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Tire Blowouts

At any speed, a tire blowout can cause a major disruption in traffic flow on our highways and immediate loss of control for any driver, leading to a collision or worse. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire blowouts cause over 75,000 accidents resulting in over 4,000 fatalities every year. One reason a tire blowout is so dangerous is due to drivers' unpreparedness to react properly because blowouts happen so infrequently thanks to advances in technology. Follow these tire blowout response tips to help End the Streak of roadway fatalities on Texas Highways:
 
  • Do not slam on your brakes.
  • Keep a firm grip on your steering wheel.
  • Turn on your hazard lights.
  • Allow your vehicle to gradually slow down to 20-30 MPH and cautiously guide your vehicle off the road and out of the way of traffic.
  • Remain calm. Check your surroundings before exiting your vehicle.
  • If it is not safe to change your tire where you are or if you are unsure how, call for roadside assistance.

In most cases, tire blowouts are preventable. Check your tires before getting on the road with a heavily loaded vehicle. Routinely check tire pressure and tire tread to make sure all your tires are in good condition to drive on any roadway.

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