Driving an RV makes some people nervous under the best conditions. Cruising along and having a tire blow out can be absolutely terrifying for many drivers as well. RV enthusiasts Russ and Tina DeMaris recently offered some tips on dealing with a motorhome tire blowout on NewRVer.com.
The best way to ensure against an RV tire blowing out while on the road is to take good care of your tires. This means properly maintaining your tires and replacing ones that are too worn. The DeMarises suggest checking tire pressure daily, before they have a chance to heat up from contact with the road.
If it happens despite your best intentions, how you react can dictate your success. Instead of hitting the brake right away, experts say you should accelerate slightly to keep the momentum of the RV moving forward. Keep in mind that you'll also have to steer the vehicle pretty hard to compensate for the pull the blown tire causes on the RV.
Once you have the motorhome back in control, you can start to slow down gradually to pull over and have the problem fixed.
The DeMarises also remind RVers that wearing a seatbelt is important when driving an RV at all times, especially in the case of a blowout since you'll need to stay safely anchored to the captain's chair to keep the situation under control.