Think Fast: What do you do if you have a tire blowout?

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Every day, people find themselves in situations they never expect to be in.

In our special series, Think Fast, we let you experience these dangerous scenarios before they actually happen to you.

Our goal is to make sure you know what to do when your life is on the line.

Tonight, we ask, what would you do if your tire blew out?

Traffic records show blowouts are responsible for approximately 535 fatalities and more than 2,000 crashes every year.

Experts say tire blowouts are not only dangerous they're unpredictable. However, if you keep calm you can prevent a serious crash.

"You should never slam on the break; we want to always avoid that," said Connie Sessoms, CMS Driver Education Specialist. "Any time you slam on the break, you are going to diminish your control over the vehicle."

Instead of slamming the break, Sessoms said you should simply take your foot off the gas, let your speed naturally drop and focus on regaining control.

"If it is a blowout on the front, the tire is going to lurch sharply toward the direction of the blowout. If the right front tire blows out, that car is going to snatch to the right," Sessoms said.

Back tire blowouts are a different story.

"If it is a blowout on the rear, you are in for a wild ride at that point because the car could do anything. It could do a 360-spinout, it could lurch one way or the other. It is unpredictable."

It's not a good situation to be in.

That's why Sessoms said he teaches his students, if you don't want to be killed or injured in a crash caused by a tire blowout, be proactive.

"Make sure that your tires are properly inflated, that you checked it, there are no nails or anything sticking out of it. Make sure you don't run over things that are in the road," Sessoms said.

Sessoms reminds drivers that over inflation can also lead to disaster.

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