How to Tell if your Tire is Flat or Losing Air

Tires are an essential part of your vehicle. Without them we wouldn’t be able to get around. It is essential that you maintain your tires so that your vehicle can run optimally. Tires that are flat or are running out of air can affect how your car handles and your car’s gas mileage. Even more important, flat tires can cause traffic accidents. If your car doesn’t handle well or your tire pops, you can lose control of your car and cause an accident, injuring yourself and others around you. That is why it is important to detect that your tire is flat, for your safety and the performance of your car. There are a few tell-tale signs that your tire is flat or losing air. Read on to see a few of those signs along with what to do if you find yourself in a car with a flat or underinflated tire:

Your Car Veers in a Certain Direction
A good way to tell if one of your car’s tires are flat is if your car veers in one direction or another when you let go of the steering wheel. This occurs because when one of your tires is underinflated your car becomes unstable, like a table or chair that has one short leg. Driving a car with a flat or underinflated tire can be extremely difficult, as not only to do you have to pay attention to the road but you must also concentrate on keeping your car on a straight path.

If you feel your car is veering to one side then it is time to either inflate your tire or get a new one altogether. If you are on the road, make sure not to panic, calmly drive your car to the nearest gas station. Most gas stations have an air pump that you can use to inflate your flat tire. If your tire has been punctured, you will need to replace it. If this is the case then you have three options. The first option is if you are able to drive your car to the nearest tire repair center then they will be able to replace the tire for you. Your second option is if you are not able to drive on the tire then you can replace the tire if you have a replacement tire and tools in your car. Once you have your replacement tire on, you should drive directly to a tire replacement center, as most replacement tires are not meant to be driven on for too long. If you are unable to drive your car on your deflated tire – and you don’t have a replacement in your car – then you should call roadside assistance to tow your car to the nearest tire replacement center. The most important thing to remember when you are driving on a deflated tire is to stay calm; if you become panicky you may lose control of your car, leading to an accident.

Appearance
The appearance of your tire is also a dead giveaway as to whether or not your tire has been punctured or is deflated. If one of your tires appears to have “rolls” or is wrapping over the hubcap then your tire is deflated and needs to be either replaced or inflated. The appearance of your car while it is not running can also be a clue as to whether or not you have a flat tire. If your car appears to be slanted or leaning to one side then your car most likely has a deflated tire.

If your tire appears to be deflated then it is important to inflate it. A tire that appears to be deflated may not be that flat, and you may be able to drive on it. But eventually that tire will deflate even more, putting you in a dangerous driving situation.

It is important to inflate deflated tires. By knowing the signs of an underinflated or flat tire you can ensure that your car will perform optimally and you can avoid a potential accident.