Tire explosion is one of the most frequent and serious causes of car accidents. Causing unpredictable consequences not only for the car owner and surrounding vehicles. So what is the cause? How to handle? How to prevent?

The article below CarOn will reveal it to you!

Cause of tire explosion

Tires are under-inflated or over-inflated

Tires are too low or too inflated

Under-inflated car tires are considered the main cause of your car’s tire blowing out. In fact, according to the operating principle of tires, the air pressure inside the car tire will be responsible for bearing the entire weight of the vehicle as well as the weight of the passengers and luggage in the vehicle.

Once your tire is in a state of lack of air, it means that the tire has to take on additional “responsibility” causing damage to the tire’s structural components such as: steel wire, rubber, tire tread and even the bead. The tire also has to work too hard. In addition, lack of air will cause your tires to generate high heat, plus friction between the tires and the road surface will cause overheating and easily explode.

Next is the situation where the tire is too inflated, which will also lead to a tire explosion. Reduced friction between the tire and the road surface will increase braking distance, even causing skidding and loss of control.

Drivers with a lot of experience using cars say you should also check your wheels more often via a handheld tire pressure gauge or install an additional tire pressure sensor. for continuous monitoring. When you inflate your vehicle, you must also ensure compliance with the pressure specifications usually posted on the rear of the driver’s door.

Cars are overloaded

Carrying too much weight

Cars, once overloaded, have become an eternal “problem” for trucks. The overloading of the vehicle unintentionally placed the tires in a state of “maximum load limit”. At this time, the amount of heat generated during friction with the road surface and also moving through rough roads will push the shell’s endurance beyond the limit. Therefore, the situation where a car tire will explode is unavoidable.

Falling on a road full of potholes

When you travel on a road with concave road surfaces, also known as potholes, this is what will immediately “kill” your car’s tires, and it will even destroy your wheels. if you still stubbornly walk on that road.

If your car is running at low speed, a pothole will only make you feel jolted and uncomfortable. However, if you are driving at high speed, the pressure from the road surface will immediately cause the tire to explode, crack the rim and, more seriously, break the shock absorber.

Bad road with potholes

In this case, you are driving a sports car with large wheels, which means the thickness of the shell wall will also be very thin and will only need to be crushed by small burrs or sharp rocks at high speeds. will most likely cause the tire to explode immediately.

Therefore, the advice of experts with extensive experience in driving cars is that you should drive at a moderate speed if you are not familiar with the road. It is difficult for you to recognize potholes at a distance when drivers’ visibility will be limited, especially when you are moving too fast.

Car tires are too old

At this time, your tires will experience excessive wear, the tire surface will crack, and its bearing capacity will be weakened.

The question often asked is when you need to change your car tires. As recommended by tire manufacturer Bridgestone, you should replace tires as soon as the tread wears down to the limit wear indicator, the tire rubber develops cracks, swelling… or after 7 years from the production week. export. If the tire is too old, the tire will wear to a limit point and when the vehicle operates at high speed, the factors of temperature, pressure and load will completely destroy your tire.

Tires are too old

Sudden impact on sharp edges, nails, rocks, etc.

Accidentally running over sharp objects on the road such as rocks, nails, pieces of iron, metal… can also cause the tire to puncture or explode, especially when the vehicle is driving at high speed. This is also a common cause of tire explosions on highways in Vietnam.

Damaged rims

Damaged car wheels will scratch the tires when operating. The scratch is too deep, causing the tire to not be able to handle the tire pressure, leading to a tire explosion. Automobile experts recommend that tires be inflated to the correct pressure after 40,000km for passenger cars and 80,000km for trucks.

The car takes sharp turns when driving at high speed

High-speed cornering car

The vehicle turns sharply while driving at high speed, causing the tire to bend sideways. At the same time, heavy load and lateral tearing force increase the risk of tire explosion. Drivers should slow down before the curve to reduce pressure on the tires.

Other objective factors

In addition to the above causes, car tire explosions also come from other objective factors such as high roughness of the highway surface, which increases friction and generates high heat, causing the air in the tire to expand. Hot weather increases the heat and pressure in the tire… Inject nitrogen gas to limit the tire’s rapid overheating, while the driver controls the speed to reduce tire pressure.

