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How Long Can You Drive on a Flat Tire?

We’ve all been there: getting a flat tire is a quick way to ruin your Aurora commute, and to make matters worse, driving on a flat can cause damage to your wheels. How long can you drive on a flat tire? Experts recommend you don’t at all, but there are a few things you can do if you find yourself flapping rubber.

Why You Shouldn’t Drive on a Flat Tire

While it might seem like driving on a flat isn’t a big deal, it can cause lasting damage to your tire and wheel. Tires are designed to protect the wheel, and without enough air to cushion, the rim can scrap against the pavement, bending and altering its shape which results in costly repairs. The more the tire continues to break down, the more likely other components will see damage, including your brake lines, suspension, rotors, and more.

Most importantly, when driving on a flat tire, you will lose significant control of your vehicle, which puts both you and others on the Oswego streets in danger. Safety is key in these situations, so it’s always best to take proper action.

What to Do for a Flat Tire

Once you’ve discovered your tire is flat, you have a few options:

  • If your tire is flat due to a slow leak (rather than a gash or hole) you can try refilling the air with an emergency inflator kit. This will give your tires enough support to drive to the closest Naperville service center.
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  • If you have a spare tire, knowing how to change a flat tire will come in good use. Once you have the spare in place, you can safely drive to buy a new tire.
  • If neither of the above apply to you, calling a tow truck is your safest bet.

More Tire Care Advice

When you experience a flat tire or any other automotive ailment, schedule service with the certified technicians at Gerald Kia of Naperville. That’s why we can help you follow your Kia Optima maintenance scheduleWe’re here to ensure your new or used vehicle performs at its absolute best, and we have an extensive selection of parts and accessories to get you back on the Plainfield roads in no time.

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