If, while on a road journey, you experience a tire issue that stops you from driving any farther (such as a puncture or a blowout), you should follow these steps.
Pull into the nearest auto shop that offers a tire repair service
In these circumstances, your initial instinct might be to arrange to have the tire replaced immediately. However, it would be better to try using a tire repair service first. There are two reasons why this could be the best decision. Firstly, it is possible that your tire might only be slightly damaged and that a mechanic will be able to permanently repair it for you. It's important to find out if this is the case, as having the tire repaired will probably be cheaper than purchasing a new one.
Secondly, even if the tire is severely damaged and can only be temporarily repaired (i.e. patched up to the point where you can safely drive home on it), it would still be wiser to get this done first, as you won't then end up hurriedly purchasing the first new tire you see in the nearest tire store (which might not be the best choice for your vehicle or which might be overpriced). Instead, you'll have time to carefully select a tire that is well-made and affordable.
Consult a reputable auto service provider before purchasing the new tire
If, when you get the tire repaired, you are informed that you will definitely need a new one and the tire research that you do by yourself after finding this out leaves you a bit confused, you should consult an auto service provider. They will be able to give you some professional guidance regarding which tire would be optimal for your vehicle and lifestyle.
For instance, if you have a sports car and often like to drive near the maximum speed limit, they might advise you to get a tire with a very high speed rating, as this will not only make driving close to the speed limit more enjoyable for you but will also mean that the tire you pick will have that level of toughness that is needed when a car is driven on at high speeds very frequently, which will mean its treads should not, therefore, wear down too quickly. This expert may also be able to point you in the direction of a tire shop that is offering a special deal on performance tires.
For more information on tire repair or new tires, reach out to a professional.Share