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Tyre Puncture; Helpful Tips Every Driver Should Know

Nwogbunyama Emeka

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Your car tyres remain a very vital part of your car that is supposed to be in good condition at all times. Your tyre is meant to provide a safe grip with the ground in all situations to ensure good driveability of your car. Tyre puncture is something that can happen to anybody at any time.

After you must have finished reading this write-up, you’ll get to know certain things about tyre puncture and how to handle them.
Tyre puncture varies; some are mild while some are very serious. How to  go about the puncture depends on the degree of the puncture.

Before we forge ahead, let’s take a look at some things that can cause tyre puncture.





 

Some causes of tyre puncture:

Apart from nails, there are several other objects that can give you trouble. These include:

  • Screws/bolts. Just like nails, screws and bolts could also end up being on the road for some reason and they could be anywhere.
  • Sharp rocks. It is likely that you’ll come across sharp rocks when driving off road. Make sure to use tyres that can withstand harsh terrains and off road conditions.
  • Broken glass. Shards can be found in construction areas which should be avoided as much as possible.
  • Construction debris. This may come in various forms such as metal sheets, steel components or pieces of wood. All these have the potential to puncture and damage tyres to a certain degree.

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Signs of tyre puncture:

You may not notice it at first, but there are certain ways to tell if your tyres have been punctured or not. Here are some of them:

  • When the wheel shudders or when you feel wobbly when driving the car.
  • If you find it difficult to steer the car (usually the result of slow puncture where the tyre slowly deflates)
  • If the car steers to the left or right as if being pulled towards that direction (medium tyre deflation)
  • If the car suddenly swerves to the left or right (happens during a blowout, when the tyre suddenly bursts due to severe puncture or damage).

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What to do when you discover a puncture:

A good driver should always be prepared for anything that might happen on the road. You should always have a spare tyre so you can change the punctured one and be back on the road immediately.
However, the punctured tyre must be repaired or replaced especially if your spare is donot tyre which has certain limitations.
If you don’t have a spare or if the tyre.

Please, if the tyre is badly damaged, don’t drive any further, as you’ll only make things worse.









Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.

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