Most drivers will have to deal with a flat tyre at some point in their lives. If you find yourself in this position, you already know how frustrating and potentially dangerous it can be when your vehicle experiences a flat tyre. And while there’s no way to completely prevent it from happening, regularly maintaining your tyres and understanding the risk factors is always useful. This blog will cover the main factors that frequently cause flat tyres to occur.

1.  Sharp Objects

Glass and nails are the most common causes of tyre punctures. If you want to reduce your chances of encountering a flat tyre, avoid road debris as much as possible.

2.  Damage to the Valve Stems

The valve stem is a self-contained valve on the wheel that keeps tyres inflated and unscrews to let you add or remove air as necessary. If it is damaged or corrodes, air will leak out of the tyre and consequently will go flat.

3.  Ripped or Worn Out Tyre

It can be extremely dangerous to drive a prolonged distance with a ripped or worn-out tyre. Before you go on a long journey, always make sure that your tyres are intact on all sides.

4.  Tyre Bead Leaks

The tyre bead is the term for the edge of the tyre that sits on the wheel, and occasionally air can begin to leak out of them. If you want to check that your tyre beads are airtight, spray soapy water across the wheels and valve system – if you notice a steady stream of bubbles emerging, take it as an indication of a tyre bead leak.

5.  Vandalism

Vandals will recreationally let air out of the tyres of parked cars – either for fun or to harm you later on. Thankfully, in this case, you can simply reinflate your tyre and it will be as good as new.

6.  Over-Pumping

Over-pumping of the tyres can be intensely risky and can lead to dangerous scenarios such as a huge blowout. Only fill up your tyre with as much air as is required.

7.  Separation of Rim and Tyre

Separation generally occurs when a tyre gets rubbed against a sharp object, or if it brushes against a curb. The tyre will slip from the rim and will thus release air. In such cases, it’s best to seek professional advice rather than attempting to perform repairs yourself.

8.  Alloy Wheel Leaks

If your vehicle has aluminium wheels, it’s essential that you frequently check your tyre pressure. If you find that leakage is a recurring problem, you should take your vehicle for routine checkups and professional repairs.

9.  Road Hazards

Uneven roads, potholes and road debris are all hazardous to your vehicle’s wheels and can result in tyre punctures.

10. Unexpected Damage

Since many tyre punctures are completely unexpected, there’s no concrete way to prevent flat tyres from happening. Therefore, you should always be very careful when driving on poorly constructed or damaged roads and try not to apply brakes too suddenly as this can cause unprecedented damage. Above all, do not try to change your vehicle’s tyres yourself: always seek the assistance of a professional.

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