How Far Can You Drive On a Flat Tire?

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You’re driving down the interstate and your tire pressure monitor light comes on. You notice the tire pressure slowly dropping. 25psi, 20, 15. Your heart quickens and your eyes dart to the side of the road. The shoulder is narrow, and doesn’t feel like the safest place to be. The sign says the next rest stop is 10 miles. What do you do? Keep going and chance damaging your tire and maybe more? Or, should you pull over to the shoulder and call the tow service?

How far is too far?

To be safe, driving on a flat tire at all is too far. If your tire has lost all air pressure, it not only will damage the tire beyond the possibility of repair, but can put you in harm’s way. A flat tire doesn’t have the same traction or control as it does when it is inflated, and can cause you to lose control and get into an accident.

If your tire still has some air, or if you have a way of inflating a tire with a slow leak, it may be safe to take it to the tire repair shop. If you choose to drive it to the shop, stop every mile or so to check the tire’s pressure. If it has become totally flat, don’t drive any further; call a tow service to bring you the rest of the way.

What happens to my tire if I drive on it flat?

When you drive on a flat tire, the rim puts extreme pressure on the tire, pinching it between the rim and the road. It shreds the inside lining of the tire, eliminating the possibility of repairing the tire. Only drive on a flat tire to get yourself out of harm’s way, like driving on a roadway without a shoulder.


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Charles

3 years of experience
17 reviews
Charles
3 years of experience
Nissan Sentra - Spare Tire Installation - Nashville, Tennessee
Charles thought he was coming to install a spare tire, but the problem was a flat tire on one or our fleet cars (that option is not listed on the website). Charles was prompt, polite and courteous and had the repaired tire back on the car within a couple of hours. We will definitely be using Charles again for any other mechanical problems we may encounter with our fleet cars.

Bryant

11 years of experience
347 reviews
Bryant
11 years of experience
Toyota RAV4 - Spare Tire Installation - Indianapolis, Indiana
Bryant explained each step in the repair process. He answered All my questions and educated me on certain driving and maintenance procedures that will extend my car maintenance schedule.

Andrew

11 years of experience
29 reviews
Andrew
11 years of experience
Ford Fusion - Spare Tire Installation - Fort Myers, Florida
Excellent service! Went above and beyond quickly performing the required maintenance. Provided good insight on what additional work need to be done and what could reasonably wait. Very personable would recommended for your maintenance needs.

Jacob

11 years of experience
50 reviews
Jacob
11 years of experience
Honda Odyssey - Spare Tire Installation - Irving, Texas
Put on spare tire on my minivan. My jack sold with the minivan not strong enough. Show up about 30 minutes later than scheduled not due to his fault. Get the job done quick, fast and professional.

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