According to the United States Department of Transportation, 622 people lost their lives due to tire-related crashes in 2021. Driving on a flat tire is not like driving on an inflated tire. Properly inflated tires provide control and stability.
Furthermore, driving on a deflated tire can ignite a tire fire. As the tire materials rub against the roadway, that friction can produce enough heat to strike up a fire. Tire fires are difficult to extinguish and can spread quickly, which makes tire fires extremely hazardous.
Not every flat tire is a complete loss. In fact, plenty of flat tires only require a simple and inexpensive repair to be able to hold air again. You would not need to purchase a whole new tire to get back on the road. But when you drive on a flat tire, you can turn a small issue into a big problem.
If you choose to drive on a tire without air in it, you risk sustaining damage to the: • Wheel • Rim • Rotors • Fenders • Alignment • Braking system • Suspension system • Steering system
The air in a tire provides cushion and support to the entire wheel system. Driving on a flat tire puts undue pressure and weight on areas of the car that typically never come in contact with the road.
before you risk damage to your vehicle, yourself, and others on the road, please remember that driving on a deflated tire is not the answer. Instead, call us for roadside assistance. While we are known as a Utah towing company, we provide flat tire services in addition to emergency towing services.