Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. Is it Safe to Drive With a Nail in My Tire?

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

Nail in 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.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...
Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requires that all drivers in Kentucky carry liability automotive insurance, or “financial responsibility” in order to operate a vehicle legally and maintain vehicle...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...

Related questions

Q: What does the StabiliTrak off light mean?

The StabiliTrack off light is located on your instrument panel. When the StabiliTrack system has been turn off, the StabiliTrack off light will illuminate. Tip The StabiliTrack of light will briefly illuminate when the car is turned on. When the...

Q: What does it mean if the Low Tire Pressure Light on the dash comes on?

Your car is equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). It checks that each of your tires has the right amount of air. If it notices a drop in pressure, it will turn on the Low Tire Pressure Light...

Q: Where are the LATCH lower anchors?

Your rear seats have four lower anchors that can be used with any LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child restraint system. The lower anchors are located on each side of the rear outboard seats, where the seat cushion...