Know the preventive measures to take in case of a Tire Burst.
Imagine that you are driving your car on some street or highway at a high speed, in a straight line, there are other cars behind and in front of you when suddenly your tire explodes.
Do you know how to act to avoid an accident? A puncture is dangerous, no matter how good a driver you are or how safe your car is.
The good news is that, with tire technology in continuous improvement, punctures are becoming more infrequent. However, they do happen and you better know what to do if you suffer one.
In today's post, let us know what causes a tire to burst suddenly and how to reduce the potential of a serious accident when you are driving a vehicle that suffers a burst tire.
What causes a tire burst?In general, there are four main reasons why a tire suddenly explodes: the tire was under-inflated, it was over-inflated, a mechanical or material defect in the tire, or a notch that caused the puncture.
How do tires wear?Tires have a service life of about 10 years, whether they are installed on the vehicle or stored. There are many factors that affect tire life:
- Weather Conditions: Extreme hot or cold weather conditions have more effect on the tire than the more stable weather conditions.
- Tire Storage Conditions: Moisture level, light, temperature, possible contact with solvents and storage are among the criteria that can directly affect the life of the tire.
- Usage: Driving style, load on the vehicle, air pressure on tires, etc. are some of the factors that will naturally affect the service life of your tires.
What to do if a tire bursts?
1. Keep the steering wheel fixed
In an emergency situation, remaining calm is by far the best remedy for handling a tire that blows away or shreds. Hold the steering wheel with both hands to avoid losing control of the car, as you will immediately want to move to the side depending on which tire was affected.
2. Never brake dry
Do not step on the brake pedal completely as this error can have fatal consequences and cause the car to lose control completely. Of course, this is easier said than done because our brain is programmed to push the brake pedal forcefully in an emergency. However, braking violently is, in fact, the worst thing you can do, as it will cause an imbalance in the vehicle and will cause it to lose control.
3. Do not take your foot off the accelerator abruptly.
Release the pressure slowly from the accelerator. Remember that the inoperative tire adds more friction and therefore to stabilize the course you have to keep the speed constant.
4. Do your best to keep the vehicle in a straight direction.
Make sure both hands are on the wheel and you're concentrating straight ahead. This must be done at the same time as you are starting to release the pressure from the accelerator pedal. If the vehicle starts to skid, carefully correct the entry of the steering to counter the direction of the skate.
5. Determine if you have the option to change the tire or call roadside assistance.
Put the vehicle in parking or position it in a forward gear for manual transmissions and apply the parking brake.
An explosion can cause significant damage to the front side components, including brake pads, calipers, and rotors, front CV couplings/boots, tie rods, upper and lower control arms and other steering related components.
If you have a roadside assistance program, it is recommended that you contact them and have the vehicle towed at home or to a repair facility as damage to the front can cause serious safety risks.
- To begin with, drive at a safe speed, there is simply nothing more to say for this very 1st point.
- The direction in which the car is tilted is the side of the damaged tire.
- If the car snakes, a rear tire has exploded.
- The correct air pressure in the tires also contributes to the performance of the vehicle and the regular retrieval of the tire.
- Always hold the steering wheel with both hands. It is difficult to control the car in an emergency situation if you only have one hand on the steering wheel.
- Replace the tires as soon as possible if you notice cracks or breaks on your tires. Because such defects can sensitize the tire structure and cause an explosion.
Should new tires be installed in the front or rear?
According to the recent research conducted by the companies producing tires; less used tires have been found to be more accurate in the rear. The steering assembly is connected to the front tires. The driver can steer the vehicle if one of the front tires explodes. However, if one of the rear tires is punctured, even the master driver may not be able to control the vehicle. For this reason, experts recommend installing new tires in the rear.
Impact on tires when the vehicle is parked for a longer time.
If the vehicle is parked for longer than 1-2 weeks; the vehicle continuously presses on the same point of the tire. For this reason, the wires inside the tire break after a while and a permanent imbalance occur. Therefore, tire manufacturers recommend that tire pressure be increased to 7.5 psi before parking the vehicle in such cases.