What can I do to prevent a puncture?
The vast majority of punctures are not preventable, but following can help to reduce the risk:
- Regularly check the treads on your tyres for embedded glass or foreign material.
- Make sure your tyres are always inflated correctly and don’t forget to check the spare tyre as well.
How do I know something is wrong?
In case of slow air leakage this can be either visually detected (tyres shows lower profile than other tyres on the car) or felt during driving (handling behaviour is gradually changing).
In case of sudden air loss, one immediately feels a loss in control. Try to slow down while steadily holding the steering wheel and stop immediately to replace your tyre.
If your car is equipped with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), the system alerts you as soon as there is a drop in tyre pressure of one of the tyres.
In case your car is equipped with Run Flat Tyres, you can still control the vehicle when there is a sudden loss of air pressure. RFT tyres allow you to move the vehicle at limited speed for a limited distance.
What should I do when I think I have a puncture?
For sake of safety and to avoid further damage of your tyre, wheel or car, one should best have the tyre checked as soon as possible. Pull over, replace the tyre with your spare.