Friday, August 26, 2011

What To Do If You Have A Blowout / History Of The Wheel

Yesterday we posted three pictures of tires. One was a blownout tire, another had a nail in it, and the last one had the wires poking out.
Worn out tire with tread
showing. This wheel is
minutes away from having
a blowout.

Nail in a tire

Do you know what to do if you have a blowout?
Tire that has blown out
THIS VIDEO has great tips of what to do if you have a blowout. Here are the basics:

  • Don't Panic
    • Staying calm is key when you have a vehicle emergency. If you panic, you can't think clearly or logically, which is very important when facing a blowout.
  • Don't slam on your brakes
    • This can cause your vehicle to lose 
  • Slow down gradually and maintain control
    • Let off the gas and allow your vehicle to slow down on its own instead of slamming on your brakes. 
  • Move to the side of the road and out of moving traffic
    • Safety first! While changing your tire, you will be preoccupied and not able to pay attention to moving traffic. Move as far away as you can from moving traffic so that you can safely and quickly change your tire and move on. 
DID YOU KNOW?!: The History Of The Wheel
Based on ancient diagrams, the wheel showed up as early as 3500 B.C. in Mesopotamia (part of modern day Iraq). Wheels with spokes were used in 2000 B.C. in Egypt. Wheels were developed in Europe in about 1400 B.C. without any influence from other cultures. In the Americas, the Inca, Aztec and Maya civilizations were highly sophisticated, but never invented the wheel or anything like it. There is no evidence that the use of the wheel existed among native people anywhere in the Western Hemisphere until well after contact with Europeans. Read more about the history of the wheel.


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