Safe Family: Flat tire safety

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

You see people pulled off the road because of a flat tire all the time. But how many of them are safe when doing that?

The highways are busy places in the summer, and with all that traffic, flat tires are bound to happen.

Driver Stan Heineken has seen accidents happen just because people don't pull off the road far enough when attempting to fix the flat or for any other type of roadside situation.

Doris Halley of Sherman tire has seen it, too.

"We had a customer have a blowout but didn't get off road far enough. We went to help him, but as a result there was a two-car accident."

If you have an emergency kit, put out reflectors. It may feel unusual pulling that far off the road, but as Halley demonstrated for us, it's all for your safety.

"If you realize something isn't right, even if you're not sure it's a flat, pull off road and get a safe distance off. It’s good to pull in grassy areas instead of pavement."

Remember to pull far enough off that you're away from traffic, and if you get stuck in a tricky situation, always call for help.

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