A blowout will be sudden. You'll feel it in the wheel and you may hear it. You may feel a part of the vehicle dip. Control of the vehicle may be difficult. A flat tire will also be felt in the handling of the vehicle and steering may become unnatural, but this is more gradual than a blowout.
If you have a flat tire or a blowout on the highway, get a firm grip on the wheel and apply your brakes gently to slow. Pull off the road to a safe spot where you have enough room to park and get out of the vehicle without danger to yourself and without causing a traffic hazard for other motorists. Sudden braking may put your vehicle into a out of control.
If you can't pull off the road where you are, drive to a spot where you can pull off and change the tire safely. Do this even if you have to drive on a flat or blown-out tire-but drive slowly and put on your emergency flashers.
Don't try to change a tire on uneven or hilly ground. It's better to risk ruining a tire or wheel by driving on a flat tire than to risk having a jack slip when you are changing a tire on uneven road.
2. Storm Threat
- Stay informed by monitoring the storm via radio, TV, and internet.
- Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors. Objects such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys, and even awnings can be broken and picked up by strong winds and potentially become a projectile.
- Turn off utilities if instructed by authorities to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
- Keep a certain amount of cash available, if electricity lost, ATM's may not be working.
- Moor your boat if time permits.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
3. House Fires
- When you get out of your bed, you’ve got to stay very low, so try to crawl on the floor.
- Before opening any door, check it for heat using your hands.
- You’re going down a staircase, you want to feel the wall for direction so you can get down the stairs quicker.
- Have one fire escape ladder in every upstairs bedroom mounted on a window to help family members escape safely.
- Once you’re out, stay out. Never go back into a burning home.