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Subaru Outback (BR): Braking when a tire is punctured

Do not depress the brake pedal suddenly when a tire is punctured. This could cause a loss of control of the vehicle. Keep driving straight ahead while gradually reducing speed. Then slowly pull off the road to a safe place.

When a tire is punctured, braking can become a challenging task with potential risks that drivers need to understand for maintaining control and safety on the road. One of the primary concerns is the loss of traction that occurs when a tire is punctured, especially if the puncture is sudden and significant. This loss of traction can significantly impact the Subaru Outback (BR) ability to decelerate effectively when the brakes are applied.

Braking Subaru Outback (BR) when a tire is punctured

Additionally, braking with a punctured tire can lead to asymmetric braking, particularly if only one tire loses pressure while the others remain intact. This can cause the vehicle to pull to one side during braking, affecting stability and overall control. Furthermore, the increased stopping distance is another factor to consider, as the reduced grip and traction on the punctured tire can prolong the time it takes for the vehicle to come to a complete stop.

Moreover, there is a risk of tire failure or blowout when braking with a punctured tire, as the added stress on the tire can lead to further damage. To handle braking safely in such situations, drivers should maintain composure, apply the brakes gradually and smoothly, and try to keep the vehicle moving in a straight line to minimize the effects of asymmetric braking.

It's also advisable to activate hazard lights to alert other drivers and pull over to a safe location as soon as possible. Once stopped, drivers should inspect the punctured tire for damage and assess whether it needs replacement or repair before continuing their journey. Driving on a punctured tire for an extended period or at high speeds should be avoided to prevent further damage and ensure overall safety on the road.

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