Why You Should Never Drive on a Flat Tire

February 6th, 2023 by

Car with Flat Tire

Flat tires are surprisingly common, occurring every seven seconds on average. If you suffer one of the 220 million flats per year, you should know that driving on a flat puts your vehicle in danger of further harm, up to and including an accident. Knowing what to do about a flat tire can prevent you from paying for collision repairs

Causes

The most obvious cause of a flat tire is a puncture from road debris like rocks, metal, or glass. The chance of this kind of damage occurring increases around construction sites and rocky roads. Low tire pressure can also cause a flat tire because it inhibits its ability to grip the road surface.

Preserving Your Tire’s Condition

If your tire goes flat while driving, you should pull over to the side of the road as soon as you can find a safe place to inspect the damage. If you install a donut spare or your vehicle has run-flat tires, remember that they’re not meant for long-term driving; you shouldn’t go more than 50 miles on them.

Dangers of Driving on a Flat Tire

Driving a flat tire causes a weight imbalance that will harm systems like the alignment and suspension. Without the fourth tire, your car’s handling also deteriorates to a point where the vehicle is hard to drive, potentially leading to an accident in response to even small changes in speed or road conditions.

Preventative Tire Maintenance

Rotating your tires every six months, or between every 5,000 and 10,000 miles, ensures even distribution of wear and tear, decreasing the likelihood of a vulnerable area developing. A good rule of thumb is to get tire rotations with each oil change, so you don’t forget. Checking your tires’ pressure every month – including the spare tire – and comparing it to your car’s recommended tire pressure range will alert you when to change them.

Fix Your Tires Today

Sunroad Collision Center is committed to helping anyone who needs us. However, we would just as soon see you stay safe, so you don’t need collision repair. To that end, ensure your tires and car’s other systems are in perfect working order.

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