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What should you do if your tyre bursts while driving?

If a tyre bursts while you are driving, it can be a very scary experience.

It's important to stay calm and take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and that of others around you.

Here's what you should do if your tyre bursts:

Stay calm and don't panic

The first thing you should do is stay calm. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and try to maintain control of the car.

Don't brake suddenly

When a tyre bursts, your car may start to pull in the direction of the burst tyre. Don't brake suddenly, as this could cause you to lose control of the car.

Ease off the accelerator and allow the car to slow down gradually.

Steer the car in a straight line

Try to keep the car moving in a straight line. Don't try to turn or change direction, as this could cause the car to spin or roll.

Signal and move to a safe location

Once the car is under control, signal to other drivers that you're slowing down and pull over to a safe location if possible.

Ideally, you should aim for a level, straight stretch of road with a wide shoulder or a safe place to park.

Change the tyre or call for assistance

If you have a spare tyre and feel confident in changing it yourself (and it is safe to do so), change the tyre.

Alternatively, call for roadside assistance or a breakdown service.

Remember, prevention is always better than cure. Regularly check your tyres for signs of wear and tear, and ensure they're inflated to the correct pressure.

Who to call when your tyre busts?

Some popular breakdown service providers in the UK include the AA, RAC, Green Flag, and the breakdown services offered by car insurance companies.

If you are a member of a breakdown service provider, you can call their helpline number for assistance. If you are not a member, you may still be able to get assistance, but you may be charged a higher fee.