I remember one of the first times I had ever had a flat tire.
I was leaving the MoiveTavern just a few minutes away from my home.
I at the time was a new driver, and I wasnt really sure as to what I should have done in this situation.
I naively decided that I would drive back to my home since it was only a few minutes away.
Even though I was driving slowly this was a bad idea.
The reason for this is that once I was almost home, I noticed a smoke coming from underneath my vehicle.
Naturally, I freaked out, but instead of stopping I continued driving home.
Once I made it into the driveway, I notice that the flat tire was ripped to shreds.
I then notified my parents who were very upset about the tire since they would be paying for the replacement, but also because I put my safety at risk.
Through my mistake future drivers can learn what to do in case they have a flat tire, and avoid making the same mistake I did.
One of the first risks that drivers take when they drive on a flat tire is additional damage to their vehicle.
The tire is just the rubber donut that is wrapped on the rim of the vehicle wheel.
This rubber acts as a protection for the rim and you.
While driving with the damaged tire the rim may take a beating which could lead to other parts of the vehicle becoming damaged.
This can be very expensive to fix and/or replace.
An additional risk that drivers take when driving on a damaged tire is their personal safety.
While driving on a flat tire a driver is more likely to lose control of the vehicle.
This could be deadly for the driver and other drivers on the roadway.
In addition to losing control of the car the driver assumes the risk of the vehicle catching fire.
Once the rims of a wheel hit the ground sparks can be produced.
The sparks created could interact with a very flammable part of the vehicle.
That being said driving a vehicle with a flat tire could turn into driving a bomb on three wheels.
One of the first things that a driver should consider when they have a flat tire is to see if they have a spare tire.
By switching the damaged tire with the spare a driver can safely make it to a short destination such as a shop to have their damaged tire fixed and/or replaced.
This would also prevent the driver from further damaging the rest of their car.
If a spare isnt available drivers should consider calling a tow truck.
Most insurance companies offer roadside assistance which means that the drivers insurance company will cover the cost of having a vehicle towed to a repair shop.
With this option no driver should even consider driving on a flat tire.