Can You Drive with a Nail in Your Tire?

Nail TireYour tires are built to get you through a lot. Their reliable tread helps you grip the road for dependable handling and safe braking and stopping. So, what happens when your journey takes you over a sharp object?

Nails are one of the most common objects that can end up stuck in your tires. Usually when you find one, it’s already punctured your tire. Since the tire still looks inflated, it’s natural to wonder, can you drive with a nail in your tire?

Nissan of Mobile answers that question for drivers in Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland, so you’ll know what to do and when to head in for tire service.

Is It Safe to Drive with a Nail in Your Tire?

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Yes and no. It is safe for you to drive a short distance from your house or wherever you first noticed the nail to your local service center or tire center. While the nail has likely punctured the tire, in many cases it’s actually plugging the hole that it created.

This means that while the nail caused your tire to start leaking air, it’s also keeping it from deflating by causing air to leak out slower than it would if it had pierced it and fallen out. The upside is that you likely won’t lose air quickly enough to make driving to the nearest tire center a problem.

On the other hand, it is not safe to continue driving with a nail in your tire. If you don’t get your tire patched or replaced quickly, it will gradually lose air over time. This can cause two possible problems.

The first is that obviously your tire will eventually go flat. Driving on three properly inflated tires and one underinflated tire isn’t safe. Plus, driving on a flat tire for a while can damage the rims of your wheels. The second is that it puts your punctured tire at risk of a blowout.

Tire Repair near Me

When you notice that one of your tires has a nail in it, visit the service center at Nissan of Mobile. We have a highly trained team of technicians to take care of all your maintenance and repairs. They’ll be able to check your air pressure, inspect that tire, and determine if the hole can be repaired.

If it’s something that can be fixed, they’ll patch the hole and fill your tire up to the recommended air pressure. When the hole is too large, don’t worry. They’ll be able to replace your tire with a new one from our tire center.

If you have any questions about if you can drive with a nail in your tire, contact us or visit our service center. Schedule service with us online if you find a nail stuck in one of your tires. We’re proud to provide routine tire rotations and reliable tire repair near Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland.