What to Do If You Have a Flat Tire
or Blowout on the Highway

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What To Do If You Have A Blowout

Having a flat tire when driving is always a problem. But experiencing a breakdown like a flat tire or blowout while traveling on an interstate highway or other high-speed roadway can present special dangers.

Dealing with a Flat Tire on the Highway:

  • Don’t stop in traffic.
  • Get your vehicle completely away from the roadway before attempting to change a tire.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Tackle changing a tire only if you can do so without placing yourself in danger.
  • Have a qualified mechanic check your vehicle after having a flat tire to be sure there is no residual damage.

Dealing with a Tire Blowout on the Highway:

  • At the First Sign of Tire Trouble
    Grip the steering wheel firmly. Turn your emergency flashers on.
  • Don’t Slam on the Brakes
    Let the car slow down gradually by taking your foot off the gas pedal.
  • Work Your Vehicle Toward The Breakdown Lane or Toward an Exit
  • If it is Necessary to Change Lanes
    Signal your intentions to drivers behind and do so smoothly and carefully. Steer as your vehicle slows down. It is better to roll the car to a safe place than it is to stop in traffic and risk a collision.
  • Change the Tire
    Changing a tire with traffic whizzing past can be nerve-wracking at best and dangerous at worst. Therefore, it may be best to get professional help (roadside assistance) if you have a tire blowout on a multi-lane highway. Call the authorities in case of an emergency. Don’t stand behind or next to your vehicle. If possible, stand away from the vehicle and wait for help to arrive.