Prevent Accidents By Knowing Why Tires Blow Out

by Terry Bryant

Understanding why tires blow out is essential to any driver’s ability to not only prevent a blowout, but also to handle their vehicle safely in the event one occurs.

A blowout refers to the popping of a tire due to a sudden or gradual decrease in air pressure. The decrease can be caused by a variety of things, including underinflation, unnoticed punctures by screws or nails, quick changes in weather temperature, and impact damage caused by hitting an object or pothole in the road. Anything that prevents the tire from being able to properly support the weight of the vehicle and allows air to escape quickly is a potential source of a blowout.

In the event of a blowout, drivers need to act quickly and calmly to prevent the vehicle from slamming into the driver in front of them or swerving to hit the drivers on either side of them. In the event of a blowout, which sounds like a loud explosion, the car will quickly decelerate and begin to pull hard to the left or right, depending on the side the tire blew out on. One can apply the accelerator to compensate for the sudden deceleration, while steering against the pull. This should help the vehicle stabilize and allow you to begin to slow down and pull over.

While seeing blown out tires on the side of the road is no big deal for the passerby, for the driver of the vehicle that was affected, it is anything but. Knowing why tires blow out can help prevent these accidents and better prepare us all.