Let’s say you’re coasting around in your used Citroen, taking swigs out of your sweet iced tea bottle with your shades on as you enjoy the life of the road. The world is golden to you. Nothing is better than a drive to deal out the pleasant passions of letting time slip away into the forgotten feelings of worry, frustration, to-do lists and dealing with people you don’t like. It’s just you and your Citroen. You and the road–
And then your tire blows out! Holy cow! What do you do? The whole ordeal sounded like an explosion, so you’re thinking the engine is on fire or something, and you’re going to die in your private mobile paradise. But not to worry–everything will be just fine.
The fact is this: blowouts are pretty terrifying. There’s no denying that. It’s not the same thing as getting a flat. Those gradually show as a sign of steering trouble and even drivability. But a blowout happens immediately, and that’s pretty serious.
Here are the steps to take for recovering from a blowout, though. There’s no need to fear. Your safety is your priority.
You first need to make sure you carry a spare in the trunk because wherever you might be might land you nowhere near an auto shop or gas station. Secondly, if you run into a blowout, be alert. Keep your hands on the wheel and try to maintain enough control while being firm with the brake. You want to slow down, but not too fast. Pull over to the side of the road or on a median right away. Set your hazard lights on. What you then need to do is jack up the car to allow you space for removing the blown tire. Replace it with the spare and without hesitation head to the nearest auto shop!
Those are the steps. Remember them. Your used Citroen will thank you in the long run.