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The Ultimate Tyre Puncture Survival Guide

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to a driver is to get a puncture. For new or inexperienced drivers, having to change your tyre can be a stressful thing to do. Even for more advanced drivers, being forced to stop and change a tyre can leave you in a dangerous situation, especially if it happens on a motorway.

Another frustration is that most punctures can be avoided. So what can you do to prevent suffering from a blow out? Here is our ultimate tyre puncture survival guide.

What tread depth should I be looking for?

The legal minimum requirement here in the UK is a tread depth of 1.6mm. This is across the entire wheel, so not just on the exposed outer edges where it is easier to see. You can check this depth yourself with a 20p coin. Place the edge into the tyre tread. If you can see the interior edge of the coinís outer border, then the tread is too thin.

What causes a slow puncture?

A slow puncture is when there is damage to a tyre that does not immediately cause it to go flat. You will be able to spot this by examining the tyres and seeing if any are of a drastically different shape to the others.† We all know that tyres should be round. But even if its slightly off a perfect circle, it can be a potential problem.

The biggest causes of a slow puncture are foreign bodies piercing the rubber. These will either cause the puncture and be removed, or remain stuck inside. This can be bits of metal or glass from the road. You may be tempted to remove the object like you would if you had a splinter in your hand. But it may also be plugging a bigger hole that, when removed, will start to deflate the tyre.

You should get your tyre checked either way, but in this case, you might want to leave the foreign body in if it looks like it has penetrated deep.

How to repair a puncture?

Repairing a puncture is something that should be considered as a last resort. You really canít afford to be playing with your tyres, as they are responsible for the carís grip to the road and its braking. You can buy puncture repair kits but these should only be used as a temporary measure. Follow the instructions on the kit carefully, and make sure that it is working effectively before you drive away. You should then move the car to the nearest safe place, be it a garage, service station or your home.

Donít forget to check your spare tyre

Itís not just the four tyres on your car that need to be checked regularly. You will want to keep an eye out on the spare tyre too. Thereís no point having a backup tyre ready to go if it too is punctured. When you conduct a service of your car, donít ignore the spare!

AUDI  15/05/2019 09:02:23

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