WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TYRE BLOWS OUT, AND HOW A TPMS CAN PREVENT IT…
Bang! The explosion rips through your vehicle just before the steering wheel jerks to one side. The blown tyre drags your vehicle across the lane, pulling you into oncoming traffic. It happens so fast there’s no time to think; you either do the right thing instinctively, or make a fatal error.
Truth be told, no-one knows how they’ll react to a tyre blowout until the terrifying moment is upon them.
Fortunately, however, modern tyres have drastically reduced the chance of a tyre blowout, but that doesn’t make the prospect any less terrifying. So what should you do in the event of a tyre blowout? Well, that answer will depend on the type of blowout (front or rear), but in the interest of simplicity, here’s what you should know (do) in the event of a blowout:
- Try not to panic, scream, or close your eyes.
- Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and avoid abrupt turns.
- Do NOT slam on the brakes.
- Let your vehicle slow down gradually.
- Pull to the side of the road and contemplate the meaning of life.
Alternatively, forgo these five steps and opt for the one solution that safeguards you against tyre blowouts in the first place…. fit a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
99% of all tyre blowouts are caused by under inflation! Most of the time, it’s an undetected puncture that invariably leads to total tyre destruction. But that’s good news, it means you can avoid the scenario by simply fitting a TPMS and keeping a watchful eye on your tyres.
Admittedly, most TPMS units aren’t cheap (roughly R4k), but the system only needs to work once to pay itself off and potentially save your life. Most important, don’t make the mistake of buying the cheapest TPMS on the market. There’s little point in fitting an inaccurate system. From past experience, we’ve found that the Valor kits works incredibly well.
The kit’s dashboard display is easily (DIY) installed, and once connected, it allows you to effortlessly monitor your tyres’ at any given time.
Other features include:
- A low tyre pressure warning
- A high tyre pressure warning
- High tyre temperature warning
- Rapid air leakage warning
- Slow air leakage warning
With the above-mentioned points in mind, its no wonder so many advanced driving academies and 4×4 training courses advocate the fitment of a TPM system. It’s the number one safety solution for any vehicle – particularly 4x4s where the owner / driver is far more likely to pick up a puncture.
If you need further convincing, consider these points…
- A 20% under-inflated tyre has 30% less tread life.
- A 30% under-inflated tyre has 45% less tread life.
- A 20% over-inflated tyre has 10% less tread life.
- And, an under-inflated tyre will use significantly more fuel.