A flat tire is the act of running your car through a flat section of pavement without stopping it from rolling down the road.
There are several reasons why you might want to avoid hitting a flat tyre: 1) you can drive with less grip, especially on soft roads, or 2) your car may be too heavy to stop in the event of a flat.
In fact, a car’s weight is only one factor you should consider when deciding whether or not you can safely drive on a flat surface.
So how can you safely drive your flat tyres?
There are some tips and tricks that will help you avoid a flat, but they’re all about being safe and being prepared.
Keep reading to find out how to avoid a car hitting a hard surface.1.
Avoid hard surfaces When you’re driving on soft pavement, you may be more at risk of hitting a tyre if you’re not careful.
There is a misconception that hard surfaces are more likely to cause a flat than soft ones.
This is not true, according to the Australian Road Safety Association.
There’s no evidence that hard-surface crashes are more common on hard surfaces.
And the most common cause of a crash on a hard road is a vehicle hitting a concrete wall or the ground with a truck or vehicle.
A study from the Australian Institute of Public Health found that in Australia, around 40 per cent of people who hit a hard-surfaced vehicle were hurt, compared with just over 5 per cent on soft surfaces.2.
Use your brakes correctly When you hit a flat or hard surface, there’s a chance you might hit something that can cause a broken bone.
But the most important thing to remember when you’re doing this is to use your brakes, and not your foot, when you brake.
You want to be sure your brake pads and pressure plates are aligned with the brake.
This way you can feel your brake.
A flat surface will not be completely flat if you don’t use your brake properly.3.
Use caution with other vehicles A flat tyre can be a serious hazard to other drivers.
If you’re approaching other vehicles, be aware of their behaviour.
If someone is walking on a pavement and stops to pick up a leaf, don’t do it.
If a car is on a soft surface, it’s much more likely that they’ll be stopped by a pedestrian on the pavement.
If people are on a surface that’s difficult to stop on, you might be more likely than someone else to hit them.4.
Consider your tyre pressureIf you’re getting close to a hard pavement, be mindful of the pressure you’re using on your tyre.
You may need to increase your pressure if you feel your tyres are being worn.
If your pressure is too low, the pressure may increase further, and the tyre may come off.5.
Wear a helmetA helmet is a good way to ensure you don,t hit your head or the pavement if you hit it hard.
You’ll need to wear a helmet when driving on a rough surface, such as a dirt road.
It’s also a good idea to wear your protective helmet while you’re stopping for a flat and for when you are driving on flat surfaces.6.
Check for other vehiclesThe most common causes of a car running over a flat are other vehicles hitting it hard, such the road being too rough.
If there’s an accident involving other vehicles that’s happened on the road, it might help to take a look at the road surface.
If it’s still there, then the crash may have happened before.
You might also want to look at where the crash occurred, and see if there’s any damage.