2005 Commercial Driver’s License Manual use it, your chances of having a serious crash maybe much greater. If no escape ramp is available, take the least hazardous escape route you can--such as an open field or aside road that flattens out or turns uphill. Make the move as soon as you know your brakes don't work. The longer you wait, the faster the vehicle will go, and the harder it will be to stop. 2.17.4 – Tire Failure Recognize Tire Failure. Quickly knowing you have a tire failure will let you have more time to react. Having just a few extra seconds to remember what it is you're supposed to do can help you. The major signs of tire failure are Sound. The loud "bang" of a blowout is an easily recognized sign. Because it can take a few seconds for your vehicle to react, you might think it was some other vehicle. But anytime you hear a tire blow, you'd be safest to assume it is yours. Vibration. If the vehicle thumps or vibrates heavily, it maybe a sign that one of the tires has gone flat. With a rear tire, that maybe the only sign you get. Feel. If the steering feels "heavy" it is probably a sign that one of the front tires has failed. Sometimes, failure of a rear tire will cause the vehicle to slide back and forth or "fishtail" However, dual rear tires usually prevent this.