a claim for you if necessary.
Date Published: 12th June 2014
Author: David Brown