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What should you do if your tire blows out while you are driving?

Despite your preparation for inclement weather or hazardous road conditions in Connecticut, no matter how confident you are, it can be incredibly shocking to be in the moment where you have to navigate a dangerous risk on the road while you are driving. For example, if you are driving your vehicle and your tire blows out, what should you do? Even the slightest overcorrection or overreaction could instantly put your life at risk. Understanding how to safely navigate this dire scenario is essential to help you remain calm if you ever find yourself in that position. 

According to Allstate Insurance Company, the biggest mistake that you can make if your tire blows out is to frantically try to get your vehicle onto the shoulder. Depending on your position in traffic, this could require you to navigate your disabled vehicle across multiple lanes of traffic at the expense of your safety and the safety of others.

When your tire is compromised and you make even the slightest adjustment to your direction, your vehicle could spin out which could result in it rolling or becoming involved in a violent collision. Instead, you should carefully maintain your position within your lane and slightly accelerate until your damaged tire deflates and slowly brings your vehicle to a lower speed. From here, it may be much safer to navigate to a safe spot where you can bring your vehicle to a complete stop and assess the situation. Making sure you regularly maintain your tires and monitor your tire pressure and tread are important tasks to prevent a tire blowout from happening to you. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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