How to Deal With a Puncture
Driving a vehicle with a flat Tyre can be dangerous as it is possible to lose control of the car which could cause an accident putting you and others around you in danger. This will cause the wheel rim to have contact with the road which will cause further damage.
What Causes a puncture?
There are two types of puncture which are slow and rapid and they are caused by different things. The sharper the object that penetrates the rubber the quicker the deflation will be.
A fault with the valve could also let the air out of the Tyre causing a slow puncture. The age of the Tyre can also be a factor as it is more likely to be worn.
It is documented that most punctures happen in the rear Tyres (around 80%) because the front wheel will flick any debris backwards toward the rear wheel and this causes the actual damage.
If this happens to you while driving you should aim to slow down as quickly and safely as possible and pull over to the side of the road. This will prevent further damage to the wheel and rubber.
Some debris that will cause a puncture are:
You should not attempt to deal with a puncture yourself on the side of the road as it is dangerous. It is recommended that you call a professional company to help you and deal with the problem in a safe manner.
The team at Tyreserv can assist you if you suddenly have a puncture while on your journey to help you get you back on your way. You can give a us a call on 01708 208 860 to arrange for one of our team to visit you wherever you are.
Checking your car tyres regularly can help avert a major incident or accident. It is always dangerous driving on over inflated car tyrres, under inflated car tyres, aged tyres whose grooves are worn out, and so on so forth. It may be too late for you to notice these and regrettable as it is to say this, you may learn the hard way. This is why you should always check the condition and fitness of your car tyres, as constantly as you can. It takes you just a few minutes to go over the car and check all tyres. The more often, the better.
The frequency with which you should check your car tyres is dependent upon the below factors;
Your driving patterns; your driving patterns are a factor in terms of how often you should check your tyres. People who drive long distances, in off road conditions; such cars tend to have their tyres worn out faster. On the contrary, if all you do is drive to the office or supermarket to get your groceries, and then back home, then clearly, your tyres are likely to serve you longer.
The condition of the tyres; new car tyres automatically require lesser checking, compared to older ones. If your car tyres are less than 4 months old, then you have little reason to worry. Good tyres will serve you for up to a year or more without any signs of trouble. However, if your car tyres are slightly aged and prone to problems, then you have every reason to constantly check them.
The driving experience; as a driver, you don’t just drive the car to your destination. You are also on the lookout for any mechanical or otherwise problems in the car, and find a solution promptly. Poorly inflated tyres can be noticed when you’re driving, you’ll the abnormal drag. Similarly, over inflated tyres can be dangerous when speeding or braking; you can also feel something is not right when driving on over inflated tyres. The moment you notice or feel any of these signs, then clearly, you should stop, and check all your car tyres to ensure their condition is right.
Depending on the above factors, you’ll decide how often you should check your car tyres. Sometimes, this could mean checking them after arriving to your destination, each morning, weekly, or even monthly.
As the only point of contact between the driver and his or her car, tyres play such a big role. It is very important that your car tyres are well maintained at all times. One of the most common problems that affect tyres is under inflation. This is where the tyre’s pressure is below the recommended standards. This could be as a result of a slow puncture, or a sudden one. Usually, not all under inflated tyres are easily noticeable. This is to say that under inflation varies in the levels, and while most are easy to observe, others are subtle and harder to notice. Whatever the case, driving on under inflated tyres can be dangerous.
Driving on underinflated tyres often means that the car consumes more fuel than it would. This is because in serious instances, the tyres can be so under inflated that the car’s speed is greatly reduced. This drag makes the engine strain, which means more fuel consumption. When you try pressing the accelerator but the speed doesn’t improve much, then you’re probably going to damage the entire engine.
Underinflated tyres also damage the car’s rims. This is because the rims are not made to come into contact with the tarmac or road surface; the more under inflated a car tyre is, the more strain it’s exerting on the rim.
An under inflated tyre leads to instability on the entire car. This can be especially dangerous when the car is over speeding or negotiating a bend. Since all the weight from the car tends to rest on the under inflated tyre, the car becomes so unstable that even a slight bump on the road may make it tilt over.
Lastly, driving on under inflated tyres isn’t enjoyable! The ride becomes bumpy as tyres also act as a form of shock absorber. Correctly inflated tyres absorb some of the shock from driving over a pothole, in an off-road, etc. Thus if you’re driving from London to a destination that’s 10 Kms away on underinflated tyres, you’re unlikely to enjoy your journey much!
The best way to deal with underinflated tyres isn’t just by inflating them correctly; rather, it is by first identifying the root cause of the loss of pressure. It could be a slow puncture that may inconvenience you when you least expect it. Most car tyre maintenance centers are able to diagnose loss of pressure on your tyres in a matter of minutes.
There are numerous brands of tyre’s available on the market and there are different opinon’s by different motorists on which is best.
As with most things the more that you pay the better quality of the product and when it comes to tyre’s, you will get a better performance and long life.
Lesser quality tyres will wear out quicker and will be less safe on the road, so it makes sense to invest in a quality product.
Here are 3 Brands that are very popular and have a long history of quality.
Dunlop is a very famous tyre brand and is American. It has a full range of affordable quality products with van and lorry tyres available to suit all budgets.
This company was also formed in America and is well known world wide and is over one hundred years old. They was the first tyre firm to produce tubeless tyres and is know for being affordable with first class products.
Pirelli is famous in the motor racing world and is a very well know brand for normal cars also. They are considered the more expensive option of the three examples here but the quality of the tyre justifies the extra cost.
Your Tyre Pressure
It is important for a number of reasons that you keep an eye on the pressure of your Tyres as they need to be at the right pressure and it is a legal requirement.
The Cause of Accidents.
If you have soft Tyres that are not inflated correctly then you run the risk of causing an accident. You will run the risk of a blowout which may cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
Markings on the Tyre Sidewall
These give you more information on the dimensions of the Tyre. It will state the height, width, speed rate and the load that it can carry.
Depth of the Tyre Tread
You should have the minimum of 1.6 millimetres of tread and if this is not the case you will need replacements as soon as possible. There is a simple way of checking this and you can use a 20p coin. Place the coin into the tread and if you can see the band around the edge then replace.
Tyre Dot Codes
This is found printed on the circumference of the Tyre and consists of a 4-digit code number which state when the Tyre was built. This is split into 2 parts as the first 2 are the week number and the second 2 are the year. For example, if the number was DOT 2416, the Tyre was made in the 24th week of 2016.