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So, you’re just driving along when suddenly you hear – and feel – a loud boom! coming from one of your tires. Now you’re slowing down and feeling your car pulling towards one side.
Chances are, you’ve just had a tire blowout (or a popped tire). So, what should you do if you have a tire blowout?
Your number one priority should be staying safe while keeping control of your vehicle. Start by following these steps:
Many blowouts are caused by underinflated tires. When the air pressure is too low, the tire may flex beyond its limits and overheat – causing the rubber to lose its bond to the tire’s internal fabric and steel cord reinforcement.
While blowouts can happen at any speed, they occur more often when you’re driving fast. There’s less chance in stop-and-go driving because the tires are turning slower and not building up as much heat.
Insufficient air pressure and failing to rotate your tires can lead to wear on the tread, a flat tire, or even a blowout. Checking tread wear and performing routine tire inspections can go a long way when reducing tire wear and tear, and helping you avoid that scary moment when you have to think fast and wonder what should you do if you have a tire blowout.
Tire maintenance is not just essential for safety but also for your wallet, helping you save on the overall costs that come with owning a vehicle – a win-win!
So, you should monitor your tire pressure regularly and make sure it complies with the recommended pounds per square inch (PSI) for your vehicle.
When you bring your car, truck, SUV or mini-van to any of the 2,000+ Jiffy Lube locations nationwide, expect a trained Jiffy Lube technician to inspect your tire treads (both depth and condition), tire sidewalls (both inner and outer), and tire pressure – which is checked and adjusted to reflect the recommended pressure from the manufacturer.
So let’s review what should you do if you have a tire blowout: Stay calm, find a way to pull off the road safely, change your tire or call an expert to help. And remember, it’s easier to prevent the problem than recover from it, so practice smart tire maintenance with the help of the pros at Jiffy Lube.
Please note: Not all services are offered at each Jiffy Lube® location. Please check with your local Jiffy Lube service center or visit jiffylube.com for specific services offered.