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Is There a Difference Between a Flat Tire vs. Tire Blowout?

Often, a tire blowout can be mistaken for and used synonymously for a flat tire; however, the two are entirely different. A flat tire is generally a slower pressure loss, whereas a blowout involves a loud and instant pressure loss. When a blowout occurs, you will hear an explosive, popping sound due to the pressure erupting from the tire. Another notable difference is that flat tires can sometimes be recoverable. In contrast, a tire blowout is NOT salvageable and undoubtedly requires new wheels.


From what we've described, a tire blowout may seem scary (because it is). You may wonder, "what should I do in case this happens to me?". Gil's Garage has you back. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to handle a tire blowout like a champ.

  1. Continue to drive straight.When your tire pops, your vehicle will tend to tremble and lean in one direction. You will need to tightly grip the steering wheel and attempt to steer the car in a straight path. Even though you may be tempted to turn the car in a certain direction, please avoid doing this.
  2. Do NOT apply your brakes. Using your brakes is highly frowned upon in this scenario. Instead, it would be best for you to accelerate slowly to regain control of your vehicle. Accelerating does not put you in any harm's way as the blown tire creates friction, therefore slowing down the car.
  3. Pull over. Gently release your foot off the gas pedal and let the car slow down once you've been out of everybody's way. 
  4. Turn on your hazard lights. It is always wise to use your emergency blinkers to signal to others that you are in danger. 
  5. Change your tire if you can. If you have a spare, the proper tools, and the knowledge to do so, you can simply change your tire now. Just make sure you are doing this while your car is safely parked. If you need assistance, please call for a tow immediately.

Our experts at Gil's Garage of Half Moon offers high-quality tire maintenance services. We invite you to our shop today for all your automotive maintenance and repairs.

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