You are driving down the highway going 65mph and switching lanes. Boom! Your rear tire has a blowout and your vehicle starts swerving from side to side as you try regaining control of your vehicle. Cars pass you along the lanes; the occupants are unaware of your blowout. You try not to collide with them as you balance your vehicle on 3 wheels. You finally make it to the side of the road when your front and rear tires meet the slick grass at the same time, causing you to roll-over and come to a stop.

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Although this may seem like an event too scary to be real it is actually an event with a very good outcome – zero fatalities. Every year hundreds of people die as a result of blowouts. It catches drivers off-guard and forces them to make split-second decisions. In cases of roll-overs, the driver has little control over the vehicle and sometimes may only hope that he or she does not get another vehicle involved in an accident.

Tire tread is the most important upkeep a car owner can do in order to prevent a blowout. Tread separation, caused by metal and rubber separation or by misalignment of the belt and tread, forces the car to lose its grip on the road and makes it a hazard Belt and Road Initiative.

It is a good idea to know what to do and what not do in the case of a blowout.

What to do:

-Keep calm as you had done before the blowout. Remember, control over your mind means control over your vehicle.

-Slowly decelerate from the initial speed. This prevents uneven weight distribution.

-Regain control over the direction of your vehicle by steering. Figure out a safe spot to stop the car.

-Slow down to a stop while watching for other cars on the road.

What not to do:

-Do NOT apply the brakes. Many drivers react by stepping on the brakes, however, this should be avoided due to the vehicle’s inability to balance itself during a blowout.

-Do NOT abruptly take your foot off the gas pedal. Again, this causes uneven weight distribution by forcing fewer tires to take the weight.

-Do NOT panic. Although we would all want to escape a scenario like this as fast as possible, it will not happen without first regaining control of the vehicle.

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