How to handle a car tire burst

Hold the steering wheel tightly

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Hold the steering wheel tightly

The first way to handle a tire burst is to hold the steering wheel tightly and steer the car straight. When a car suddenly has a tire blowout, the car will wobble very much. Therefore, the driver needs to hold the steering wheel tightly to keep the car going straight. If the vehicle is skewed or pulled to one side, turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction so that the vehicle stays in your lane, limiting the situation of the vehicle rushing into the median or encroaching on other lanes.

Slowly ease off the accelerator

When a car tire blows out, it will experience a very strong shock. Therefore it is necessary to control the vehicle speed. The next step in dealing with a tire burst is to slightly reduce the accelerator pedal. Absolutely do not release the accelerator immediately, but release it slowly.

Check the brakes

After slowly releasing the accelerator pedal and the speed decreases, begin applying the brake to slow down.

Observe and pull over

Once you have the situation under control, turn on your emergency lights to signal vehicles behind. Next, observe and then pull the car over to the side and park in a safe location. Absolutely do not stop your vehicle in the middle of the road if the vehicle can move.

Change the tire or call for help

Replace the spare tire or call for help

When the vehicle has stopped and parked in a safe place, if there is a spare tire available, replace the spare tire. In case there is none, call the rescue service to tow the car back.

Things to note when your car’s tire explodes

Do not apply the brakes suddenly

The first reaction of many people when a tire blows out is to slam on the brakes to stop the car quickly. This is extremely dangerous, especially when the car’s tire blows out while driving at high speed or the car’s tire blows out on the highway. Because sudden braking can easily cause the vehicle to tilt, lose its center of gravity, and lead to overturning. This situation is common with 5-seat and 7-seat high-rise vehicles such as SUVs, crossovers, etc. One situation is that sudden braking will cause the remaining wheels to lose grip and slide, leading to loss of control.

Do not drive hard

When a tire blows out, the car often wobbles, making it difficult to control the steering wheel, especially when the car has a blown front tire. Many people panicked and hit the steering wheel hard. Not only does this not help, but on the contrary, it makes the situation more serious.

Do not suddenly release the accelerator

Do not suddenly release the accelerator

Many people think that if they suddenly release the accelerator, the car will slow down. However, in reality, this method of deceleration is very dangerous. Because it can cause the car to lose control, leading to the car losing control. When the tire blows out, the car is still rolling, so if you release the accelerator, the car will move freely. If you step on the accelerator, the car can be braked by the engine. Therefore, instead of releasing the accelerator immediately, slowly reduce the accelerator and apply the brake.

How to prevent car tires from blowing out

Check tires periodically

A normal tire can be used between 40,000 km and 60,000 km before needing to be replaced. Therefore, you need to pay attention to changing tires periodically. Beyond this period, the life of the rubber is no longer guaranteed, causing many dangerous situations when driving.

Read more: Reasons why a car stalls in the middle of the road

Inflate the tire with nitrogen gas

Pump nitrogen gas

According to some experts, when inflating tires with nitrogen gas, the noise transmission ability is lower, creating smoothness and reducing heat generation when running at high speed. That’s why many frequent highway drivers choose to inflate their tires with nitrogen.

Use tubeless tires

There are two common types of car tires: tubed tires and tubeless tires. According to experts, tubeless tires are less likely to blow out than tubed tires. If there is a sudden slash, cut, or impact, a tubeless tire will usually only puncture and lose air slowly. Therefore, if possible, you should use tubeless tires.

Install tire pressure sensor

Installing a tire pressure sensor is necessary to ensure safety when driving, promptly detect under-inflated or over-inflated tires, and avoid tire damage, reduced lifespan or punctures or explosions. tire.

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Internal valve tire pressure sensor – CarOn Pro

In addition, drivers can promptly detect inappropriate tire pressure and take quick measures to avoid traveling when tire pressure is not at standard levels. Compared to using a tire pressure gauge, TPMS brings more convenience because there is no need to measure pressure multiple times. When purchasing a tire pressure monitoring system, drivers are also guaranteed quality by the accompanying warranty program.

In addition, installing tire pressure sensors also ensures safety and limits risks when driving; Helps extend tire life; Maximum fuel economy; Creates a comfortable and precise feeling when driving,…


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