Ask A Trooper: How to handle a blown tire

Published 5:38 pm Tuesday, July 12, 2022

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Question:  Summertime I notice a lot more tire treads on the roads, can you write about what to do if you have a tire blow out while driving?

Answer: It is important to monitor proper tire pressure and your tire condition and hopefully you can avoid a tire blow out.  In the warmer months the hot air can cause your tires to increase pressure while the colder months can cause the air in your tires to condense, lowering the tire pressure.

If you do have a tire blow out here are a few tips to keep yourself safe and minimize damage.

• Hold onto the steering wheel to maintain control of the vehicle to avoid going into other lanes of traffic or opposing traffic.

• Keep your foot on the gas to maintain control. Once you have regained control reduce speed. (your instincts will want you to brake but this can change the vehicle dynamics quickly which can cause you to lose control).

• Keep your forward momentum: Keep the vehicle moving in a straight line as possible.

• Allow the vehicle to slow down gradually: Take your foot off the gas and avoid the brakes, let your vehicle slow down naturally. Once your vehicle starts to slow down it will be easier to control.  Activate you hazard lights and move onto the shoulder.

You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober.  Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester MN 55901-5848.  (Or reach him at, Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us)