There are many potential dangers of driving with a deflated pneumatic tire, or more known colloquially as a ‘flat tire’. Caused most commonly by something sharp puncturing one of the tires, the air leaves causing it to deflate. However, it is just not this that can cause damage, other causes can include the rubbing of the tire on the road – as that natural friction can develop a ripping and gradually over time this causes a tear. Vandalism can also be the cause but overall there are a numerous amount of things that make this dangerous for fellow drivers.
Firstly, it goes unsaid – driving at high speeds is particularly hazardous. The general functionality and control of the vehicle decreases with the damage of a flat tire to a car. 10% of motor breakdowns count for this, this is positive as many people have the facilities and the ability to replace them themselves. This option means that there are more cost-effective ways of replacing them and saving yourself from dangerous situations instead of footing expensive bills from overcharging garages. There are many ways in which a tire can be repaired; methods include the use of a path or plug, or a tire that can repair itself (you read correctly). There are such things as self-sealing tires, although they are a recent introduction into the motor vehicle industry, meaning they can only work on punctures to a certain magnitude.
Motorists with flat tires are faced with numerous hazards. Most commonly is passing tragic, particularly if the tire is on the side closest to the road. This is because if they are moving towards the left side of the road to replace their tire, the vehicle may be in the way of passing cars meaning that drivers who are not especially attentive to what they’re doing may hit the car unavoidably.
If you’re not convinced that changing your own car may not be hazardous, however, it is safe to assume that is wrong, as this YouTube video suggests:
Always remember to never pull a tire directly next to the edge of a bridge, never to do anything that these short films show, basically.
Prevention is cure, as wisdom tells us. To avoid the dangers of a flat tire, simply avoid situations that are favourable to puncturing your tires. Avoid places like construction sites (if your vehicle is not built to cope with this type of land) or areas with rough surfaces or filled with debris, amongst other types.
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