How far can I drive on a flat tyre?

January 8, 2016

That’s a trick question. The fact of the matter is that you should never attempt to drive very far with a flat tyre.

A flat tyre can be caused by many different factors such as a defect, improper air pressure, a puncture, or overuse. As for a puncture, it is much more difficult to prevent and can happen on a seemingly clear stretch of roadway. When you happen to get a punctured tyre, the wisest thing you can do is to minimize the amount of time spent driving on it. If you need help changing a tyre, be sure to call roadside assistance before trying your hand at it if it’s your first time.

The Goodyear experts says

“Maintaining proper air pressure is an important factor in tire safety and performance. If a driver experiences a flat tire or loss of air pressure, they should slow the vehicle gradually and carefully pull off to the side of the road as soon as possible. Driving on a flat tire can cause internal structural damage to the tire, may lead to wheel and vehicle damage and may result in poor vehicle handling and control — which could lead to an accident, injury or death.”

There may not be a need for a new tyre

A lot of flats occur because the tyre gets punctured, which is caused by small, sharp items, like nails and screws. Tyre’s are expensive, but thankfully there is the cheaper option  of fixing a punctured tyre with a tyre plug. However,  if a tyre is driven on after the initial deflation occurs, more damage can occur to the tyre, as the sidewalls can rupture and the initial puncture can expand. Don’t be be duped into thinking that the repair of the tyre puncture in the sidewall or shoulder areas are not allowed. The repair of larger tread punctures, long straight cuts and irregular gashes are not permitted.

Save your tyre and your life

Regularly check the coolant reservoir level when you do long distance trips.Check for wet or white staining on coolant hoses.Check the fan by running the car to normal temperature and allowing the engine to idle for five to 10 minutes – the cooling fan will automatically cut out.


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