Brake failures and tire blowouts are two of the most common incidents you can see in most U.S. roads. These defects, however, have also been associated with a majority of debilitating, sometimes even fatal road accidents. A single major car incident can instantly turn your life upside down. So, to avoid the possibility of getting into an accident, you have to check first your brakes and your tires before hitting the road.
However, some brake failures and tire blowouts happen even if you have been religiously checking all your car components before getting behind the wheel. Because we understand that some brake and tire malfunctions are inevitable, it is important that you know how to deal with the situation once it happens.
What to do during a brake failure
Some car accidents happen due to defectively manufactured brake components. If your car has been installed with defective brakes and you suddenly felt that they are not working as they should while you are driving, remember these tips:
- Lay off the gas pedal and press the brake firmly. If you are driving a car equipped with antilock brake system (ABS), pumping your brake may cause you to accelerate more, so remember to press steadily.
- Do not slam on your handbrake. It can make your car tailspin.
- Steer calmly and firmly to the shoulder as the car decelerates
- Once the vehicle stopped, do not attempt to drive it again. Call for help.
What to do during a tire blowout
Tire defects are not the only cause of tire blowouts. The website of Williams Kherkher considers highway defects among the most common causes of tire blowouts in the country. If you will ever suffer a failed tire while at speed, here are the things that you should remember to halt safely:
- You have to know first what it feels like to have a blown-out tire. You may hear a whooshing sound or a loud boom coming from either side of your vehicle. Then the car will start to slow down and will veer strongly towards the left or the right.
- DO NOT press your brake pedal, especially if it is not equipped with ABS. Doing so would make your car spin uncontrollably and tip over
- Allow your car to slow down while firmly holding the steering wheel
- Steer safely into the shoulder, do not forget to activate your emergency flashers
- After you pull on the side of the road, replace your tire or ask for help