WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TIRE BLOWS OUT, AND HOW A TPMS CAN PREVENT IT…
Bang! The explosion rips through your vehicle just before the steering wheel jerks to one side. The blown tire drags your vehicle across the lane, pulling you into oncoming traffic. It happens so fast there’s no time to think; you either do the right thing instinctively, or make a fatal error.
Truth be told, no-one knows how they’ll react to a tire blowout until the terrifying moment is upon them.
Fortunately, however, modern tires have drastically reduced the chance of a tire blowout, but that doesn’t make the prospect any less terrifying. So what should you do in the event of a blowout? Well, that answer will depend on the type of blowout (front or rear), but in the interest of simplicity, here’s what you should know (do) in the event of a blowout:
- Try not to panic, or close your eyes.
- Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and avoid abrupt turns.
- Do NOT slam on the brakes.
- Let your vehicle slow down gradually.
- Pull to the side of the road and contemplate the meaning of life.
Alternatively, forgo these five steps and opt for the one solution that safeguards you against tire blowouts in the first place…. fit a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
99% of all tyre blowouts are caused by under inflation! Most of the time, it’s an undetected puncture that invariably leads to total tyre destruction. But that’s good news, it means you can avoid the scenario by simply fitting a TPMS and keeping a watchful eye on your tyres.
Admittedly, TPMS units aren’t generally cheap, but the system only needs to work once to pay itself off and potentially save your life. Most important, don’t make the mistake of buying the cheapest TPMS on the market. There’s little point in fitting an inaccurate system. From past experience, we’ve found that the Steel-Mate kits work well, and the’ve won several awards in the past – including one at SEMA.
Most of their kit’s feature a dashboard display that’s easily (DIY) installed, and once connected, allows you to effortlessly monitor your tires’ at any given time.
Other features include:
- A low tire pressure warning
- A high tire pressure warning
- High tire temperature warning
- Rapid air leakage warning
- Slow air leakage warning
With the above-mentioned points in mind, its no wonder so many advanced driving academies and 4×4 training courses advocate the fitment of a TPM system. It’s the number one safety solution for any vehicle – particularly 4x4s where the owner / driver is far more likely to pick up a puncture.
If you need further convincing, consider these points…
- A 20% under-inflated tire has 30% less tread life.
- A 30% under-inflated tire has 45% less tread life.
- A 20% over-inflated tire has 10% less tread life.
- And, an under-inflated tire will use significantly more fuel.
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