817-485-5050 info@schwabagency.com

Handling a Blown Tire While Driving

How to safely maneuver your car to the side of the road after popping a tire.

Blowing a tire while you are on the highway or freeway can become a very dangerous situation if handled incorrectly. Should this ever happen to you, it’s important to stay calm and take the following steps.

Maintain a Solid Grip on the Wheel

Anytime you drive, you should maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel. However, if you feel yourself blow a tire, you should tighten your grip. This is because a blown tire can cause your car to swerve. If you are not ready for this sudden jerking motion, your car could careen out of your control.

Gradually Reduce Your Speed

When you blow a tire, your immediate reaction might be to slam on your brakes. However, if you do this, your remaining tires might lose traction on the road, causing your car to skid out of control. Rather than using your brakes, gradually reduce your speed by removing your foot from the gas pedal. As you slow down, maneuver your car toward the side of the road.

Pull Over and Alert Other Drivers

Once your car slows to about 20 miles per hour, you are safe to apply your brakes. At this point, pull off the road and slowly apply your brakes until you come to a complete stop. Before you exit your car, shift into park and make sure you apply your parking brake. Finally, turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers to slow down and exercise caution as they pass by.

Make Repairs

Finally, you can replace or repair your damaged tire. If you do not feel safe or do not know how to do so, then contact roadside assistance for help.

This is what you should do if you blow a tire while driving on the freeway. Do you want another way to stay safe behind the wheel? Make sure you have the proper auto insurance protections in place. For assistance with your car coverage, contact the team at The Schwab Agency in Colleyville, Texas today.


The Schwab Agency

The Schwab Agency, LLC has over 20 years of experience within the insurance industry in our community and our goal is to bring you unparalleled service and dedication. Since the majority of our business is through long-lasting relationships with our clients, fulfilling your needs is of the highest priority.

COVID-19 Update:

Due to new increasing cases of Covid-19 our office will be closed to the general public until further notice. Our team will still be working full-time in the office and here to assist with all your insurance needs. Please contact us via phone at (817) 485-5050 or email: info@schwabagency.com.

We hope everyone is doing their part to protect themselves and their loved ones during these hard times, and thank everyone for understanding our decision to do our part to help protect our staff and those in our community.

Tim Schwab.
President and Managing Partner