Driving your RV down the road is an exciting time for you and your family as you anticipate the new places your adventure will take you. Until, POP! A blown tire can cause a lot of panic and frantic feelings, especially if you’ve never felt the jolt of a tire blowing or the feeling of losing control of such a large vehicle. There are a few things to do when you realize your tire has just blown:
- Stay calm and maintain control of the vehicle
- Safely pull over to inspect the damage
- Repair the blown tire, if possible
Tire blowouts can happen for a variety of reasons, but no matter the reason for the blowout, it’s important to have foreknowledge of what to do in the event of this kind of emergency and have a plan for how to get back on the road.
Stay Calm And Maintain Control Of The Vehicle
When you feel or hear an RV tire pop, it’s normal to panic about what’s going to happen next. Your body might go into a fight, flight, or freeze response, but more than anything it is important to try your best to stay calm and keep control of your RV. Resist the urge to slam on the brakes or make any sudden movements as that could cause you to lose control of the RV. Instead, gently take your foot off the accelerator, keeping only a small amount of pressure on the pedal to provide just enough control over the vehicle. Once the RV slows down, use the steering wheel to guide it to a safe place on the side of the road, such as a shoulder or a rest area.
If you’re in heavy traffic, you should put on your hazard lights so vehicles around you know that you’re having an issue and hopefully move out of your way.