Your Guide to Tyre Punctures
You’ve got a punctured tyre, now what?
No one wants one, but it’s a reality that at some stage, you are likely to experience a punctured tyre. Have you ever had a flat tyre? Would you know what to do? Find out with BestDrive.
Can you drive on a flat tyre?
In short, no, you should never knowingly drive on a flat tyre.
However, it may be necessary to travel a very short distance on a flat tyre to pull safely over to the side of the road. Driving on a flat tyre poses a significant safety risk and will cause serious damage to your vehicle.
Driving on a flat tyre not only decreases vehicle handling capabilities, it can also cause significant damage to your vehicle’s:
- Steering system
The only exception to this is if your vehicle is fitted with run flat tyres.
If you have a flat tyre, a blowout, or your TPMS light has come on, ensure that you pull over in a safe area, with your hazard lights on. If you must leave your vehicle, never turn your back to oncoming traffic.
Can you prevent a flat tyre?
Whilst there is no guaranteed way to avoid a punctured tyre, there are some things that you can do to potentially minimise the risk of a flat tyre. These include:
- Maintaining correct tyre pressures
- Avoiding debris on the road, as best as you can without swerving dangerously
- Avoid potholes, and if you’re going to hit an unavoidable pothole, don’t hit the brakes hard
- When parking, avoid rubbing against the curb
- Visually inspect your tyres, when you clean your car for example, look for stuck objects
Maintaining Recommended Tyre Pressures
We recommend that you check your tyre pressures once a month, and adjust them as necessary. When doing this, remember to also check your spare tyre if you have one. Having a well maintained spare tyre is essential in a flat tyre emergency.
Correctly inflated tyres assist in prolonging tyre life and enhances their on-road safety and performance.
You can locate the recommended pressures in your vehicle manual or on the vehicle placard. Make sure your tyres are cold before reading pressures - your tyres are considered cold when the vehicle has been parked for no less than 3 hours.
If you need to adjust any pressures, you can do so with an air compressor. Make sure that you check the pressures again once you have adjusted them. Don’t be concerned if you have overinflated a tyre as you can always let some air back out until the correct pressure is achieved.
Regular Inspections and Tyre Rotations
Through regular visual inspections of your tyres, you may identify evidence of cracks, bulges, gouges or a puncture. When unnoticed, these may cause a slow leak, or even cause a blowout, which you want to avoid at all costs. The sooner these issues are identified the sooner you can address the concern at your local BestDrive store.
Adhering to your manufacturer’s recommended tyre rotation schedule will also enhance the safety of your tyres by ensuring that tyre wear is even and maximises tread life. Typically manufacturers will recommend that you have a tyre rotation every 10,000 kilometres or every 6 months, whichever comes first.
Know Your Tyre’s Load Rating
Did you know that your tyres have a maximum load that they can safely carry whilst operating at maximum speed? You can identify the load rating of your tyres by a two or three-digit number ranging from 0 to 279 on the tyre placard.
Surpassing the load rating of your tyres puts you at risk of accidents, including tyre blowouts, that are associated with an overloaded tyre.
Be on the Lookout for Road Hazards
Driving to the conditions and maintaining an awareness of possible hazards on the road ahead can assist in preventing unexpected punctures. Where possible, avoid potholes and be mindful of pieces of glass and other sharp objects that may either puncture your tyre or cause cuts or bulges that can lead to a flat tyre later on if left unnoticed or ignored.
Would you Consider Run Flat Tyres?
Run flat tyres are designed differently to a standard radial tyre. When punctured, a run flat tyre can keep your vehicle mobile under normal conditions for up to 80 kilometres at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour. This includes when the run flat tyre is deflated.
The benefit here is that, typically, you can safely travel to a suitable destination to replace the damaged tyre, avoiding the safety concerns associated with changing a tyre on the side of a busy highway.
BestDrive supplies and fits a range of run flat tyres worth your consideration. Find your nearest store, or contact us on 1300 266 844 to find out more and to see if run flat tyres may be a suitable option for your vehicle.
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