When a tire loses a significant amount of its air pressure it goes flat and shouldn’t be driven on. Some people think, “Well, I’ll just try limping along to the nearest gas station, garage, or service center,” but that’s not smart. Here’s why: driving on a flat tire typically causes internal structural damage to the tire, which then can lead to both wheel and vehicle damage. Because the flat tire makes the whole vehicle “out of whack,” it’s not easy to handle or control, and could lead to an accident. In some cases, driving on a flat tire could end up killing people. Seriously.
Think of it this way: you wouldn’t want to run your engine without oil or coolant, right? The same goes for tires– you wouldn’t want to run them without air.
In some cases, a tire is punctured. This involves a nail or screw. It’s typically a small problem. Ideally, a tire plug can fix it. However, if the tire gets driven on despite its puncture, sidewalls can rupture and the little puncture can turn into a big puncture or a blow-out.
Suffice it to say, if you get a puncture or a flat, pull over to the side of the road and either change the tire yourself (utilizing the spare tire) or call for assistance. If you drive on a flat, you risk damaging not only the tire/wheel, but also the brake lines, rotors, calipers, suspension and fenders. It’s just not worth it!
If you have a flat in the New York City/Long Island region, call Rite Way at 646-610-9666 or 718-392-8070 for help.