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What Is a Tire Blowout?

A tire blowout is one of the scariest situations a driver can encounter. A blowout is a rapid, explosive loss of tire pressure. It can occur while you’re on the highway or driving in traffic, which can increase your stress levels. The top five causes of tire blowouts are:

  • Underinflated tires
  • Overload
  • Uneven tread wear
  • Damage (from nails, glass, etc.)
  • Tire defects

You can’t miss a tire blowout, as it sounds like a loud popped balloon. A tire blowout may also emit a strong, burnt rubber odor. If it happens to you, please remember not to panic. You should remember to avoid slamming on your brakes. Instead, please turn on your hazard lights and get your vehicle away and out of traffic if possible. Afterward, call for a tow to our auto repair shop for repairs.


The key to preventing this unfortunate event from happening to you is proper tire maintenance.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Remember to regularly check your tire pressure and ensure that your tires are up to standards. Too low tire pressure is one of the most popular causes of tire blowouts.
  • Monitor your tire tread by regularly doing the penny test. This can help you anticipate your next tire replacement.
  • Keep your vehicle load light as heavyweight items can add drag and damage your tires.

If you have suffered from a tire blowout, please feel free to come by East Coast Auto Diesel ASAP. Our tire experts can help you keep up with your tire maintenance so that you can stay safe on the road.