Can I drive my car with a punctured tyre?

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If you’ve ever experienced getting a flat tyre in the middle of a journey, you’ve probably asked yourself ‘Can I still drive with a punctured tyre?’.

According to the Highway Code, if you have a flat tyre, you have to stop as soon as it is safe to do so. Only change the tyre if you can do so without putting yourself or others at risk – otherwise call a breakdown service.

In this blog, we’re breaking down how do spot a puncture in your tyre and the main causes that lead to a flat tyre.

How do I know I have a punctured tyre?

While slow punctures are not always noticed very easily, there are several signs to look out for to spot if you have a punctured tyre, such as:

  • Steering might become difficult
  • The car may feel shuddery when driving
  • The car is difficult to steer or it pulls towards a certain direction

What are the main causes of a tyre puncture?

Whether you’re driving a vehicle or a motorcycle, a flat or punctured tyre can put your life in jeopardy and lead to further damage, if not spotted at the right time. Amongst the most common reasons, a tyre puncture can be caused by a sharp object, bad road conditions or high temperatures which can lead to the air in your tyre to extend during the summer months.

Can my tyre be repaired?

If you’re wondering if you’re tyre can be repaired, the answer is most likely yes. We can repair a tyre puncture if:

  • The puncture is within the central three-quarters of the tyre.
  • It has not been previously repaired.
  • The tyre’s tread depth is over the legal minimum of 1.6mm.
  • There is no further damage to the tyre and the rubber has not aged or deteriorated.

Most tyre punctures can be easily repaired however in some instances, a replacement tyre may be needed. We can supply and fit a new tyre if you would like us to and can quote at the time of booking. If your puncture adheres to any of the above points, we can repair it with our mobile service for £44.99.

How can I prevent a flat tyre?

To prevent a flat tyre and keep yourself safe when driving, you should take good care of your car and have your tyres regularly checked by professionals. In addition, you should avoid hazards, especially around construction areas where roads are most likely to have potholes, nails or sharp metals that can affect your car’s tyres.

Checking that you have the correct tyre pressure for your car is another vital element that can keep you safe on the road and ensure you can prevent any unfortunate incidents, such as a flat tyre. An under-inflated tyre will make your car use more fuel and the tyres to wear out more quickly, hence why having the correct tyre pressure can increase your safety and have lower fuel bills.

 It is recommended to check your tyre pressures at least once a month using a reliable pressure gauge.

Get in touch with us today

At Prestige Wheels, your safety on the road is our priority. Head to our homepage to book in your repair today, or for any queries simply fill out our contact form or give us a call and one of our expert technicians will be able to assist.