Got a puncture? At Car Tyres and You, we are here to help get you back on the road.
What do I do If I get a tyre puncture?
If you experience a tyre puncture while driving, here are the steps you can follow to address the situation:
- Stay calm and find a safe spot: Gradually slow down your vehicle and look for a safe location away from traffic to pull over. Avoid stopping on a busy road or in a hazardous area.
- Turn on hazard lights: Switch on your hazard lights to alert other drivers that your vehicle is stationary and there is an issue.
- Assess the damage: Once you've parked safely, visually inspect the tyre to determine the extent of the damage. If the tyre is completely flat or severely damaged, it may not be safe to drive on it.
- Decide on your action plan: Depending on the severity of the puncture, you have a few options:
a. Spare tyre: If your vehicle is equipped with a spare tyre, you can replace the punctured tyre with the spare yourself if you are confident in your ability to do so. Refer to your vehicle's manual for instructions on changing a tyre. Remember to drive cautiously as spare tyres are typically not designed for extended use or high speeds.
b. Repair kit: Some vehicles come with a tyre repair kit that includes a sealant to temporarily patch the puncture. Follow the instructions provided with the kit to seal the tyre. This is usually a temporary solution, and you should have the tyre inspected and repaired or replaced by a professional as soon as possible.
c. Roadside assistance: If you are unable to change the tyre yourself or don't have a spare tyre, consider calling a roadside assistance service or your vehicle's manufacturer helpline. They can send a professional to help you change the tyre or tow your vehicle to a nearby service centre.
5. Inform others: If you're unable to move your vehicle to a safe location or arrange for assistance immediately, it's a good idea to put up a reflective triangle or use other warning signs to alert oncoming traffic.Call Us
Remember that it's important to prioritise your safety and the safety of others on the road. If you're uncertain about changing a tyre or have concerns about your vehicle's condition, seek professional assistance to ensure proper repair or replacement of the damaged tyre.
Are all tyre punctures repairable?
The proper tyre repair procedures in Victoria, Australia, are guided by the standards set by the Australian Tyre Repair Standards (ATRS). The ATRS provide guidelines for the safe and effective repair of damaged tyres.
Here are some key points to consider:
- Inspection: The tyre should be thoroughly inspected to assess the nature and extent of the damage. It is essential to determine if the puncture can be repaired or if the tyre needs to be replaced.
- Repairable area: The ATRS specify the repairable area of a tyre, which typically excludes the shoulder (sidewall) and the tread shoulder (outermost section of the tyre's tread). Only punctures within the repairable area can be considered for repair.
- Repair method: The ATRS recommend the use of a combination repair method, which involves both a plug and a patch. The plug is inserted from the inside of the tyre to seal the puncture, and a patch is applied from the outside to reinforce the repair.
- Qualified repairer: It is advisable to have tyre repairs performed by qualified professionals who follow the ATRS guidelines. They have the necessary expertise and equipment to ensure a safe and effective repair.
- Replacement in certain cases: Some punctures, such as those in the sidewall, near the shoulder, or larger than the repairable limits, may require tyre replacement rather than repair. The decision to repair or replace the tyre should be made based on the assessment of a qualified tyre professional.
Please note that tyre repair standards may evolve over time, and it's important to consult the most current guidelines provided by relevant authorities, tyre manufacturers, or industry organizations to ensure compliance with the latest regulations and best practices for tyre repairs.
Do tyre punctures come in 3s?
No, the concept of punctures occurring in sets of three is purely a superstition or a myth and has no basis in reality. Punctures can happen randomly and independently, and there is no inherent connection between one puncture and the likelihood of experiencing two more punctures in succession.
Tyre punctures are typically caused by sharp objects on the road, such as nails, screws, or glass, and they can occur at any time and in any number. It's important to maintain proper tyre maintenance and inspection to catch and repair punctures promptly, regardless of the number of previous incidents.
Remember to check your tyres regularly for signs of damage, maintain proper tyre pressure, and drive with caution to minimize the risk of punctures and other tyre-related issues.
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