How to stay safe when your tire goes flat

If you have spent much time behind the wheel, you probably have experienced a flat tire. The faster you are driving, the more dangerous it can be.

A flat tire is more than just an inconvenience. When it happens on a busy highway, it could be panic-inducing. Cunningham Chrysler of Edinboro offers these tips to stay safe when a tire blows.

If you're on the highway and a tire blows, stay in control of the steering wheel. You probably already have a white-knuckle grip on the wheel but try to relax and keep control of the vehicle. Begin to guide the vehicle off the roadway as quickly slowly, steadily, and as safely as possible using your turn signal to let other drivers know where you are going.

Your first reaction may be to slam on the brakes but it is better to slow down gradually until you stop completely on the shoulder. Once stopped uses your hazard lights so others know you're there and call for help. If your changing the tire yourself make sure you are clear of the roadway.

One of the best things you can do to prevent a blowout is to have your tires regularly checked and rotated, or changed when appropriate. Our service department at Cunningham Chrysler of Edinboro can inspect your tires and perform other preventive maintenance as well. Schedule an appointment today and drive with confidence.

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