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What should you do if you have a blowout while driving?

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December 18, 2011 10:57PM

* At the first sign of tire trouble, grip the steering wheel firmly. * 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, if possible, toward an exit. * If it is necessary to change lanes, signal your intentions to drivers behind and do so smoothly and carefully, watching your mirrors and the traffic around you very closely. * Steer as your vehicle slows down. It is better to roll the car off the roadway (when you have slowed to 30 miles per hour) and into a safe place than it is to stop in traffic and risk a rear-end or side collision from other vehicles. * When all four wheels are off the pavement-brake lightly and cautiously until you stop. * Turn your emergency flashers on.