Tyre blow-outs and how to control them

Tyre blow-outs can occur for many reasons, including damaging your tyres yourself! This can be avoided by simple precautions when driving, such as avoiding potholes, driving up kerbs or even just rubbing against them.

If a rear tyre blows out when driving

Your car is likely to swerve about, particularly if you are travelling over 50 mph. Hold the steering wheel firmly and if you can, quickly change into a lower gear to help slow the vehicle - otherwise focus on controlling the vehicles direction. If you have to use the footbrake, use it gently and be prepared that the vehicle may skid.

If a front tyre blows out when driving

A front tyre blow-out will cause the car to pull severely to one side. Steer firmly to correct the pull. Avoid using the footbrake if possible and concentrate on controlling the steering, whilst letting the car slow down naturally. Once again if you use the footbrake be careful not to lock the back wheels.

Also again changing down to a lower gear will help slow the car, but controlling your steering may be a higher priority.

Never attempt to drive anywhere on a burst tyre, if the vehicle has stopped, and it is safe to do so - switch on your hazard lights and leave the vehicle.

If it is possible to replace the tyre (although this is unlikely as the wheel rim will probably be damaged) do not attempt it unless the car has stopped in a safe place.

If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, we can help you get your vehicle repaired, organise a hire care for you, and even make an injury compensation claim on your behalf.

Car Call and our partners are specialists in managing all aspects of a road accident claim, and because we and our partners recover our costs from the at-fault drivers insurance company.

Call us now on 02392 484 244 for free help and advice from one of our experienced claims advisors.

No need to claim on your insurance

Anyone who has been involved in a road accident has the right to choose who repairs their vehicle. If you were responsible for the accident you were involved in, the company that insures your vehicle would normally deal with your accident claim.

However if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can choose to either claim on your own insurance policy or make a claim independently of your insurer. To find out more call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

We and our partners help thousands of people make independent accident claims. Our service enables motorists to get the help and assistance they need to resolve their accident related issues, with the costs being recovered directly from the at-fault driver on your behalf.

No excess to pay

Unfortunately even if an accident was not your fault, your insurer will almost certainly require you to pay your excess before any repair is started on your car.

This money should of course be recovered by an insurer at a later date, but with our service - you do not have to pay it at all.

By using our independent claims service, you are not making a claim on your insurance policy and so you will have no excess to pay.

Receive a comparable replacement hire vehicle

Not all insurance policies will include a replacement hire-car for you to use if yours is damaged and unroadworthy. In fact it is typically an 'optional extra' on your policy.

Other policies may offer a 'courtesy car' but this is often just a 'basic' saloon or hatchback which may not be suitable for your needs.

Car Call and its partners will provide a comparable replacement vehicle as part of our service. This means we will endeavour to supply a hire-vehicle that similar to your own in terms of its type, make and engine size.

So whether you drive a small hatchback or a prestige sports car, we will look to provide a similar hire-vehicle that suits your needs.

Manufacturer approved vehicle repairs

If you have been involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the quality of the repairs to your car. We have a UK wide network of partner approved Accident Repair Centres available to all of our customers.

Many of our accident repair centres are have manufacturer approvals for specific brands, so if you require a manufacturer approved repair centre, simply tell your personal claim handler and they will ensure your vehicle goes to an approved repairer.

Want you vehicle repaired by a specific garage? No problem, we can alternatively use a repairer that you specify.

Legal Assistance

Our partner solicitors provide legal assistance as part of our service. They specialise in motor claims related issues, so you can be assured of the best possible advice and assistance.

They issues they can assist you with include:

  • Recovery of the cost of the replacement hire-vehicle
  • Recovery of the cost of uplifting your damaged vehicle
  • Recovery of all repair costs
  • Recovery of the cost of damaged of personal items
  • Seeking financial compensation for an injury