When driving, you cannot always predict every incident. If you hear a loud noise while driving, there is a chance you can blame your tire. Tire blowouts are common but according to Allstate, can force your car to swerve out of control.

After an accident, many drivers benefit from understanding how to prevent future collisions. Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself after a blowout.

Why do tires blow out?

Most of the time, tires blow out because of underinflation. If your air pressure stays too low, the tires can flex beyond their normal limits. As the rubber flexes, it heats up and the rubber separates from the tire’s cord and fabric reinforcement.

Drivers have a higher likelihood of having a tire blowout when driving at higher speeds, particularly on the interstate. In stop-and-go traffic, you do not build up much heat, so you have fewer chances of a blowout.

What can you do during a blowout?

If you hear a loud boom while driving, try to stay as calm as possible. A lot of people instinctively step on the brake. Unfortunately, when you hit the brake, your wheels lock up and you can lose complete control of your vehicle. Instead, accelerate a little and steer as straight as you can. After accelerating, begin to slow down by lifting off the accelerator.

When you manage to pull over, turn your emergency lights on immediately. Do not try to change the tire unless you have room to do so safely. Often, you may not have room when on the interstate.