A common fear among drivers is the fear of having a tire blowout while behind the wheel. It can create a sense of panic and losing control, if you are not prepared on how to handle this sudden incident.
Fortunately, tire blowouts are rarer now than they used to be, but can still be dangerous. Here are a few of our tips on how to handle a tire blowout.
Recognizing When a Tire Blowout Occurs
A driver must know the signs of a tire blowout so the driver can react quickly and properly. A tire blowout typically starts with a loud, popping sound followed by a “whoosh” of air leaving the tire. As the tire goes flat, the driver will likely feel the vehicle slow down and pulling the car in the direction of the damaged tire.
Reacting to a Tire Blowout
The most important piece of advice when a blowout occurs is remain calm and do not panic. It can be tempting to become startled by the sudden pop and change in the car’s handling, but quick and unplanned maneuvers, such as an abrupt turn of the wheel or slamming on the brakes, can create a recipe for disaster. Experts recommend holding on to the steering wheel and allow the car to slow down gradually. Once you know you have control, pull your vehicle over and turn on your emergency hazard lights.
Preventing a Blowout Before It Happens
There is a simple step that drivers can take to reduce the odds of a blowout from happening. Make it a habit to check your tire pressure and look at your tires regularly. Underinflated and damaged tires are a leading blowout contributor. Most vehicles made within the last decade feature tire pressure monitors, but a quick inspection of the tire’s condition is helpful.
Remember, if a blowout happens, stay calm and drive through the blowout until you can safely and slowly pull over. Our expert team at Fogle Collision & Automotive in San Antonio is here to help you with towing, wheel alignments, and car collision repair. Give us a call today to have your vehicle checked so you can get back on the road worry-free.
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Every parent experiences that concern for safety when their teen driver gets behind the wheel for the very first time after receiving a driver’s license. Parents hope their first-time driver follows all of the rules of the road, but that only guarantees the teen will drive safe.
There’s also the possibility the teen could be involved in an accident that he or she is not at fault. Parents want safe vehicles for their teens, no matter if the vehicle is new or older.
New Cars for Teens
If you decide to purchase a brand new car for your teen driver, the good news is that safety features on vehicles improve every year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts vehicle tests every year to determine its Top Safety Picks. Vehicles must earn good ratings in five tests to be consider a Top Safety Pick.
The good news is that several of the more affordable cars in the small car category made the list, such as the Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Civic, and Mazda 3. There are also midsize cars, small SUVs, and midsize SUVs on the list if you want your teen to have a small to medium size vehicle. Many of the vehicles on the list offer optional safety features such as front crash prevention
Safety Features to Consider for a Teen Driver
Many parents opt to buy a used car or pass down a vehicle already in the family to their teen driver, knowing the teen is new to driving and could potentially put some dings and dents in the vehicle, resulting in a claim on auto insurance for auto body collision repair.
There are a few safety features worth considering in an older model vehicle. According to AAA, they suggest a midsize vehicle for teens since they offer more protection. Other safety features to consider are a forward collision warning system, a crash notification system to notify authorities, and a backup camera to give more visibility for children or animals behind a vehicle.
At ProCare Automotive and Collision, we have families and employees who are parents of teen drivers. And we care about the safety of the teens in our community. No parents want to receive the terrifying call that their child has been in an auto collision. Accidents happen, but it is our hope at ProCare that as teens drive safer cars and practice all safety measures when behind the wheel, there will be considerably fewer calls about accidents to parents.