Driving on a Flat TireDriving on a Flat Tire

Drive on a flat tire a short distance to get to a safe location away from traffic.

  • Activate hazard lights to warn other drivers about your situation

  • Drive cautiously maintaining a slow speed, avoiding sudden movements or sharp turns

  • keep speed below 20 mph to minimize stress on the flat tire

Otherwise, driving on a flat tire is not recommended because it causes further damage to your wheel and your car. Additionally, it changes the way your car drives, which jeopardizes your safety and that of other drivers.

Risk of Further Damage:

  • Lack of proper inflation puts excessive stress on the tire's sidewalls and can result in irreversible damage. Continued driving can also lead to damage to the wheel rim, suspension components, and other parts of your vehicle.

  • Driving on a flat tire generates excessive heat due to increased friction between the tire and the road surface. This heat buildup can cause the tire to fail catastrophically, leading to a blowout.

Saftey Issue:

  • A vehicle with a flat tire experiences compromised handling and control. Steering becomes more difficult, and the vehicle may pull to one side. This can increase the risk of accidents, especially in emergency situations.