In this article by Parker Towing in Colorado we explain what you need to know about flat tires. A flat tire can happen unexpectedly at any time and for any number of reasons. Knowing what to do if it happens to you can be a great benefit and even save you money in the long run.
Don’t Drive on a Flat Tire
First things first, if your tire goes flat do NOT try to continue driving your vehicle. Many people may think that it’s okay to forego a calling for a tow and instead driving slowly to the nearest repair shop, but it’s not a great strategy.
A flat tire doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have to buy a new tire. Often, flats are caused by small punctures from a nail or screw that can inexpensively be repaired without having to fork out the extra cash for a new one. However, if you keep driving on a low-pressure tire, you can end up causing more extensive damage that will require a whole new tire.
The improper pressure on the sidewalls can cause them to rupture and if you keep driving long enough that the tire breaks apart the flailing pieces can cause costly damage to other nearby important parts of the car. For example, brakes, rotors, calipers, or parts of the suspension, can be damaged, putting you in danger of an accident because the car does not respond correctly.
Call a Tow Truck, or Put on your Spare
So, if you can’t drive your car, what should you do? If you have a spare tire available, and the know-how to change it correctly a good option is to change the tire out for your spare. Keep in mind that spare tires are usually not replacement tires and you should only use it to get your vehicle to a tire repair center. Don’t drive your car for an extended period using a spare.
If you don’t have a spare or don’t know how to change it, the other option is to call Parker Towing here in Parker and serving Lone Tree, Aurora, Littleton, Castle Rock, Centennial, Franktown, Elizabeth and Highlands Ranch. Keep our phone number handy and give us a call, we will be happy to help. Our fast, friendly service will get you and your vehicle safely to a reputable tire repair center quickly so you can get back on the road again as soon as possible.
Avoid a Flat
There are a few simple things that you can do to avoid a flat in the first place. Be sure that your tires are properly inflated and are maintaining the correct inflation pressure, have them rotated and inspected regularly, keep them properly aligned and maintain responsible driving habits.
We hope this article has helped you learn what you need to know about flat tires. Following the advice offered here will help you avoid a flat but if you do find yourself in this unfortunate predicament and don’t have a spare tire on hand, then just give us a call here at Parker Towing.