CAN I DRIVE ON A FLAT TIRE ?
Getting a flat tire on the road can be a scary experience, but what you do in the moments after a tire loses pressure is very important. Here’s why you really shouldn’t drive on a flat tire. Although it is rare, some tires do have built-in defects that may be visible as bumps or bulges on the sidewall of the tire. If you ever see these types of abnormalities, do not drive on the tire and have a certified tire mechanic inspect it right away.
If a flat does occur, it best not to panic and best not to drive on it. Safely maneuver to the side of the road and install your spare tire (if one is supplied) or get a tow to a local tire shop. Although this means a minor inconvenience and/or cost in the short term, it’s worth it in the long run. After getting a flat tire you have a good chance that your tire might be repairable. Driving on a flat tire, you will damage the side wall and shred it from inside. If this happens, your tire will become non-repairable and you will have to replace it.
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