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Why you shouldn't drive on a flat tyre

Flat tyres are a part of life and are unavoidable. Anyone who drives or owns a vehicle will have dealt with a flat, or puncture, at some point. This article will help you to avoid feeling clueless about tyres and be prepared to handle the situation when a problem arises.

Remember that when it comes to driving, self-reliance is the best tool you can have, so keep reading to learn more why you shouldn't drive on a flat tyre.

Are you in the market for a great set of tyres? Give us a call at Imperial Tyres for more information.

Why did I get a flat tyre?

Before delving into the do's and don'ts of flat tyres, we must first figure out the potential reasons why a flat tyre can occur.

Here are the most common reasons why a flat tyre happens:

  • Sharp road debris
  • Potholes or other harsh pavement
  • Dry rot or wear and tear

Flat tyres are a nightmare. Tyres may be punctured while on the road, which can be a scary experience or can slowly become flat over time.

If you’re driving and your tyre suddenly gets punctured or becomes flat, it could be tempting to keep driving despite the flat tyre - especially if it’s not long until you reach your destination or there is a service station close by. But unless you have run-flat tyres installed, for safety reasons and to protect your car from further damage, you should not drive with a flat tyre.

A flat tyre will mean your car becomes slow and sluggish and may not steer right, so there’s a higher chance of having an accident. Instead, as soon as you notice the flat tyre, you should pull over to the side of the road as carefully and safely as you can. 

It’s a common misconception that getting a punctured tyre means you need to replace the whole thing. 

If a screw punctures your tyre, it can be easily fixed with help from a tyre plug. However, driving on a punctured tyre can do severe damage to the tyre itself and may make it become damaged beyond repair. Even if your tyre doesn’t look too bad visually, there could be a lot of damage taking place internally if you were to drive with it. 

It’s always better to be safe, so pull over before doing anything else, and you might just avoid having to fork out money for a brand new tyre!

What to do when you get a flat tyre?

Your first thought should not be to brave your way home or to the nearest tyre dealership.  Safety first - make sure you are in a safe place on the side of the road.

After positioning yourself in a safe place, at the side of the road, you need to understand what your car is fitted with when it comes to dealing with a flat tyre.  Do you have a spare?  Or a puncture repair kit? 

Most cars are fitted with a spare tyre which can replace the damaged one - but this relies on your spare having air, being in the vehicle & you having the jacks/wheel nut lock tools available.  

Tyre puncture repair kits are more common in modern cars & have directions on how to use them.  They fill the tyre with a foam substance which gives the tyre enough protection to travel for a short period of time.

Why can't I drive on a flat tyre?

If you decide that you want to push the limits and drive on a flat, you will definitely cause damage to more than one component of your vehicle. 

Here are some of the things that could happen if you decide to keep driving on a flat tyre: 

Shred the existing tyre

Although your tyre is flat, it doesn’t mean that your tyre is completely obliterated. Flat tyres can still be saved, especially if they were punctured cleanly. So be sure to stop driving to preserve the vehicle. 

Extensive wheel damage

When your tyres are flat, your wheel is left without a wall of cushioning that a wheel typically provides. Now your wheels are exposed to potholes, rocks, and cracks that roads have. You might even risk having your wheel bent or cracked when the wheel is exposed to the direct pavement. 

Damage on the wheel studs, brakes, suspension, and fenders 

When your drive on a flat type and it shreds, the internal parts of your vehicle suffer the consequences. 

Risk your life and the lives of your passengers 

Tyres are made to be a protective layer that protects the vehicle from the road. More than that, tyres are meant to be used to control your vehicle altogether. When one of your tyres is compromised, your driving is impeded, and your driving experience is disabled. 

When you do not have control of your vehicle, you put your life and everyone else’s life at risk. 

So what should you do? 

If you are unable to repair or replace your tyre on the roadside, you have a few options: 

If you don’t have a spare, then get your vehicle towed to a tyre shop where your tyre can be repaired or replaced. If you need help with your tyres, then contact us at Imperial Tyres today!

How far can I drive on a flat tyre?

If we haven’t made the point enough already - DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE ON A FLAT TYRE! 

  • Call a vehicle recovery service like AA, RAC or Green Flag
  • Call a friend with a spare tyre which can be used instead

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Imperial offers a vast range of modern tyres, bringing you not only an Imperial name but also genuinely royal handling on the road and budget-friendly prices. This high-class budget tyre brand comes in summer, winter and all-season tyres and is available for passenger cars, SUV’s, 4×4’s and light truck vehicles.

Imperial tyres are produced and certified according to European and international regulations. 

Give us a call today for more information about how you can get high-quality tyres.