Know What to Do When Driving if You have a Tire Blowout.
If you are driving and one of your tires suddenly goes "pop" you have to think fast. The consequences of not knowing how to handle such an abrupt and dangerous situation can mean the difference between safely stopping your vehicle or getting into a dangerous accident.
First, what you don't do! If your tire blows out, DO NOT slam on the brakes. If you quickly apply the brakes your vehicle can begin to go out of control because all of the necessary contact patches (i.e., properly inflated tires) are not equally touching the road. Your vehicle can torque violently to one side causing you to unexpectedly change lanes. Accidents have been caused this way. And they usually don't turn out well..
Second, what you should do if your tire blows out: Make sure your hands are gripping the steering wheel firmly but not so hard that your steering inputs become too extreme. Keep your vehicle straight. Then, remove your foot from the gas pedal so that your vehicle begins to slow. Wait for your vehicle to slow to a speed that you feel it is safe enough to turn toward the side of the road where you can come to a stop. You can use the brakes when the vehicle slows down enough.
Think about these tips as you drive so that you can be prepared if something like this happens. Have any of you experienced a tire blowout on the freeway? I have. I was pulling a U-haul trailer at the time and things got pretty hairy for a second but I was able to wrestle the vehicle and trailer to the side of the road without incident. Scary stuff. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl603/teen_htm/special.htm