car edito safe riding tips and advice

I have a flat tire or a soft tire 

Symptom: flat tire

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Diagnostic: Tire Damage that Requires Repair

  • Most punctures of nail holes or cuts up to 6mm confined to the tread may be repaired by a tyre professional using industry-approved procedures.
  • An on-the-wheel plug-only repair is not reliable and is dangerous because after a puncture the inside of a tire must be inspected.


  • The proper repair of a radial tire (most tires) includes the placing of a rubber patch on the inner liner of the tire and a rubber filling of the hole.
  • Do not attempt to repair tires with tread punctures larger than 6mm or any sidewall puncture. Also, do not have tires repaired that are worn below 2/32 tread depth.
  • Replace your damaged tire with a spare tire – but first be sure to check the spare tire's sidewall for the correct inflation pressure, speed and mileage limitations. Take your vehicle for an inspection to a tire professional.

Symptom: soft tires

Diagnostic: Under inflation

  • Reduces tread life through increased tread wear on the outside edges (or shoulders) of the tire
  • Generates excessive heat, which reduces tire durability and can lead to tire failure
  • Reduces fuel economy through increased rolling resistance


Add air to your tire until it reaches the proper air pressure (psi: as measured by an air pressure gauge).

To find the proper air pressure, consult your vehicle owner’s manual or find your recommended psi on the sticker on your door.

car edito infographic soft tyre tips and advice
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