How to Handle a Tire Blowout

When experiencing a tire blowout, the key is to keep your cool, and to maintain control at all times.


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Stay safe on the road with the important information in this car and driver video series.

You Will Need

  • A quick response time
  • Calm under pressure


  1. Step 1

    Stay cool

    Ignore your natural instinct to hit the brakes or jerk the steering wheel when you have a blowout.

  2. Step 2

    Accelerate slightly

    Accelerate slightly to maintain control of the vehicle. Keep going straight.

  3. Hold the steering wheel firmly with both hands at 10 o'clock and two o'clock on the wheel to avoid losing control.

  4. Step 3


    Ease off the accelerator slowly.

  5. Step 4


    Maintain your course while the vehicle slows.

  6. Step 5

    Apply brakes

    Apply the brakes gently when your car slows to 30 miles per hour.

  7. Step 6

    Turn on right turn signal

    Turn on your right turn signal.

  8. Never stop on the left side of the road, if possible. This is the most dangerous place to be.

  9. Step 7

    Pull over

    Pull your vehicle off to the side of the road, and breathe a sigh of relief…you’ve just survived a blowout.

  10. Michigan has the highest rate of seat belt usage in the U.S., at 97.2 percent.