Do You Know How to Drive If Your Tire Goes Flat?

Having a tire go flat or completely come apart while you’re driving at highway speed isn’t pretty. It can be especially scary if you’re a new driver.

Here’s an infographic on what to do if it happens to you. And a checklist for preventing flat tires in the first place.

Survive a Flat Tire on the Road

How Can You Prevent Flat Tires?

Avoid tire failure by following these easy tips.

  1. Check tire pressure monthly, including the spare.

  2. Slow down if you have to drive over a pothole or other object in the road.

  3. Don’t run over curbs or other foreign objects in the roadway, and try not to hit or rub the curb when parking.

  4. Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of wear or trauma.

  5. Remove any stones, bits of glass or other foreign objects wedged in the tread.

  6. Make sure your tire valves have caps.

  7. Pickup drivers should be extra careful about proper tire pressure. Overloading and low tire pressure can cause tire overheating leading to tire failure. Sudden flat tires cause more than three times the number of crashes in pickups than in passenger cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.