Tyre bursts are one of the most common causes of accidents. In an incident in Punjab, a Toyota Fortuner lost control after tyre burst, jumped the divider and hit a Mahindra XUV 500 coming from the other side. Here is what happened.
What happened exactly?
The accident took place at Jandiala near Amritsar in Punjab. The Toyota Fortuner coming from Jalandhar was said to be at a very high speed. As seen in the CCTV footage, the Fortuner lost control after its tyre burst, and jumped the median to hit an XUV 500 coming from the other side.
The accident happened on National Highway 1, which is one of the most crowded highways of the country. The Fortuner appeared out of nowhere to hit the XUV 500. The Fortuner was peforming a high speed overtaking maneuver on the left most lane, and can be seen taking a sharp right to avoid a slow moving vehicle.
Just after the maneuver, the Fortuner lost control. The high-speed head-on collision between the two cars left three occupants of the XUV500 dead while five others were injured. The Fortuner had a single occupant, who suffered serious injuries and is now hospitalized.
Sheetal Arora, the complainant and an occupant of the XUV, has also alleged that the Fortuner driver – Rajinder Singh – was in an inebriated condition. However. police have not confirmed the same. The local police have booked the driver of the Fortuner on charges of culpable homicide.
Both vehicles have suffered extensive damage due to the collision, and this can be seen in the pictures.
Tyre bursts are common in India mainly due to negligence on part of the driver. With temperatures rising in the Northern part of the country, taking good care of tyres is important. Here are few things that you should know about tyre bursts.
Common causes of tyre bursting:
- The condition of the tyre is one the primary causes of tyre bursts. Always keep an eye on the tread of the tyre and change if the tread depth goes below 1.5 mm.
- Low air pressure can increase the problem. As there is less air to dissipate heat, the tyre overheats quickly. Low pressure can also cause more flexing than normal and cause the tyre to heat. The area of contact also increases if the tyre is inflated poorly, thus causing it to overheat.
- Overspending can be dangerous. Continuous overspeeding heats up the tyre, and it can burst due to excessive heat.
- Overloading also causes tyre bursts. Putting undue pressure on the tyres can cause them to blow out.
- Driving continuously over a long distance in a hot climate can cause tyre bursts. Always take sufficient breaks to cool down the tyre.
What to do when the tyre burst happens?
- If the inevitable happens, do not panic. Never slam the brakes else the car will lose control.
- Try gentle inputs to the steering and the brakes to to make the car go in a straight line.
- Accelerating the car gently after the tyre burst can keep it in a straight line. After this, you can try to bring the vehicle to stop slowly.