What to do with deflated car tires

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What to do when the tires go flat? (Photo Credits)

A flat tire will always be an inconvenience. And sometimes, no matter how careful a car owner is, he or she may still experience having a flat tire, at least once in his driving career.

So what should a driver do as soon as he discovers that his tires are deflated?

The website 4Wheelparts.com said when tires go flat, the driver should prioritize their safety above everything else.

“If you’re on the highway, the safest route is to take the next exit and pull in to a gas station parking lot or off onto a large shoulder. Take into account visibility and weather conditions when choosing a place to pull over. Whether you’re on or off the road, make sure you’re on flat, level ground and apply the parking brake – do not try to jack up your 4×4 on a hill. It’s also a good idea to place a heavy object in front of the front and back tires. Remember, your bright red Chevy may be easy to spot, but you are not, so turn on your hazard lights before exiting the vehicle as a warning to other drivers to be cautious.”

Take a look at the whole write-up here.

Dealing with a flat tire

Auto Guide meanwhile warned motorists to not drive when they have a flat tire. According to their article, trying to drive a car with a flat tire, especially that which has been punctured can do more harm than good for the vehicle. At the same time, it can cause an even bigger hassle for the driver because of the bigger damage that leads to an even larger expense.

“And if a tire degrades enough when being driven while flat, it can start to break apart and cause damage to several important components on a car. Brake lines, rotors, calipers, suspension components, wheels and fenders can get serious damage from a flat tire that begins to flail around in the tire well. What starts off as a simple $30 tire patch can end up costing thousands of dollars if a flat tire is driven on for an extended period of time.”

The original article can be found here.

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Nationwide Mutual Insurance meantime came up with a blog post informing its readers on how to deal with a flat tire, when a motorist does not have any spare tire.

“A tire repair kit can be just what you need to make it to a service stop. Kits often include sealant that can be used to cover small punctures on the tread, as well an air compressor to then inflate your tires. While this is only a temporary fix, it is a cheap option that can save you from being stranded if the culprit is a hole in the tread. A more costly option is to purchase run-flat tires. In the case of a puncture, run-flat tires are able to travel a limited distance at a reduced speed (usually under 50 mph). It can also provide more stability in the case of a tire blowout.”

Read the rest of their advice here.

Knowing what to do in case one’s tire’s go flat is important in keeping everyone safe, and the tires and the rest of the car in good condition.

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