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What to Do if Your Tire Blows While Driving

A blown tire while towing an RV or trailer can be scary and dangerous, but it is not uncommon. The sudden loss of a tire can cause the vehicle to swerve, making it difficult to maintain control. Knowing what to do in this situation can make all the difference in preventing further damage or accidents. Let’s discuss what to do if your tire blows while towing, including how to stay safe and what steps to take to get back on the road as quickly and safely as possible.

What to Do When One of Your Tires Blows

If one of your tires blows out while towing, you should remain calm and control the vehicle. Here are the steps to follow.

1. Keep your hands on the steering wheel.

Keep your hands firmly on the steering wheel to maintain vehicle control. Avoid overreacting or jerking the wheel, as this can cause the vehicle to swerve and worsen the situation.

2. Avoid slamming on the brakes.

Avoid slamming on the brakes, which can cause the vehicle to skid or jackknife. Instead, gently apply the brakes to slow down the car gradually.

3. Activate your hazard lights.

Turn on your hazard lights to signal to other drivers that there is a problem with your vehicle. Doing this can help prevent accidents and alert others to your presence on the road.

4. Pull over to a safe location.

Once the vehicle is under control, pull over to a safe location, such as the shoulder of the road or a nearby parking lot. Turn off the engine and engage the emergency brake before exiting the vehicle.

5. Assess the damage.

Check the tire that blew out for damage and inspect the other tires for signs of wear or damage. If you need help changing a tire, call for roadside assistance.

Can You Tow a Trailer with a Blown Tire?

Experts do not recommend towing a trailer with a blown tire, as this can cause further damage to your vehicle and create a dangerous situation on the road. Towing a trailer with a flat or blown tire can cause the wheel to grind against the pavement, damaging the rim, axle, and suspension system of the trailer and the tow vehicle.

Additionally, a trailer with a blown tire can be difficult to control, which can cause the vehicle to swerve or lose stability, increasing the risk of accidents. The uneven weight distribution caused by a flat or blown tire can also affect the handling and balance of the vehicle, making it harder to maneuver.

If you experience a blown tire while towing a trailer, it is best to pull over to a safe location and replace the tire or call roadside assistance. 

Should You Replace All Four Tires if One Blows Out?

Replacing all four tires on your RV or trailer is unnecessary if one tire blows out. However, it would help if you replaced the blown tire with a new one that matches the other tires’ size, load rating, and tread pattern. It benefits your vehicle to have tires with consistent performance and wear characteristics. Keeping your tires the same helps prevent future problems and extends the lifespan of your tires.

If the other tires on your RV or trailer are worn or nearing the end of their lifespan, consider replacing them as well. As mentioned, this helps prevent uneven wear and maintains optimal performance and safety on the road. If you decide to replace multiple tires, replace them in pairs or all four at once to maintain consistent performance and handling.

Remember, correctly maintaining your RV or trailer tires is crucial to your safety and vehicle longevity. Regularly inspect your tires for signs of wear or damage, maintain proper inflation levels, and replace them as needed.

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