This evening, I showed you the condition of many used tires for sale in the Valley. Their condition leaves a lot to be desired. With such hot temperatures here, poor tires can create a recipe for disaster.
Do you know what to do if you suffer a blow out on the road? Below are some great tips from the National Safety Council.
• At the first sign of tire trouble, grip the steering wheel firmly.
• Don't slam on the brakes.
• Let the car slow down gradually by taking your foot off the gas pedal.
• Work your vehicle toward the breakdown lane or, if possible, toward an exit.
• If it is necessary to change lanes, signal your intentions to drivers behind and do
so smoothly and carefully, watching your mirrors and the traffic around you very
• Steer as your vehicle slows down. It is better to roll the car off the roadway (when
you have slowed to 30 miles per hour) and into a safe place than it is to stop in
traffic and risk a rear-end or side collision from other vehicles.
• When all four wheels are off the pavement—brake lightly and cautiously until
• Turn your emergency flashers on.
• It's important to have the car well off the pavement and away from traffic before
stopping, even if proceeding to a place of safety means rolling along slowly with
the bad tire flapping. You can drive on a flat if you take it easy and avoid sudden
moves. Don't worry about damaging the tire. It is probably ruined anyway.
• Once off the road, put out reflectorized triangles behind your vehicle to alert other
drivers. Keep your emergency flashers on. If you know how to change a tire, have
the equipment and can do it safely without being near traffic, change the tire as
you normally would.
• Remember that being safe must take precedence over your schedule or whatever
other concerns you may have. Changing a tire with traffic whizzing past can be
nerve-wracking at best and dangerous at worst. Therefore, it may be best to get
professional help if you have a tire problem or other breakdown on a multi-lane
• Raise your hood and tie something white to the radio antenna or hang it out a
window so police officers or tow truck operators will know that you need help.
• Don't stand behind or next to your vehicle. If possible, stand away from the
vehicle and wait for help to arrive.
• All interstate highways and major roads are patrolled regularly. Also, some
highways have special "call-for-help" phones. If you have a cell phone you can