Why You Shouldn’t Drive With A Flat Tire | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

A flat tire typically happens in one of two situations: You walk out to your car and notice your tire(s) sagging. Or you’re driving and you hear a flap and/or grinding sound. You may be tempted to drive to the nearest service station with a flat tire, but don’t do it.

Regardless of what caused the tire to go flat, it’s important to minimize the amount of time spent driving on it.

Why You Shouldn’t Drive With A Flat Tire
Driving a short distance may cause irreparable damage to the overall structure of your car, but here are other reasons why you shouldn’t drive with a flat tire.

  • Sidewalls can rupture, and if your tire was punctured, the initial puncture can grow.
  • Can cause damage to your brake lines, rotors, calipers, suspension components, wheels, and fenders.
  • Flat tire may flail around in the tire well. 
  • Cause internal structural damage to the tire.
  • May lead to wheel and vehicle damage. 
  • May result in poor vehicle handling and control.
  • Could lead to injury, accidents, or death.

Passenger Safety

If you don’t hear your tire going flat, you’re going to feel it. When you have a flat tire and you’re driving, it’ll feel like your vehicle is being pulled to the side of the flat tire, and it’ll feel like you can’t accelerate.

If your braking or suspension components do get damaged, the car may behave unexpectantly, which could put you, your passengers, and other drivers in danger.

So What To Do When You Have A Flat?
First, don’t panic. Second, drive slowly and safely to the side of the road. Call for a tow to the nearest service station, or if it’s safe to do so, put your spare on, then drive to your local service station to get your tire and car inspected.


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