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Can a tire blowout cause an accident?

As warm weather moves into the area, there is a greater chance of a tire blowout. If you have never experienced this, consider yourself lucky. This is a scary situation in which your tire begins to lose pressure while you drive your vehicle.

If your tire explodes while driving, you should expect the vehicle to pull strongly in one direction or the other. Along with this, the vehicle will also slow down. If this happens to you, the best thing you can do is get to the shoulder of the road. To do so, you need to steer in the opposition direction of where your vehicle is being pulled.

There are many causes of a tire blowout, including warm weather. Along with this, an underinflated tire can also be the culprit, as this causes more friction between the rubber and the road. And of course, if you have too much weight in your vehicle, it increases the chance of a blowout.

The best way to prevent a blowout is to always have enough air in your tires. Along with this, don't put more weight in your vehicle than it can comfortably handle.

If you experience a tire blowout, it can be extremely scary. As you lose control of your vehicle, there is always the chance that this could cause an accident.

Note: Even if you don't experience a tire blowout, another driver could find him- or herself in this position. If this person is unable to gain control of their vehicle, you could be involved in a serious accident.

Source: NTB, "Why You Shouldn't Brake During a Tire Blowout," accessed May 25, 2016

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