If you’re like me, you’ve been in your car after seeing an accident up ahead at least once in your life. You wait patiently for someone to let you through, and then someone does.
You move slowly forward, trying not to hit anyone or anything.
worried that you might be walking on broken glass.
Most of the time, steel belt technology used by most major tyre manufacturers makes it safe for car tyres to run over broken glass. Even though a flat tyre isn’t likely, you should try to avoid broken glass if you can.
So, let’s take a closer look at how glass and other things on the road that could cause a flat tyre are kept away from tyres.
Will I Get a Flat Tire if I Run Over Glass?
Most of the time, yes, but it’s not always a sure thing. Even though it’s probably safe to do, and I’ve done it when I had no other choice, anything can happen. There are things that help you and things that hurt you.
But, I have good news!
Most of the big tyre companies that make tyres for cars use something called “steel belt technology” under the rubber tread. Since the middle of the 1970s, they’ve been doing this. Because of this, it’s very unlikely that a piece of glass could puncture a passenger vehicle tyre enough to cause a major blowout.
I’ve never had a major blowout, but I’ve seen what it does to cars when they’re going fast on the highway. I don’t want to go through something like that, and I don’t think you do either.
I’ve learned that it’s best not to say “never.” Because of the technology in good tyres, it’s unlikely that highway glass would damage a passenger vehicle tyre that is in good shape.
That’s what’s wrong. You don’t always have a normal tyre that is in good shape. Glass could be a problem for cheap tyres, low-quality brands, and tyres that aren’t in great shape. Don’t let your tyres get too old, beat up, or used too much.
What Can Puncture Tires?
Glass isn’t your biggest worry when it comes to flat tyres. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s nails. When you run over a nail, the head might move or even bounce a little.
When nails get run over, they do strange things!
This is due in large part to how easy it is to bend them, which makes it easy to get a hole in the thing that runs over them. The problem is made worse by the fact that they can also damage the tyres of the car behind the one that runs them over.
If I’m in front of you, I might run over some nails and make them fly up. If you were driving right behind me, you’d hit the sharp edges and get a hole.
That’s just an example; I’d never do that to you on purpose.
You can hurt yourself, which is sad. Nails can get kicked up by the front tyres and get stuck in the back tyres. Many tyre experts will tell you that nails usually go through the back tyres.
But you have to worry about more than just your nails. Aside from glass and nails, there are other things that worry me:
Waste from building work
This can include pieces of steel, metal sheets, or even wood. Any one of them could damage or puncture your tyres or mine.
This is more likely to happen when you are off-road, but it can also happen when paved roads meet unpaved roads.
Some of the rocks on dump trucks could also fall off as they drive on the same roads as us. Those signs on the back that say “minimum distance” are not a joke.
Bolts and screws are used to hold things together.
These aren’t as bad as nails when you hold them in your hand, but they’re just as bad for your tyres when you’re going fast on the highway.
You can run over these anywhere at any time, whether they fall off of cars or just end up in the road for a million other reasons.
How to Check for a Punctured Tire
You never want to have to deal with a hole, but there are some signs that might tell you to check for one.
Warning Signs You Need to Look for a Puncture
When you drive, if your car feels shaky or if the wheel shakes, it could be because one of your tyres isn’t in sync with the others.
When I was having trouble steering my car, I found a hole in the tyre. It turned out to be a slow leak, and the tyre slowly lost air over the course of several days. Even if a hole isn’t big enough to cause a highway blowout, it’s still dangerous.
If you notice that your car is drifting to the left or right, almost as if it is being pulled in one of those directions, this could be a sign that your tyres are not inflated enough. Even if it’s not dangerous right away, this makes it harder to steer, wears out your tyres faster, and wastes more gas.
Most of the time, a sudden turn left or right is a blowout. The hole or damage in a tyre was so bad that it suddenly blew.
Looking for the Puncture
If your tyre blows out, you might not be able to find anything, let alone a point. But if there is a small hole or a slow leak, you might be able to find the problem and have it fixed.
First, check that your tyre has enough air in it. Many passenger cars will tell you right on the dashboard how much air is in the tyres, so you might not even need to do this.
Second, look at your tyre to see if it has any cuts, holes, or objects sticking out of the tread. To see the whole tyre, you will have to either jack up the car or move it at least once.
Third, see if there is air. Listen with your ear in as many places as you can for hissing sounds. Also, put your hands around the tyre to see if you can feel any air escaping.
If you really want to get good, you can put soapy water around the tyre to make bubbles cover it. This can show you where a leak is. In the same way, you can take off the tyre and put it in water to see where the air bubbles appear. This will show you where the leak is.
I just make sure I have roadside assistance and that I can call someone if I need to.
If your tyre is completely flat, your car shouldn’t move on its own. Either put on a new tyre right away or call someone to come help you.
If you call a tow truck, make sure the flat tyre is no longer on the road. Either that end of your car needs to be lifted, or you need a tow truck with a platform that can hold the whole car.
If you find a small leak and your car can still be driven safely for now, don’t wait too long to get it fixed. As soon as you can, take it to a mechanic or a tyre store near you. If you drive a tyre that is leaking for a long time, it will wear out faster.
In recent years, patches and repairs have come a long way, but only if you find the problem and fix it quickly.
Whether you like it or not, you’ll drive over broken glass at some point. Most likely, your tyres will be fine, but that’s not always the case.
Knowing what can cause a tyre to get a hole and how to check for holes helps you take care of your tyres so you can keep driving safely.