We here at OLX hope that you are never in a dangerous situation but with knowledge comes power and that power can just save your life in a traffic-related emergency.
Prevention is always best, so before you travel or take a road you don’t know well, make sure you check your tires (INCLUDING THE SPARE) and travel early in the morning or evening when the asphalt is cooler.
- When your tire explodes the first thing is: DON’T PANIC! Sudden moves would make a bad situation worse and a turn in the wrong direction could mean zero control of your car.
- Braking is dangerous. Let the car slow down by itself and only accelerate by pushing the gas pedal very lightly to keep the car steady.
- Try to steer to the side of the road while putting on the emergency lights so that people are aware that you’re in trouble.
- As the car finally comes to a stop, try changing the tire and assess if there is any damage to the car and if it doesn’t drive well i.e. going off in a particular direction, then it might be better to call a mechanic or tow car and not drive that car until a professional check it.
In closing, keeping a cool head and being aware of your surroundings is paramount to making it out safe.