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What to do if a tire blows out

If you have a tire blowout, you need to react quickly to keep your balance. You cannot always hear a tire blow. You have to be able to detect a flat tire from the way the motorcycle reacts. If the front tire goes flat, the steering will feel heavy. If the rear tire goes flat, the back of the motorcycle or moped will tend to slide from side to side.

If you have a tire blowout while driving, take the following steps:

  1. Hold the handgrips tightly and concentrate on steering. Try to keep a straight course.
  2. Stay off the brake. Gradually close the throttle and let the vehicle coast.
  3. If it is the front tire that has blown, shift your weight as far back as you can. If it is the rear tire, stay where you are.
  4. Wait until you are going very slowly, then edge toward the side of the road and coast to a stop.