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Is it Safe to Drive With a Nail in My Tire?

The tire is a circular shaped piece of rubber that covers the wheel and enables the vehicle to drive, and enhances the performance of the vehicle. The tire also provides traction and absorbs shock while you are driving down the road. The most common materials that tires are made of include: natural rubber, synthetic rubber, fabric, and wire. Over time, tires pick up rocks, nails, screws, and other things that can potentially cause problems and holes. If you have a nail in your tire, it is time to have a professional look at your vehicle. It may be safe to drive a short distance, but not much more than that.

Here's what you should know if you encounter a nail in your tire:

  • The first thing to do if you notice a nail in your tire is do not touch it. If the nail is deep enough, it can plug the hole so air does not leak from the tire. As soon as you notice the nail, contact a tire store so you can get your tire repaired. If you do not get your tire repaired soon, the tire could blowout causing an even bigger problem. A blowout causes a dangerous situation as you can potentially lose control of your vehicle.

  • If for some reason you are unable to get to the tire store, know that the longer you drive with a nail in your tire, the worse it can get. Driving a short distance to the tire store is okay, but commuting to work is not.

  • If the hole is small enough, the store may be able to repair the hole instead of having to replace the entire tire. Plugging tires is a much simpler fix than replacing the entire tire. Yet, if you drove on your tire too long, the nail could have caused more damaged over time, making it impossible for the store to plug the tire. Instead, they may have to change out the entire tire, which is more extensive.

As soon as you notice a nail in your tire, contact a tire store to have your tire inspected. Driving with a hole in your tire is potentially dangerous and could cause a blowout. Furthermore, driving too long with the nail can ruin the tire so you will have to replace the entire tire, instead of having a small piece plugged.


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Ben

40 years of experience
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Ben
40 years of experience
Ford Ranger - Spare Tire Installation - Houston, Texas
My tire went flat (due a nail) while it was in my garage. I was unable to remove the tire, but Ben was able to quickly remove the tire - and then plugged the tire leak, too, saving me from having to take the tire to a repair shop! He was very professional, on time (actually early) and and overall a great guy the deal with!

Walter

45 years of experience
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Walter
45 years of experience
Honda Civic - Spare Tire Installation - Claremore, Oklahoma
Walter was AMAZING!! He was so kind and really knew his stuff! He gave us some great tips to keep our vehicles healthy. We've got his card and will ABSOLUTELY call him again, THANK YOU!!!

Joe

14 years of experience
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Joe
14 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Spare Tire Installation - Antioch, Tennessee
I have booked Joe several times at this point and I feel he is very knowledgeable and patient when explaining needed repairs to me. He communicates well and has a pleasant manner and disposition. I have never felt that he would suggest a service that was not needed, which has not always been the case when I used to take my car to a dealership for service.

James

40 years of experience
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James
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Volkswagen Jetta - Spare Tire Installation - Beachwood, Ohio
Jim is great! Hilarious guy and of course did an amazing job with the car too. I'd highly recommend him. Thanks so much Jim

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