We’ve all seen our own tire or the tire of another car looking more droopy than a round object should. Knowing what to do in these situations can be very important to your own safety and the safety of others. Here are a few guidelines to follow.
The risks of driving on a flat
Driving on a flat tire can lead to a costly repair or a dangerous accident and should be avoided at all costs. The lack of air can cause the weight of the vehicle to be imbalanced, you’ll likely notice this as the car pulls toward the direction of the flat tire.
If you continue to drive, the internal structure of the tire can be damaged, meaning your tire may not hang on to the wheel like it’s supposed to. This can completely rob a driver of control of the vehicle, ultimately leading to a crash.
When your tire is flat
If you notice or are alerted that your tire pressure is low, it’s safe to drive to the nearest gas station to fill your tire with air. After that, it’s important to keep an eye on your tire. If the pressure soon becomes low again, you may need to take it in for a patch job. Depending on the type of leak in your tire, you may be able to get it patched up, instead of having to buy two or four new ones.
If you hit a pothole, drove over glass or a nail or otherwise caused significant damage to your tire while driving, you may get a flat tire while on the road. If this happens, you may be able to pull over into the shoulder, turn on your hazards and proceed slowly to the nearest tire shop. However, in most cases, it’s wise to pull off of the road and tow your car to the nearest tire shop.
When another driver’s tire is flat
Unfortunately, there is no common signal drivers use to alert one another of a flat tire. Using your horn or flashing your lights at a driver who has a flat tire is more likely to confuse them.
All you can do in these situations is to avoid the potential danger by separating yourself from the at-risk driver. Passing the car or pulling off to take an alternative route are two ways to do this.
If you are involved in a car wreck due to someone else’s flat tire, this negligence may make the other party liable for any damages and injuries you received. To learn more about your options after a crash, contact George B. Ready to discuss the events of the accident and your options for compensation.