October Safety Moment: Handling a Tire Blowout
A tire blowout can cause an employee driving on the job to lose control of a vehicle if they don’t know what to do, and what not to do, in response. Follow these five steps to stay safe:
1. Check Tire Pressure
Check tire pressures, including the spare, once a month when tires are cold. Keep tires properly inflated, and balance, align, and rotate them regularly. Replace tires when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch to help prevent blowouts.
2. Hold the Wheel
At the first sign of tire trouble, grip the steering wheel with both hands to keep control of the vehicle.
3. Adjust Your Speed
Don’t slam on the brakes. If possible, accelerate for an instant to stabilize the vehicle, then slowly release the accelerator. The flat tire’s drag force will keep the car from regaining speed.
4. Steer Straight
Drive straight down your lane, and try to keep the vehicle on its path. Turning the vehicle at speed increases the risk of a spin-out, especially if a rear tire has blown out.
5. Pull Over
Signal and ease onto the shoulder or toward an exit if possible. Turn on hazard lights while waiting for professional help. Change the tire yourself only if it is safe to do so. Have a qualified mechanic inspect the vehicle following a flat.
Excerpt retrieved from: http://www.tdi.texas.gov/takefive/safety/blowout.html