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Blowout blues

Published:Sunday | October 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A blowout can be deadly for any driver, especially if travelling at high speeds. It is rapid loss of air pressure it tyres cause by a cut or tear.

"It depends on the type of the tyres you have on the vehicle," said Donald Francis, a certified driver instructor.

Tubeless tyres are considered to be safer as, in the event of a puncture, the air escapes slowly through the hole in the tyre. On the other hand, a damaged inner tube could explode like a balloon, resulting in rapid deflation which could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Recently in the United States, a blowout tyre caused the deaths of six Jamaicans. The group were en route to a church banquet.

Fancis told Automotives, in the event of blowout, the driver should try to stay calm, hold the steering firmly and not to suddenly apply the brakes.

"Apply the brakes gradually," he said.

Francis' preventative pointers:


  • Ensure tyres in good condition
  • Stay within the speed limit.
  • In case of blowout, do not suddenly apply the brakes.
  • Concentrate on slowly bringing the car to a halt.
  • Pull completely off the road.

- Paul Messam