Flat Tire

Encountering a flat tire is a common roadside emergency. If you anticipate that a tire is going flat, firmly grasp the steering wheel and pull onto the road’s shoulder or as far off the road as possible. If there is a nearby driveway or side street, turn to get to the least traveled road. Be prepared by checking your vehicle’s spare tire pressure and condition periodically. Depending on the location, whether you are on a busy freeway or desolate rural road, may impact your decision to use a liquid spray, change the tire, or to call a tow truck. Changing a driver’s side tire on a busy highway can be dangerous.

Liquid Tire Spray. Liquid sprays that are inserted into the tire valve are only recommended for temporary emergency fixes. The liquid can corrode the inside of the wheel and throw the tire off balance. After use, the tire should be taken off the wheel so the inside can be dried, patched, and rebalanced. Prior to service, inform the tire technician if you used a liquid tire spray. Special precautions need to be taken to avoid injury. Note: Do not use liquid tire sprays on vehicles with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), unless it says “TPMS Safe”.