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An Inclusive Guide about Tyre Punctures that every Drivers should know

Punctures are a menace to car drivers. It is something that every driver goes through and cannot avoid forever. A tyre puncture is possibly dangerous and inconvenient, not to mention a frustrating addition to your car maintenance bill. So what should a driver do to avert these circumstances?

A car tyre puncture can cause numerous factors. Vehicle drivers are well aware of all the necessary precautions, yet they will experience one. If you do not have any idea about punctures on the car tyres, the process of fixing them, advice on slow punctures, etc.

Steps to remember when you have a punctured tire while driving

It is perilous if a tyre blows out while the vehicle is moving, especially when you are driving at a high speed on the highway.

Punctures can happen when you least expect them, so it is best to stay prepared. The procedures below will show you what to do if you develop a puncture while driving.

  • Ease off at the accelerator: It is vital to slow down your vehicle when you have a puncture. You may hit the brakes first, but with skids it is dangerous. You need to ease off the accelerator and the car will slow down because puncture may have impaired the handling. Keep both hands firmly on the wheel. Turn on the warning lights to let others know there is a problem.
  • Look for a place to stop: Once you have slowed down. Find a spot to pull over on the side. You should do this as soon as possible, or you run into the risk of damaging the tyre permanently and losing control.
  • Everyone inside the car is safe: Apply the handbrake, turn off the ignition, and exit the vehicle through the passenger door with the hazard lights on. All passengers should relocate away from the road, ideally behind a barrier.
  • Evaluate the damage: You can assess the damage that happened to the car if it is safe to do so. Unless you spot a significant injury that is caused by a blowout, you need to fit a spare wheel or call a mechanic.

How to Fix a Tyre Puncture if it is Repairable

Here is information about when you can or cannot repair a car tyre.

  • When a tyre is repairable: Many tyre punctures are repairable. You need to check the inside of the tyre if there is any damage (such as removing any foreign objects, checking holes, etc.) before applying a patch to the hole. By making the tyre airtight and supporting its internal structure.

    Your car tyres are repairable when the puncture is in the main thread of the tyre, the hole is less than 5mm in diameter, and there is no other damage to the tyre which affects its safety or performance.

  • When the tyre needs replacement
  • Most of the time, you need to replace the car tyre instead of repairing it. It is better to get tyre puncture services if:

  1. 1. The puncture has damaged the inside of the tyre.
  2. 2. When the puncture is over 5mm in the tyre.
  3. 3. The tyre does not meet any legal safety limitations, because it is too worn or has many punctures and got repaired previously.
  4. 4. Damage to the car tyre due to a blowout.

What are Slow Puncture and how to tell if you have one?

Slow punctures usually occur when an object (such as a nail) becomes lodged in the tyre and refuses to come out, causing air to leak out slowly.

Slow punctures need to be repaired because if they are not, they can lead to punctures, blowouts, and damage inside of the tyre. At first, you need to diagnose a slow puncture to determine the source of the problem.

Here are signs of a slow puncture that include:

  1. 1. Noise or vibration.
  2. 2. The steering wheel that is slow or stiff
  3. 3. Changes in the handling of cars

Every day, check the pressure to detect a gradual puncture and pinpoint the offending tyre. The next day, fill all four tyres to the recommended PSI and inspect them.

A slow puncture can be repaired in the same way as a typical puncture. The mechanic will inspect the damage and determine whether it is repairable before removing the object, filling the hole, and ideally getting you back on the road without any replacement.

In Conclusion

Inspect your car’s tyres every day for condition and tyre pressure regularly. Ignoring punctured tyres is as dangerous as driving on a partially inflated tyre, which can cause an imbalance in your car’s road-holding and braking performance. It goes the same while traveling on a tyre that has a slow puncture. It can easily damage the tyre and necessitate a replacement rather than a repair.

Are you looking for a car tyre puncture service? Then you are at the right stop. Swift Tyre Specialist is a car repair shop in Singapore that provides car-related services such as car battery replacement, car tyre replacement, wheel balancing, wheel alignment, etc. Contact us to book an appointment.

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