One of your tires has just burst and as if that was not enough, you suddenly realize that there is no safe place in the vicinity to park and change it? Do not panic ! It is often possible to continue driving for a few hundred meters, even with tires in poor condition. Although it is generally inadvisable to drive with a flat tire at the risk of permanently damaging the rims, there are certain situations which leave no other choice. When driving flat is necessary, you should try to drive slowly, favor smooth and flat roads, but also get to a safe place as soon as possible.
Try not to drive faster than 20 to 30 km / h with a punctured wheel, otherwise you will cause irreparable damage to the metal rim under the tread, but you may also lose control of the vehicle. Do not press too hard on the accelerator or if possible, idle to a place where you can park safely. Driving fast will only damage the rim faster, because at high speed it is subjected to greater forces without the tread to protect it from bumps and debris.
If you’re on a descent, let gravity do the work, keeping your foot on the brake pedal.
Avoid potholes, steep slopes, and holes in the asphalt. A road in poor condition can damage the rims, veil them and cause a lack of parallelism. Also avoid wet or sandy terrain which could cause the car to slip or get bogged down. Use paved roads, parking areas, shoulders or the highway.
Avoid sharp turns or winding avenues. Just drive slowly and in a straight line and only slightly turn the steering wheel when you have the opportunity to park. Choose the route as straight as possible to get to your destination. Keep the steering wheel still to counter the resistance created by the punctured tire, but do not exert too much force so as not to affect your ability to maneuver. Each time you turn, you put more pressure on the edges of the rim.