• Tom Girardi

Could you control your vehicle if a tire blows?

When you purchase tires for your vehicle, you expect them to perform as intended. However, manufacturers sometimes allow defective products to leave their factories, and you could be the unfortunate consumer who ends up with tires that fail to perform properly.

If this happens, you could end up driving at highway speeds when your tire blows. Yes, you could explore your legal options against the manufacturer and others who may bear legal liability for the incident, but first, you need to control your vehicle so that you survive the situation.

Controlling a vehicle when a tire blows

More than likely, your first reaction may involve panicking, which puts you in even more danger. One way to combat that reaction is to know how to handle the situation ahead of time, so that panic dissipates quickly and training takes over. Knowing the following could save your life, your passengers' lives and the lives of those around you:

  • Do not take your foot off the gas or steer in the opposite direction of the skid. Your wheels need to keep spinning in order to make it through safely.

  • Gentle steering is better than yanking on the steering wheel. If your steering is too aggressive, you could over-correct and lose control of your vehicle.

  • Avoid slamming on the brakes. Gentle braking helps you retain control of your vehicle.Get as far off the side of the road as possible as soon as you can while following the above tips.

  • Only put on your hazard lights once you safely stop. Attempting to work this button while the vehicle is still moving breaks your concentration and takes a hand off the wheel.

If you can implement these actions, you may make it to the side of the road. However, even the best-laid plans can go wrong. If you are injured because of a defective tire, explore your legal options for financial and medical recovery.