What to do if You Have a Tire Blowout 7/23/13
July 23, 2013
Midland - Tire blowouts are becoming more common and it's leaving drivers and passengers in dangerous, and often deadly situations. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire failures play a role in about 11-thousand traffic accidents each year in the US.
“Check your tires and check them often, having a good tread on your tires is really important,” said Texas Department of Public Safety Corporal Chad Matlock.
By law tire tread on a car must be at least 2/32nds of an inch, if the tread is lower than that it is actually a violation. Corporal Matlock makes dozens of traffic stops a day, each one requiring a seven-step conditions checklist.
“One of the conditions is to check the vehicle conditions and occupancy. We obviously give a courtesy check to people and let them know; hey you might need to get some new tires on a vehicle. The reason for that is obviously for safety, your stopping time is dramatically reduced when you have bald tires,” said Corporal Matlock.
So what should you do if you experience a blowout on the road? “The first thing you want to do is obviously not hit your brakes, you know hitting your brakes can send you into a side skid or something like that. It’s a lot easier to steer into the bushes rather than a vehicle or something else,” said Corporal Matlock.
Which is exactly what a Midland driver did, he was on his way home when he said his car began to shake. Shortly after he slowed down and that’s when it happened. “I heard an explosive sound and I knew something was wrong. I tried my best to keep my steering wheel straight and not veer off of my course or into the other lane, and I just got into the median almost immediately.”