Why do car tires blow easily on the highway?

10/19/2018

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Tire burst occurs to not only poor quality tires but also tires of luxury cars. Especially, they are more at risk of blowing out on the highway. Check this post to know why!

According to the statistics from a lot of Highway Project Managements, although the traffic is not heavy, every day there are five tire bursts on the road on average. The number of vehicles encountered similar situation is much higher when it's on highway.

According to our experts on automobiles, the tire not only bears the full load but also is the only part of the car in direct contact with the road, so the tire is heavily impacted from external factors when the car operates.

a burst tire

A car tire blowout is more likely to happen on highways

Causes of a tire blowout on the highway

In fact, there are many reasons causing damages on tire and tire blowout, but the common causes are:

  • Collisions and cuts, by sharp objects on the road (metal bar, stone, glass).
  • The heavy impact from objects on the road, that causes the wheel to deform, tire to be damaged or torn (potholes, large rocks)
  • Operation at unsuitable tire pressure, too high or too low, increases the risk of tire damage and burst in the event of a collision with a foreign object.
  • The operation when tires have been damaged (cut, edged) or improperly repaired and patched.

A worn-out tire

Tire wear is a common cause of blowout under operation at high speed

  • Tires are too worn, the depth of the tread is too low
  • The impact of weather, ozone, chemicals or oil
  • Tire pressure drops due to valve cracking, rupture or leakage in the valve heart, wheel, et cetera.

How to handle the situation of tire burst on the highway?

To prevent accidents when the car tires blow on the highway, according to car maintenance experts, the driver should calmly take the following steps:

1. Press the accelerator pedal for a few seconds (in case your car is not moving too fast), do not hold the brakes too long to avoid skidding, and to help the car run straight without being diverted.

foot pressing the pedal

Press the accelerator pedal for a few seconds and don't hold the brakes for long

2.  If the rear tire is blown, the driver slowly applies the brake to slow down and pull the car to the side of the road. When braking, keep calm because the vehicle can be shaken violently, causing the driver difficult to take control.

3. If the tire blown out is at the front, the situation is more dangerous than that with the rear tire because this is the guide tire. The driver will have a hard time to steer, so use as much strength as you have to hold the steering wheel to keep the car moving straight.

4. When the car regains balance and slows down, the driver mustn't hastily apply the brake. Apply the brake slowly until the car stops, because even when the car is running very slowly, sudden braking could sway the car.

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