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close up of motorcycleFor many motorcyclists, getting a tire blowout on the road is a nightmare scenario that they put out of their minds. This is a mistake because if one should happen, you won't have time to figure out what to do and your reactions will most likely cause you to lose control of the bike. Therefore, you should give it some thought so that you'll be ready if a blowout should happen.

Handling a Blowout

When a tire blows out, attempts at turning or any kind of braking will result in complete loss of stability. Any sort of braking, whether by quickly letting up on the gas, downshifting or using the brakes, will cause a sudden weight shift on the bike which must be avoided. This leaves you with only one option, to travel in a straight line while letting up on the gas very gradually.

When the blowout occurs, do not try to fight the wobbling. Look at the road ahead and maintain a straight course while keeping a firm grip on the handlebars with bent arms. Ease up on the gas and let wind resistance slow down your bike until you come to a stop. Push your motorcycle off to the side of the road well away from traffic.

Blowout Prevention

Blowouts rarely occur with tubeless motorcycle tires, but damage from running over objects on the road or poor maintenance will increase its likelihood. Maintain the proper air pressure at all times. Under-inflated tires will accelerate tire wear and weaken the rubber. Over-inflation causes the tires to get hot which will shorten their lifespan. Check the air pressure when the tires are cool.

Inspect your tires on a regular basis for wear and damage. Check your tires immediately after running over road debris, rocks or curbs. Hitting these types of objects can cause punctures, cuts or cracks in the tire.

Protect the tires from gas, brake and lubrication fluids because they will chemically react with and deteriorate the rubber. Clean off the tires immediately after spills.

The best way to handle a tire blowout is to not have them at all. Your tires are the most important part of your motorcycle so take good care of them and drive safe.

Protect your bike. Call Auto Insurers of Virginia at (804) 379-2697 for more information on Midlothian motorcycle insurance.
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