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Today, with better, quality tires, blowouts are less common. Unfortunately this means that many don’t know what to do in the event of a flat tire. Instinctively, people might try to brake or take action that could actually put them in more danger and lead to a collision.

If you’ve never had a flat before, here is how to handle a flat tire:

Do Not Brake

This is the most important thing to remember, and possibly the hardest thing to do. Your instincts and reflexes will want you to move your foot off the gas and slam on the brakes. However, braking suddenly will cause the car to be unbalanced, and you will lose control of your vehicle and possibly cause an accident.

Instead, keep your foot on the gas and adjust your steering to stabilize the car. Once you are driving straight, slowly ease off the gas and make your way to the shoulder of the road. Still avoid braking – your flat will help slow down the car. Definitely do not stop in traffic. Slow down slowly until you can stop safely on the side of the road.

Stay Safe

Use your turn signal and change lanes carefully. If you can, aim towards the side of the road that is the same side that the flat tire is on. Move your car off of the roadway if possible to avoid rear-rend or side collisions. You don’t want to be close to fast moving traffic once you exit your vehicle.

Turn on your emergency flashers. If you are safely away from traffic and know how, change the tire. If not, call for roadside assistance. Stand away from your vehicle and wait for help to arrive.

Later, after help has arrived and your car is safe at home, take it to a mechanic to check to make sure there’s no residual damage. Our service department at Penske Automotive would be happy to assist you and check to make sure your vehicle is in tiptop shape.

What causes tire blowouts?

Sometimes, the cause of a flat is obvious – a nail or something in the road causes a gash. In other cases, most people think that overinflated in tires cause them to blow out, but it’s actually the opposite. An under-inflated tire will cause the rubber to flex beyond its normal elasticity.

This is why it’s incredibly important to check your tire pressure monthly. Buy a pressure gauge and put it in your glove box. It will only take you a few minutes to do, and can prevent more serious trouble further down the line. You can usually find the recommended tire pressure inside the driver’s door.

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Penske Truck Leasing to Host Discovery Forum 2010 Across North America

Penske Truck Leasing to Host Discovery Forum 2010 Across North America

Penske Truck Leasing will host 14 more dates across North America as part of Discovery Forum 2010, a series of educational open houses for commercial fleet owners and fleet managers. The forums begin Oct. 5 in Milwaukee and conclude on Dec. 14 in Ontario. Previous forums took place in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Penske’s Certified Transportation Professionals and other fleet experts and key vendors and suppliers will be on hand to discuss a wide range of topics ranging from the latest engine technologies, preventive maintenance programs, finance options, EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, onboard fleet technologies, fuel management, safety insights on the new CSA 2010 program, and other topics of interest to today’s fleet owners and managers.

To attend these free educational events, please call 888-216-9365. Advanced registration is required due to limited seating.

Oct. 5 – Milwaukee
Oct. 7 – Northwood, Ohio
Oct. 14 – Jessup, Md.
Oct. 21 – Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 28 – Indianapolis
Nov. 2 – Burlington, N.J.
Nov. 9 – Dallas
Nov. 11 – San Antonio
Nov. 16 – Atlanta
Nov. 18 – Miami
Nov. 30 – Sacramento, Calif.
Dec. 2 – La Mirada, Calif.
Dec. 7 – Phoenix
Dec. 14 – Mississauga, Ontario


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