What to do if you get a tyre puncture

Posted by: Cal on 3/04/2014

Category: Tyre Information

A punctured tyre is one of the most irritating inconveniences for Australian drivers, particularly if you have just invested in a brand new set for your car!

Unfortunately, you might not be able to reduce the risk of getting a tyre puncture from nasty sharp objects such as nails, but there are other ways that you can minimise your risk of your car tyres being ruined by holes.

Furthermore, there are actions you can take if you do happen to get a puncture - here's what you can do:

Maintain the correct tyre pressure

According to Castrol Australia, tyres that are not kept at the correct tyre pressure are more at risk of punctures. Both under inflated and over inflated tyres are more prone to punctures, so consult your vehicle manual or handbook to determine your car's recommended tyre pressure - and stick to it!

Avoid rough terrain

The sealed roads of Australia are designed for optimum compatibility with tyres, so you're not likely to encounter many puncture problems on the suburban streets. However, driving on loose seal, gravel roads or other areas where sharp objects may lie could increase the odds of driving over an object that may puncture your wheels. If you can, keep away from areas such as this and stick to the main roads.

Change it

If you get a puncture while you're on the road, you may need to fit your spare in order to get driving again. Always keep a correctly inflated spare tyre in the boot, as well as a jack, adjustable wrench and torch. Make sure you replace your tyre as soon as possible following the puncture. Remember, you will need to visit a tyre store to pick up a replacement spare.

Runflat tyres

These tyres are designed to be able to be driven in the event of a puncture, however they are only a temporary fix and should only be used to drive your car to a quality tyre fitter to pick up a replacement tyre. Castrol Australia states these tyres can only be driven at speeds of up to 80 km per hour. These are advertised as being an easy alternative to keeping a spare tyre in the boot, but it's a safer option to simply use traditional passenger tyres over runflats.

Sealants

There are a variety of tyre sealants on the Aussie market, designed as a quick fix in the event of a puncture. They'll seal the puncture up and allow you to drive, however this is no replacement for a new tyre or fitting your car with the spare tyre. These products are not entirely reliable over time, so it's important to book in for a replacement as soon as possible. 

Replace it

The bottom line remains that if one of your car tyres suffers a puncture, you'll need to replace it. Head to a Tyreright store near you, where you can get assistance choosing and fitting the right replacement tyre to your car.

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