Avoiding a Tire Blowout

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 10:17pm

EL PASO - Several accidents lately have been caused by blown out tire. In some of the accidents, passengers have survived.  In others, they've died.

Director of Sun City Driving School, Jaime Canalda, gave advice on avoiding a blow out.

"A lot of times you don't check your tires, so you get on the highway and the problem is now you have a bad tire,"  Canalda said.

He said it's important to check them at least once a month.  And know how old your tires are.

"Most tires are recommended by the manufacturer to only last 6 years, " Canalda said. 

If you don't know how old your tires are, there's a way to check.  There are 4 numbers on your tire, they tell you which week of which year they were made.

Canalda said it's important, especially during extreme hot or cold conditions, to keep tires inflated properly.

"You're gonna have hot surface you're gonna have a hot tire," Canalda said.  

But if the worst happens, what should you do?  Most blow outs happen on the highway

"The first thing you're supposed to do is put on your hazards immediately, they release the excelerator and they firmly hold the steering wheel," Canalda said.

Make sure you don't hit the brakes and then steer to a safe, empty location.

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